Green Thumb

I do like a garden, flowers and plants. The whole idea to make things grow is so interesting to me. Was never like this, in my younger years I had very little time for a gardens or plants. I liked them, but was unable to keep them alive. I had a garden, but required help to keep it going and still, it never was something to brag about.

That all changed a few years back. As usual, I was buying plants, watching them wither and die. Happily I replaced them and all seemed well. Then I started buying orchids and receiving them as presents. These amazing plants are exotic, beautiful and difficult to keep. Replacing these was not as easy and it felt such a waste to throw them out when they lost their blooms. There had to be a way……and I found it!!!

Asking around to people I knew kept orchids, going online to find different tricks to keep them and have them bloom again, I did research. Indeed, it was the only way because improvising wasn’t doing it. After some months of trial and error, my plants started to bloom again. It was such a great feeling. Who would have known, I have a free thumb after all.

Lately, I have expanded my interest in plants. I am trying to keep alive a beautiful lavender bush and a small succulent garden. Believe it or not, these are trickier to care for than orchids. For now, it is a hit and miss endeavor. Will see how it goes!!!

In the meantime, I am thoroughly enjoying myself. This is more fun than I thought.

Orchids

cropped-IMG_1692.jpgIMG_3358If you know me well, you know I don’t have a green thumb. When I had a beautiful garden, I had a lot of help and I contributed to the local economy!!! When I moved to Miami, we settled into an apartment, so no garden. I do, however, love plants….go figure. I used to buy them, tend them for a while and when they could not be helped…out they went. Worked very well through the years. Still, it seemed such a waste.IMG_5086

23_23When a dear friend, Guido, gave me an orchid for Mother’s Day in 2003, (there it is on that day!!!) all that changed. He passed away a few months later, 12 years ago today. I didn’t want to lose the plant. So, my quest for trying to keep it alive led me to buy more plants, trying to get them to bloom several times a year, finding the best place to help them thrive.  I Googled how to care for them, I asked questions where I bought them, bought fertilizers and blooming-food. I still have that first one (there you have it on the right!!!) and it blooms twice a year. In other words, I became a bit obsessed……and I love it!!!IMG_4712

My efforts have paid off; haven’t bought a plant in ages. Right now, I have 10 in bloom and others that are almost ready. Still working on variety, trying to get colors and shapes that catch my eye, but not overdoing it. After all, I am just a beginner at this; but my daughter calls me the Orchid Guru!!!IMG_1773IMG_0501

I just went on holiday for Easter Week. Left them all inside just in case there was too much sun or heat or wind. Came back and they are fine, some went back outside to get the morning sun. Those in bloom are all over the apartment. It feels great to know I can do this. Simple pleasures, simple joys……part of life. The difference is that I now sit back and realize they were here all along. Wonderful!!!

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This has just been a short post, just to show off my beautiful flowers.

They are something that gives me such pleasure. Life is good, my orchids tell me so.

Don’t you agree?

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