Kristin and I had a chance to talk a beautiful walk through the Arboretum in Chaska. It was almost pure heaven for me.
Dalias, daisies, lilies, and snap dragons.
Hues of yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and every color in between. Did you know there were black eyed susan vines?! Such whimsy! There were many spots that reminded me of Psalm 23:
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside the still waters,
He restores my soul.
The garden themes were amazing and some were so calming, like the Japanese garden and the rose garden! These were two of the prettiest roses, Disneyland and Candy Cane Cocktail!
I did a thing. I bought seeds. The seeds whispered promises of Forget-Me-Nots and Daisies and Helichrysum. They breathed hopes of hues bringing joy to the yard.
I planted the seeds, and the started to grow (to my delight!). The seedlings were transplanted and continued to grow. Then one day…a tiny little purple bud. Oh the joy!
This may not seem like much to you, but I tend to kill even cacti…few plants have lasted more than 2 weeks with me. I always felt bad when I was given a plant as a gift!
So, I am happy to present to you: my first plant from seeds. The first to sprout and the first to bloom. One of my favorite flowers – the Forget-Me-Not!
My cousin’s grandma sent me the sweetest Christmas gift this year, which was something I wasn’t expecting! She gave me a Red Lion Amaryllis bulb kit to grow. In the past, I usually tend to kill any plant given to me so I apologized to the bulb as I planted it (upside down) and then waited to see what would happen. First thing to happen? I replanted it right side up and then it grew! The flowers were a lovely bright spot by the window on dreary winter days.
This is now the SECOND plant I’ve kept alive so I think the moral of this story could be…you CAN teach an old dog new tricks, haha! But really, I think my black thumb is turning into a green one and someday I will enjoy having a bigger garden than just 2 plants. 🙂
Are you a gardener? What advise would you give a someone starting out?