Green Thumb

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I do not have a green thumb.

I used to. Many years ago.

At one time we had over 100 plants in our house. That sounds like a lot. It IS a lot. But at least half of those were seedlings and cuttings that I was nurturing. I was very much interested in grafting plants and starting plants from cuttings.  Our children were young, I was home a lot, and it was a fun thing to do.

Our daughter, Jennifer, was very helpful; and she liked sweeping up the leaves that had fallen on the floor.


Fast forward.. a lot of years.

Things changed.  I became busier, I had less time to spend on my plants, so I eventually only had 3-4 live plants in the house.

But then something ELSE happened. I lost my Green Thumb.  My plants kept dying, no matter what I did.  I switched to silk flowers for a while, then I started purchasing flowers and putting them in a vase. I’ve been happily doing that for a while.

But yesterday I saw quite a few pretty new purple flowers in our yard. This is new for me. Where we lived before moving here in 2014, we did not have the type of flowers in our yard that you could pick for a vase. I was excited to pick just one flower and bring it in.  I very carefully placed it in water, in a vase, right by my kitchen sink where I could see it very easily.

One hour later… ONE HOUR…. I walked into the kitchen and saw this……….

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I just stood there and said, “Seriously?”… to no one but myself.  But now I say it to you. Seriously? I can’t keep a live flower in a vase for an hour?

I guess I’ll just have to enjoy the flowers when  I’m outside.

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Wishing YOU great gardening success!


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Comments (5)

  1. Karen, you just won my heart! At one time I was able to somewhat grow a few plants. Then I moved and the prayer plant I had nutured from a little tiny pot to become a beautiful full plant suddenly died on me. Then I moved again and in this home I am totally unable to grow plants of any kind! I, too, resorted to artificial plants but have since cleared out the majority of them, leaving 3 that sit on top of the tall cabinet on each side of tv cabinet. Would you believe I now work in the garden department of Wal-Mart! I am sooooo tempted, LOL
    So, dear lady, you are not alone in this demise of our green thumbs!
    Hugs, Vicki

    April 2, 2016 at 10:14 am
  2. Su Hall

    Poppies are very delicate flowers. That’s all. LOL I can relate, though. I did the same thing, wishing to learn propagating. I have books and I made copious notes! I would snip little sprigs off plants everywhere I went and try my ‘thumb’ at them. A sweet potato in a jelly jar, nested in a macrame hanger, graced the sliding glass door window on the side we didn’t use. It was fun. It still is, but, well, like you say, things change.
    To be totally honest, they did their best when I left them alone! LOL Que sera sera!


    April 2, 2016 at 12:45 pm
  3. It’s not you Karen, it’s the flower in this case. As Su said, poppies are very delicate, but if you want to give this a second try, I did find some instructions on the web which I will paste below. Please let us know if this works for you and … good luck.


    “To enjoy poppies as cut flowers, snip the stems just when the buds are about to burst open. For longer vase life, seal the stems by burning the cut stem ends with a lighter before immersing them in water.”

    April 2, 2016 at 1:35 pm
  4. […] used to have an exorbitant amount of real plants in my house.  (Green Thumb). I transitioned from real to “silk” when they became popular, and was happy with that […]

    July 25, 2017 at 9:56 am
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