Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bye Bye Black Thumb

I told you guys one of my goals for the new year is to "Keep some plants alive". I figure I should give you a little background and some pics to base progress on, right?

We did not have a single plant inside our old house. In two-and-a-half years. Hell, the only plants we had outside were shrubs and the Hostas that were so hardy even I couldn't kill them. Not that I tried. I did nothing to anything on the exterior of the house. We were renting and I figured there was no point. The house sat back off the road and the only neighbors had their backs to us, so I figured why waste my money... I did trim some of the bushes, but that was it.

When we looked at this house it was May and everything was verdant and beautiful and I figured how hard could it be to keep up with? When the paperwork finally came through and we closed in June, a lot of the plants were gone. Apparently the kids had come and taken whatever they wanted. Classy. So I was left with a few bushes and enough ferns that I felt like we were living in Land of the Lost. I finally dug up all the ferns, planted some Hostas, Creeping Jenny, and Mums, and mulched in late August, or maybe it was September, of this year.

So I have no idea how the exterior of the house is going to look come Spring, beyond knowing I'll probably have to re-mulch. I do plan on trying my damndest to keep the outside plants thriving as well. But I'm really more focused on indoor plants.

I had a fun tree-like plant with a braided trunk and leaves that look like marijuana. ("Marijuana is bad, m'kay?") I loved it and it was super cute.


But it died.

I also still have a fun little Elephant Palm Tree.

But it's looking a little worse for wear.
It had mites! I sprayed it down with soapy water and I think it's slowly coming back to life... Slowly. Maybe. 

My mom gave me this cute little rubber plant. It lived outside all summer long and into the fall. Then there was a freak snow in October and it died too.
I brought it inside hoping it would be okay, but alas... 
I have managed to keep this ugly cactus alive. I water it once a week, just a little, and ignore it the rest of the time. Too bad it's not very pleasing to the eye...


So here's my first attempt in the new year at keeping a non-cactus alive. He lives on top of my bookcase in the office/craft room, where he will hopefully get the "medium light" the tag says is required. I bought him on Friday, January 7th, we'll check in on him in February...

I also planted some clearance Paperwhites in the Beast's Feast Bowl my mom got me for Christmas. And I just realized these shots are all fuzzy. Hopefully she'll get me the tripod I requested for my birthday!


We shall see if I can keep our new friends alive. Stay tuned...

9 comments:

Kristina P. said...

We have something in common!

I have one plant, it's an ivy, that has been alive for 5 years. All other plants have died. Including bamboo. Who kills bamboo?

Ashly@Moon Walk said...

Oh no! I used to be just like you. Everything in my house died. Now, I don't know how but I have been keeping a Bamboo alive for months now...woohoo!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

My paperwhite grew SO fast! I love it.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I'm sure your bulbs will grow well. My paperwhites when CRAZY>

I'm not great with houseplants. Outdoor plants are just plain easier.

Ashly@Moon Walk said...

I gave you a little link love today on Moon Walk! Check it out!

www.ashlymoonwalk.blogspot.com

Happy Weekend!

Megan said...

I'm the same way! I was reading in a book the other day about healthier living and it says to use plants to clean the air and that basically to have a plant for every 100 square feet of house... which means I'd need a lot and I'd be afraid to kill that many! I do have one peace plant that has lived with us for almost 2 years, plus a couple small cacti. I'd love to have a better green thumb... my parents are great and my great grandmother could even grow a violet from the leaf of one of the other violets. Maybe some day we'll both be able to brag about our green thumbs! Good luck with your newbie!

Laura said...

omg i kill every plant that enters my apartment. i give up. i was at homesense the other day and saw some very real looking fake plants and honestly considered purchasing them but i cant bring myself to have fake plants in my place...so i guess i'll settle for the half dead ones currecntly rocking out on my window ledge and kitchen sink.

Laura said...

oh and Kristina, i have killed bamboo. twice. yes not once, but twice. seriously plant issues over here.

the cape on the corner said...

i can't believe they came and dug up the plants...that takes nerve. i have been successful with 3 out of 4 houseplants. i have a new one which i am assured takes low light, so i hope it stays alive.