Admittedly, I'm not a green thumb. But I have such desire to be one that I feel it should count for something. I really want to add more plants to our home - they offer health benefits, make you feel connected to nature, and give your decor kind of a funky 70's vibe. All good, in my opinion. So the plant I purchased yesterday is, what I would think, a good starter plant. It's one of those mixed bowls of succulents. Those are supposed to be low maintenance, right? I certainly hope so because it's the plant maintenance that I struggle with from time to time.
Are some people born knowing how much to water a plant? Because I was not. We have a shamrock plant that has been around for several years now. It's a real fighter, that one. Sometimes the pot is bursting with willowy stems and leaves and sometimes there's just one withering sprig making a valiant effort to keep the entire pot from being pitched into the trash can. It seems to me the plant begins to fail most often after I water it. Isn't that what you're supposed to do? When I ignore it, it takes off and sprouts all sorts of new life. I don't get it. Do I love too much?
Last year we babysat our neighbors lemon tree while they were in Brazil for a few months. They left with us a lush, leafy shrub sporting numerous future lemons. When they returned, it had approximately 15 leaves remaining, a lot of what appeared to be lemon raisins, and some kind of mite infestation. It was an embarrassment. And, unfortunately, not a surprise.
But, I'm not a quitter, so I'm giving it another go. When I picked up the plant at Whole Foods, I whispered an apology to it - it seemed the right thing to do, all things considered. I really want this to work. I figure I managed to sustain two human babies, why not a few plants? Here's to hoping my new Earth Day pot of succulents represents the turning of a new leaf (intended) in my quest for botanical success. You can stop rolling your eyes now, Mother Nature.
I'm wearing this.
Somehow a peasant top, gladiator sandals, and moto jeans felt right for a conference with JD's math teacher. I don't know why.
gratitude: green things, asian salads, being happy right now, orchids
thanks and love.