Saturday, April 20, 2013

Something to Learn

I love to plant flowers in the springtime.

 

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The problem is I don’t have a very green thumb and they eventually end up looking pretty pitiful.

 

For the last few years, I have opted out of buying many flowers and have just bought ferns.  Yes, I can keep a Boston fern alive with no problem.

 

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Well, this year I want something different than just ferns.

 

I want flowers!

 

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I want bright, cheerful colors!

 

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I want fragrance!

 

I want to be able to go outside and bring blooms in to decorate my table.

 

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Ferns don’t' do so well in a vase on a table, you know.

 

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So, I have planted flowers.

 

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I have them in pots of all shapes and sizes.

 

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I have them in the ground.

 

I have kept the little information sticks that come with them so I can be reminded how often to water them and how I should take care of them.

 

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I really really really want them to grow and be healthy.

 

I really want them to be beautiful and have a bounty of fragrant blooms.

 

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I want to have a green thumb.

 

My mom does. 

 

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She can grow anything and everything.  Her rose bushes and flowers are always so beautiful.

 

That trait skipped me, I think.

 

Or maybe not…

 

Maybe I just haven’t tried hard enough.

 

Maybe I gave up too soon.

 

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Maybe if I am a little more diligent in watering and feeding and pruning, then maybe just maybe…

 

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I’ll let you know what happens.

 

I'll let you know if my thumb color starts changing.

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25 comments:

Sheila said...

Hi Amy!
Everything looks so lovely...your yard looks amazing, I love all the trees. I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend!!

Smiles & Blessings,
Sheila

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I hope your flowers grow and bloom profusely, Amy. I do love my outdoor flowers but never had much luck with them until I was in my late 30's. Maybe your time has come! xo Diana

pballard said...

I cant grow flowers either. I just brought a pile of hen and chicks home from my parents property and will try them. Heading over for a day of going through their belongings and maybe a few more treasures. Have a great day!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

So far everything is looking great! I love your eclectic mix of pots ;-) I'm sure you will have beautiful blooms before too long!

Dixie said...

I am a fellow potted plant killer... I normally go for succulents... Easier than even ferns! This year I found a couple of beautiful vintage urns at the Curious Boys vintage junk boutique.. Which inspired me to plant pretty flowers... Petunias in particular. So far I've nearly killed them twice! The urns will make a great place to plant pretty succulents next year!

It's me said...

Your garden plants looking great Amy....enjoy the weekend.....love from me....xxx....Ria...

Holly said...

I can't keep anything alive either! I am glad to know I am not the only one. My dad can grow anything and he laughs at me if I even mention wanting flowers. Ha! Hope these turn out great for you! They sure are pretty.

Sweet Magnolias Farm said...

Oh My Amy ..your flowers are just lovely ! In fact your whole yard and garden is so inviting...

One of my favorite flowers to grow is Alyssum ..you can literally just spread some seed in the dirt and add water and the stuff grows fast and it's beautiful but the best thing is it's pretty like lace and the fragrance it gives off is that of honey .. so so lovely .. you can grow it in the ground or in pots it grows and tumbles over the sides which is just stunning ..anyhow easiest thing I have ever grown and for us on the west coast we get into the high teens in the winter and even though it dies back it comes right back every spring .. So it's hardy too .. you may want to add that to your pots with the multiple flowers the pop of white would be so pretty with those vibrant colors you have !

Have a lovely weekend ..Sara

melissa said...

Oh Amy, You can DO THIS!
I love all the little pots you have so carefully chosen for your flowers, they will bloom and they will do well. I did not know you are in a brick home...I LOVE brick homes!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Did you put rocks in the bottom of your pots? and use Miracle Grow every 3 weeks. If you don't drown them...which is easy to do! they should do fine!
I don't have much luck with the ferns!!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

what pretty pots you have planted. ANd with a little care they will give you a summer of blomming pleasure.

melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle said...

Good luck with your flowers! I am sticking to planted boxwoods! Life to the full! Melissa

White Lace and Promises said...

Love the planters:)

Blondie's Journal said...

Amy, you are off to a great start...just the love of flowers will inspire you. And you have the knowledge your mother can pass on...that's fantastic!

I learned to garden by studying book after book. Now we have the internet. Each plant is different as you will see by those sticks. Some want more or less water, sun and attention. Pay attention to their needs, they are living things and will flourish with a lot of love!

XO,
Jane

Becky C said...

Looks like you have been busy! The flowers look amazing! So colorful and green there! I hope your thumb turns green this year...and you have lots of blooms to bring inside and enjoy. I really love all of your creative planters.
I've been working in our garden also...hoping I can keep it all alive too :)
Can't wait until you are here!

FeenArt.de said...

Good morning, Amy!
It looks so beautiful! I am sure your flowers will grow up.
Have a wonderful sunday!
Claudia

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I could have written this post Amy, it's so true of me too, I can only grow ferns too. You have given me hope to try again though so I'll let you know if my thumb changes too!
Have a wonderful day and thanks for following:)

Patty Sumner said...

I know your flowers will do great. You will enjoy all the blooms and butterflies! Love all your assorted planters. I love to plant in unusual things. I have such a hard time staying in and remodeling... I want to dig and plant too. Enjoy Amy! Blessings to you too!

born ambitious. born imaginative. said...

I love your choice of planters! So inviting!

Debbie said...

We are such kindred souls!!! I have been doing the green plant/fern thing here. I discovered asparagus ferns and can't kill them... easily.

I headed out to get some flowers just this weekend to do the same thing.

I couldn't decide what to buy (surprise surprise) so I'm heading back out today with a list of suggestions from my mom.

I love what you have done, and I am now very much inspired!

Debbie said...

We are such kindred souls!!! I have been doing the green plant/fern thing here. I discovered asparagus ferns and can't kill them... easily.

I headed out to get some flowers just this weekend to do the same thing.

I couldn't decide what to buy (surprise surprise) so I'm heading back out today with a list of suggestions from my mom.

I love what you have done, and I am now very much inspired!

lynn said...

you are off to a great start with the great planters, amy!

Pat Cantwell said...

Amy,
Other than my Herbs, I found many years ago...it's easier to leave the flowers to Farmer Boy, "Mr. Ed"!!!
Good luck with your plantings, this year, dear friend!!!
I'll be watching for your progress!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Christine Vandormolen said...

Hi Amy, I love your flowers but most of all the unique containers they are in. I pinned some of your ideas. I love old rusty things and in fact just posted about how I like to use old buckets around my house and garden. Here is the link if you want to snoop:

http://littlebrags.blogspot.com/2013/04/guest-bedroom-and-rusty-buckets.html

elizabeth said...

I love that EZ toter filled with flowers!