Bloomers for Dummies: Something for Everyone
My name is Lisa, and I’m a serial plant killer.
It’s true. I’ve killed more plants than Roundup. Inside, outside—I’ve even laid waste to an air fern. An air fern, people! I either over water, under water, or forget to water. Or in the case of the air fern, I set it in the wrong place and a blanket landed on it for, well, an extended period of time. Turns out air ferns actually need, you know…air. But lucky for me, there are plants out there that manage to thrive no matter what I do, as if they’ve volunteered for duty as Bloomers for Dummies.
Top of the list of Bloomers for Dummies is daylilies. I love daylilies, primarily because I can’t kill them. They bloom in spite of me. That photo above is from my front yard, bordering the walkway to my porch (I love my porch—a couple of rockers, a swing, the scent of roses—yeah, baby!). Knock-out roses are another Bloomer for Dummies. As long as I remember to cut them back once a year, those suckers are good to go. This is my house with the roses in bloom:
In a few weeks hanging baskets will decorate the spaces between the porch posts. I’ve put it off this year out of deference to the basket bloomers at the nursery. The poor things shudder the second we start sharing air space. It’s as if they somehow know I’m the Grim Reaper, and if they go home with me they’ll be gasping their last by mid August. But last year I discovered Angel Wing begonias, which flourished. They look pathetic when I forget to water them, but their sheer, um, pathetic-ness, is what reminds me to fill the watering can. “Uh-oh,” I’ll say to the hubster. “The begonias have their tongues hanging out. Time to water!” I’ll be buying those suckers again this year. (Shhh…don’t tell them. Let’s let it be a surprise.)
In a world of people with green thumbs—like my sister, who can make even a silk-constructed African violet double in size just by looking at it—I’m thrilled that Mother Nature has created plants for people like me. It’s like she knows I have love in my heart, even if I have no common plant-sense to spare.
Is there anything you wish you could do or be more proficient at? Something you’ve found a way to find success with, even though you know your skills are limited? I need Bloomers for Dummies. What do you need?
Enjoy your week—see you Friday for Observations from the Tub!
P.S. Just a reminder that Love Built to Last releases on the 20th of this month! That same day I’ll be doing a guest post over at The Jaunty Quills, a blog hosted by ten best-selling authors, including my fave, Kristan Higgins. Hope you’ll put it on your calendar check it out!