Garden envy


What I Wore to Work Today: May 21, 2015

Blouse: Target
Pants: Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

The bulbs are alive and growing! Still no sign of flowers, though, just leaves. Also, the marigolds in the pots on the other side of me definitely don’t make it, in this picture you can already see they’re on the way out. My balcony only gets about an hour of direct sunlight in the morning, which has made it harder to grow all those flowers that I imprinted on from my childhood gardens: marigolds, zinnias, and cosmos. Every summer I planted seeds in our Colorado garden and they turned into flowers. (Or they did it one summer and my brain overwrote the memories so I remember it as every time.)

The summer before 5th grade we moved to Minnesota and my mom created a smaller garden, mostly vegetables. (Over the years her gardening changed to flowers and decoratives with lots of perennials.) I planted lettuce seeds every year and I loved the tomato plants my mother planted. Every spring it looked like way too much space between the tomato sproutlings and pumpkin seeds and every August the garden was one giant jungle of intertwined plants and vines.

Sometimes I wonder how long I’ll live in this desert on the surface of the sun. I follow a couple gardens online, primarily this one in Vermont and this massive one in Indiana, and I think about what it would be like if I had a garden, from a single bed to a 30’x30′ backyard. Realistically, would I have the motivation to put in the necessary work and hours every single week? How much time is it, really? What would I grow?

One of these days I’ll take pictures of my balcony and plants. Basil is the only edible I’ve been able to grow so far, the tomatoes and lettuce and other herbs don’t make it. Most of the flowers die too, except for one hardy impatiens that survived last summer and has been blooming continually ever since. The spider plants are thriving. A bougainvillea has come back from the dead multiple times, saved only by my laziness. “Shoot, it’s dead. I’ll take it out to the dumpster another time. [four days later] Huh look at that, little leaf buds, I’ll be damned.”

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June 8, 2015. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, Video, What I Wore to Work Today.

One Comment

  1. llamas55 replied:

    I love hearing about the former gardens. That’s right, one year you each had a row below the house near the large patch of poppies. I think, being a newish garden (but where neighbors said the former owner had imported 4 huge loads of top soil but then let the plot go) keeping on top of the work and watering and weeds we only tried the one year. Your sunlight sounds challenging. Do hostas work in AZ? and I suppose succulents and cacti need more sun? We’ll see if your bulbs, which are looking like paper white narcissus, will bloom without being chilled- they might, they are sturdy things (and to my nose stinky, and your nose is even more sensitive, so you can see what you think). I’m glad you’re experimenting with plants.

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