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I am a 40 something, married, mother of two boys who loves gardening, life, and living in Oklahoma. I write two different blogs, one on ministry work and life Redemption's Heart and one on gardening in Oklahoma Busted Stick Gardens Thank you for visiting my page.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Do I dare Try Again?

Okay, I'll admit it. I have a black thumb. Seriously. I must.

When the ice storm of 2007 killed all but one of my trees, I didn't panic. I viewed it as a chance to learn how to landscape and plant flowers. Glorious, beautiful, colorful, flowers.

So for two years, I've tilled, studied, and planted my heart out. And by the end of 2009 almost everything DIED. It wasn't a sudden death -- it was more like a slow painful death caused by unusual heat waves, and soil that is still either too sandy or too acidic or somewhere in between.

Being surrounded by such wonderful garden bloggers -- I didn't want to tell anyone. I just slowly faded away from places like Blogtanical and other wonderful pages because I didn't want to admit that my blog was quickly becoming a horticultural obituary.

I mean seriously who wants to see photos of whithered, dead, bushes and flowers?

I turned into a garden blog lurker. Reading your pages, and coveting your work. Wishing that somehow your smarts, your hard work, and maybe even your "green genes" would magically rub off on this transplant to Oklahoma. They didn't.

I was going to simply delete this blog and pretend my journey into the dirt never happened. And then, in the middle of my winter reverie, the catalogues started arriving. I threw them away at first, and they must have sent out the alert, because they multiplied in number. My mailbox is full of those sweet tempations. Promising me roses, and daisies, and flowering bushes, veggies and fruit. Baskets overflowing with forgetmenots and whimsical art and "easy to make" stepping stones.

And I caved.

So, as the weather warms up in Tulsa, and I venture out to the graveyard as I now call it to see what glimmers of hope are there -- I'll once again blog about my journey. I'm sure I'll have the occasional obituary here and there -- but all in all let's face it -- If nothing else, I make the rest of you guys... look really really good.


Hocking Hills Gardener said...

You go or is it grow girl! ;-) We have all had our dead flowers and somehow we just keep on trying again. A hopeful lot aren't we or just bull headed. LOL! I think mine is the latter.
Have a wonderful weekend and welcome back.

Red Bridges Home said...

Thanks! -- I've been looking through my pics, and while my plants were alive, they DID look pretty. As the weather warms up, I can look for signs of hope -- who knows maybe some of the things I think I killed might come back. I'm hoping so.

Connie said...

You have a good sense of humor...I like that. Gardening is a learning process. Don't give up...your successes will soon outnumber your losses and you will be hooked for life. :-)

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