Friday, March 26, 2010

My Thumb Is...Brown?

Confession: I am not very good at getting plants to grow. This may be primarily due to the fact that I forget to water things. I also come from a long line (ok, maybe not a long line, just my immediate family) of failed gardeners.

Growing up we would all be gung-ho about starting a garden as a family ("It will be a great homeschool project!" my mom would say...she said that about a lot of things, haha), and let me tell you, we'd go all out. We aimed high.

But something always thwarted the end result. Bad soil, hungry animals, pesky pests. We got a few cucumbers and maybe some squash for our efforts.

And therein lies my trepidation when it comes to all things seed and soil.

BUT, I braved failure last week and potted some flowers.

Don't make fun. No, I did not start with seeds, and yes, they are in pots, not the ground.

It's a start. My goal is to remember to water them. And they are in pots so I can take them with us when we move.

I really love flowers. They are so cheerful and they make spring feel official. They are a finer thing. So is braving failure (however small).

I took another risk this week, and gave my first haircut. My subject is very forgiving.

And kissy.

In other news, it's date night tonight (hurrah!).

Also, I have been thinking about how we can give more on our tight budget. More on this in the future...

It's beautiful here! My husband is off work, so we're scheming about how to best use/enjoy the day. :)

By the way, I should give my parents some credit. They are currently starting their first square foot garden, and I think this one will be a winner!

Love, Alicia

This post is linked to Finer Things Friday and Company Girl Coffee.



  1. You're little guy is too cute. I cut my husband's hair, and I have no doubt he is far less squirmy, but not as forgiving. :)

  2. Gardening and cutting hair are two (of so, so many)"home management" things I haven't mastered. Good for you for trying both. I'm too much of a chicken. :) Lucky for me, my sister went to cosmetology school, and my husband's family is starting to grow stuff. :)

  3. Good luck with your flowers! Have a great weekend!

  4. Don't feel bad about the brown thumb. My husband tells me I have the "black thumb of death." I am a person who had succeeded in killing an air fern somehow...

    Good job on the haircut. He's probably more forgiving than my Hubbs. I sneezed once while doing his hair. He wasn't too happy with the near scalping.

    Have fun with date night!

  5. What a sweet baby. Good luck with the gardening. Have a Blessed weekend,

  6. I do not have a green thumb at all, but my dad comes over and plants a few things, my older daughter reminds me to water them...or actually she likes to water them, so I let her. Maybe she will be the gardener of the family. We did produce 300 tomatoes last summer. =) Flowers, I haven't done so well with. I'll have to try one of these days. I think I overwater?? I just have no idea what I'm doing with that.

    Your first haircut looks pretty good. I did my daughter's bangs when she was little before consulting the online sources, and it was a bit off, but still cute. Then I googled and it was much better after that. But then I got lazy and just let it grow out. =p I guess you can't do that with the little boy....or you could but he might not be so forgiving when he grows up. hehe

    Enjoy your date night.

  7. Your flowers are so pretty! I have a black thumb, too. Through and through. I have a hard time keeping succulents alive, let alone 'real' plants! One good thing about flowers in pots is that you can move them around and 'redecorate' :)

  8. Hey thank you for stopping by for 'company girl coffee' today. My Lizzie is 9.5 months old, going on 9 years.

    Great job on the flowers! That's probably the best I can hope to do for a while, though I come from a line of excellent gardeners.

    Enjoy your date night! :)

  9. Hey - you're still gardening even if you didn't start from seeds, and even if you use pots! There's a whole thing with 'container gardening' and you can grow almost anything in a container!

    That said, I'm not that great a gardener either ... having kids playing outside helps me remember to water plants outside. And I always choose 'hardy' plants ;)

    Enjoy your plants - and aim for watering them at least once a week. Set a date (like every Friday) and work towards that!

    Have a great weekend ...

  10. Remembering to water (and avoiding over-watering) is my biggest challenge when it comes to gardening of any kind. I'm hoping to manage not to kill all my plants this year!

  11. Ok, so I don't know anything about overwatering...
    How much is too much??
    My goal has been to water on every day except when it rains...

  12. You sound like me! My grandparents and my mom are super gardeners...but I just didn't get the gene, and yes, it is often due to lack of water. I SAY I am going to plant a veggie garden this year, we'll see!

    Hope you had fun on date night. My hubby and I are having one tonight with our 7 year old daughter. The boys are staying home and we are going to the ballet!

  13. I have a brown thumb mostly. I wait until my plants start drooping and then water them. Poor things.

    I looked through several posts and enjoyed all your varied activities. Will come back to read some more!

    Have a great weekend.

  14. If I blogged this could be my post. Made me laugh just because it hits so close to home for me. I have visions of lovely things blooming and growing all around my yard...but actually getting out in the yard to plant and then water is kind of important huh?
    I love you pot of flowers! I hope they bloom for all throughout the summer!

  15. W. is so BIG!!! And his haircut is precious. Naomi hasn't had her first cut yet; Emily has claimed the honors whenever she needs one though. :) But anyway, I can't believe how huge he is!!


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