Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My Black Thumb: Will I Strike Again?


Every spring it's the same story -- I buy seeds and soil, I plant seeds in soil, I water, I water . . . I kill.  It's very seldom that any plants survive more than a few months under my care.

But this time around I'm determined!  I thoroughly read the information on all the seeds I purchased to make sure their suitable for our location and arrangements.  Then I meticulously followed the planting directions.  I now of twelve pots of newly planted flowers, wildflowers, and blueberry bushes, not to mention the oregano and rosemary plants that have resisted my murderous ways.

Now to wait!  Hopefully they are all hardy growers.  In the meantime, I have this new art project to keep my busy (as well as a few others!):

Work in progress

It will be exciting to see what becomes of both the seeds and this sketch. Creating is awesome, but I become impatient to see the end results, forgetting that the growth process is where the true riches lie.

What are you creating?  What are you waiting on?  How do you practice patience?


  1. Ah, Don Quixote tilts at another windmill. May you best the giant this year, Beth. ;)

    I've found my plant does best when I keep it under fluorescent light (at the office), water it once a week, fertilize it once a year, and otherwise ignore it. Of course, I'm also growing a plant that actually can thrive in such circumstances (pothos - the only plant I've not killed), so that helps.

    Most of my creating is happening only in my head at the moment. I have a number of things I need to get back to - stories, jewelry, an Etsy shop that won't set itself up, etc. - but I'm a bit lethargic lately. Maybe the upcoming Memorial Day weekend will help me re-energize and tackle some of these projects.

    Haven't heard anything new about the job you mentioned a while back. Has it started yet? How's it going?

  2. Is it already Memorial Day this weekend? And send the link for your Etsy shop once it's up!

    As for the job . . . I'll email ya. ;)

  3. Actually, Memorial Day is next weekend, but I'm really looking forward to the day off. ;)

    I will send you the link; just have to take the time to get the shop up and running. I keep talking about it, but not doing it. Typical. *shrug*

  4. The green eyes are a subliminal message that you know have a green thumb.

  5. Mmmm blueberries! When I plant every year I remind myself..there is always the farmer's market if my plantings fail. This year however, the pressure is ON. Nathan has rented several crazy machines to till me a garden, dig 6 foot holes for building my 8 foot deer fence, and has put several hours/days into the work on this squash plot. I better harvest SOMETHING. Thanks for sharing your creations Beth!

  6. Woohoo! Go go gadget deer fence!

  7. [...] flops, mowed the lawn for the first time this year, and potted a bunch of seeds and plants in an attempt to cultivate my green thumb.  I sat outside and read, enjoying the long-missed warmth of the sun so much that I didn’t [...]


"I am glad you are here with me."
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King