Mar 6, 2015

Meet Marquette: My Red Thumb

If we’re using the color wheel to find opposites, I have a red thumb. You know those house plants that you get because they are easy and no one kills them?

That once was a spider plant.

Not dead yet…maybe there’s hope?

Yeah…that’s pretty normal around here.

Somehow I’ve kept this one alive that my friend gave me last year around this time. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

Each year I try to plant flowers, and each year I am disappointed. Either the seeds don’t grow, the seedlings I plant die, or cows/squirrels/deer/rabbits come and eat them. Seriously. They ate the dwarf lime tree I bought for our anniversary one year. Thorns and all. Dang critters. They even sheared the tops off my iris just as they started to come up earlier.

This was a Christmas present from my brother-in-law. I’ve been waiting for plants to start coming up to get to put him out and today he found his new home! 

This year I figured it wouldn’t be the same without trying to plant some sort of flowers, but I was tired of spending money to feed the rabbits. So we’re trying some native poppy flowers instead! I have some in pots in the house and some in the front yard. We’ll see if I can keep either alive!

 This one reminds me of an oil painting!

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  1. Smaller Places

    March 7th, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    The poppy-snatching technique is brilliant. If wildflowers can't survive under your care, the gardening thing is hopeless!

  2. Marquette

    March 9th, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I thought it was brilliant…but someone told me it's illegal. I've been looking through various websites and some states it is and others it isn't. I haven't found out for NM yet.
    So far one indoor pot has wilted, but the other is still doing well. The outside flowers have wilted, but the leaves still look good. We'll see what happens!