Friday, June 1, 2007

Warts and All

I think it is important, as a gardener, to share the failures/life-lessons-through-mistakes aspect of growing and nurturing green things.

Look-y at what I did to some of the most beautiful succulents I have ever seen. They were pale greens and pale greenish-blues. They brought me so much joy, I tell you.

When they died, they did it up in a right-dramatic fashion. Originally set on my office desk, I had to turn the container around the other way - so I wouldn't have to look at them all day. As you can see, I am in a state of denial and unable to throw them into the compost pile.

I figured the jade plant would keep going, since it is almost un-killable (insert guffaw *here*). It has started to drop leaves. Harrumph. I suck.

Note to self: Succulents need a TON of light and very little water. They basically thrive on benign neglect. Stop hovering, flitting and clucking around them. They'll still love you back, just let them free to be the succulents that they are . . .

Tomorrow I will know better. At least, a smidgen better.


Lonnie said...

Yeah, don't feel bad... I've got the same problem. I kill succulents mainly because I keep thinking I need to "do something" for them, when really I should be neglecting them like a good succulent parent.

I increasingly think there is a plant-type for every person, and it is more about "finding your plants" than making something work that doesn't. I've a rule that if I kill something three times, I'm simply not allowed to have more (unless I can prove that I'm doing something dramatically different than before). Maybe there's a larger lesson in there too about life and relationships, but that's too much thought for me on a monday morning... ;)

Tracey said...

Heh-heh, Lonnie. I should leave them be and abandon the idea of having them at work . . . but I am so drawn to the little suckers!