2015 gardening report card

Marian ParsonsDecorating, gardening, My House

This was the first year I gave gardening a good effort.  I started strong and I stuck with it.  And I learned a lot along the way about what worked, what didn’t and what I could do better next season.



First off, I’ve learned to move plants around to find the light they like best.  This plant was looking sad in the kitchen…


…so I moved it to the living room where the light is brighter throughout the day.  Here’s how it looked when I first moved it…


…and now…



Yeah, I’m patting myself on the back for that one.

Momma’s taking good care of you, isn’t she, sweet little plant?  

I planted a small baby tears plant in the living room in May…


…and here is how it’s grown…


And this plant is loving life.  Here’s how he looked in may…


…and now…


I don’t have all success stories to share, which I’m learning is just a part of caring for living things.  These lemon cyprus plants for example…


Here’s how they looked after a few weeks and I couldn’t nurse them back.


I’ve had to chuck a few other plants that didn’t make it, also.  I used to think that meant I had a black thumb, but I’m learning that I either had the plant in the wrong environment or wasn’t caring for it properly.

My ficus tree has been doing very well…


…until last week when he decided to have his own personal fall.


He looks like a bit like he’s auditioning for the next Charlie Brown Christmas Special.

I was getting ready to pitch him, just to put us both out of our misery, but I noticed some sprouts, so I’m going to give him a bit more time.


I did lose one of my beautiful myrtle topiaries…


…but I moved the other one outside and managed to save it.  For now.


One of the best things I’ve taken away from this learning process, is to not give up on plants too easily.  I used to throw anything away that looked remotely droopy, dried out, yellowed or stressed.  I really didn’t want to watch it turn black and crispy.  Now, I try moving it, cutting it back, repotting it, watering more, watering less, fertilizing it and see if I find something that works.

I cut back this guy last week and it’s bursting with little buds.


I was also ready to pitch this mum, because all of the blooms dried up and turned brown, but I cut it back and now it’s leafing out again…


…and it’ll be blooming again soon.


I also learned that quality soil makes a huge difference.  My basil and parsley this year were practically bushes, they grew so huge.  They’ve always been puny, but I planted them in a rich organic soil and they really thrived.  I can’t wait to get a good raised-bed kitchen garden going next year.


In the next week or two, I’m going to clean up the deck, roll up the rug and put away the pillows for the winter.

Don’t worry, deck.  I have plans for you this spring…


2015 gardening report card

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