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One summer, my great uncle and I got into gardening.
Ok well, it was more me and he just listened to me rant on about it.
We visited every Lowe’s, Home Depot, plant nursery and any store basically within an hour of us that was selling plants.
He bought each of us a rose bush.
I bought each of us a tropical plant of some sort.
As if I know the name, I just thought it was pretty.
The rose bushes lived.
The tropical plants died.
As did anything else I purchased.
I read his mother’s book on gardening that was thicker than the Bible.
I’m not kidding. I still have it.
I attempted to propogate hydrangeas.
I divided irises.
I ordered a ridiculous amount of flower seeds from a specialty seed company and planted every last one of them.
Much to my dismay, not a darn thing lived except for a few irises.
It was apparent that summer that me and flowers didn’t get along too well.
When I realized Grunt Labor was such a fantastic gardener, I jumped for joy and didn’t worry with anything flower related again.
Things have changed though.
I have now achieved green thumb status, y’all.
And I didn’t have to lie, cheat or steal to get it.
Ok, I did cheat a little…
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The last time I wrote about gardening or flowers in general, I was apparently misleading.
You see the post was titled how to get a yard full of hydrangeas, but all I did to get a yard full of beautiful hydrangeas was have a husband who heard me say I’d never leave if I had them.
So I see where you may have been a bit miffed with me.
But it was a good story, no?
This time though, I promise, I actually have real tips and tricks for you on how to get those glorious container gardens that we all lust after at the plant nurseries.
I may be giving myself too much credit.
My head may be getting a bit too big.
I’m giving succulents a try again.
With the success (meaning I’ve had it for more than a month and haven’t killed it yet) of the fiddle leaf fig and the banana tree, I’m thinking, hoping, praying that I can keep these succulents alive.
In the past year, I’ve successfully killed two succulents.
Yes, I’m well aware I’m the only person on the planet who can’t keep them alive.
I decided that maybe if I gave this new succulent a cozy, happy, pretty home it would want to live longer, so I made it a succulent book planter.
What better place for a succulent to live than in between the pages of a book?
Heck, what better place for anyone to live than in between the pages of a book?
I was hoping all my fun planters would be ready for some beauty shots by now, but they are not except for this one. And its my favorite anyway. Its an old metal teapot planter. The best thing about it? I scoured it up from my Pap’s old toolshed. He used to keep random nuts,…