by jess lewis

i’ve been staring at the computer screen so much lately. a lot of editing to be done on a very slow, very finicky computer. that spinning rainbow of doom constantly taunting me. to take a break from going cross-eyed (and the persistent temptation to toss the computer out the door) i bought some new plants and spent a couple of days outside playing in the dirt. it was just what i needed to help me refocus and re-energize. right now i am loving all of  these colors and the variety of greens are making me very happy. the trick will now be to keep them happy and thriving.  i don’t exactly have a green thumb, but i like to pretend that i do.

how about you? green thumb or no? if you have any gardening tips or secrets you’d like to share, i would love to hear them!




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  1. Mountain Mama #
    August 8, 2012

    Beautiful! I love the antler fern. Is that right, antler fern? I used to be a good gardener but lost the touch once I moved from the world of horticulture into the soul sucking world of organic bread. I was given a 34 year old jade plant once and managed to keep it alive for 2 years. It had a trunk thicker than my wrist and it was gorgeous. Then I started work as a greenhouse grower and was appalled when one day they instructed me to destroy hundreds of tea roses. I stupidly took some home and arranged them around the jade plant and within 6 months it was covered in mealy bugs and dead. So, if you need advice on how to slowly torture and ultimately kill plants, I’m your gal!

    • August 10, 2012

      staghorn fern. isn’t it beautiful. i’m terrified i’m going to kill it. i dream of owning a plant for 30 years. my gramma has one she’s had forever and when it’s ready she’s going to root a clipping for me. i might need to ask for a back up!

  2. August 8, 2012

    Gah! So much plant porn! I had a really scary 2 year period where I was garden centre obsessed. You may have just rekindled it.

    • August 10, 2012

      i get this way every so often. i played with the idea of going into horticulture for a while, but i really like the planning and designing part the best. i think that’s why i lose the mojo. i tend to neglect the plants after a while. plus, we have to buy our dirt here. our yard is basically red clay. i keep debating getting a tiller to make my life easier.

  3. Becky #
    August 8, 2012

    My mom keeps trying to give me plants and I always have to remind her that I’m barely keeping 2 kids alive. The list of plants I’ve neglected to their demise is long this summer. There’s always next year.

    • August 10, 2012

      i love when i can find a plant that doesn’t mind being ignored. like pothos. super easy. and our tomatoes this year? our best season yet and all i did was ignore them. go figure!

  4. August 9, 2012

    These are some Beautiful shots! Love ’em!

  5. August 9, 2012

    Definitely no green thumb, but I love taking photos of flowers planted by others! Great shots!

    • August 10, 2012

      thanks! i’m still working on the green thumb part myself.

  6. August 10, 2012

    Funny how you can got so obsessed with getting the great shot someplace complicated that you overlook simple nearby beauty. Lovely. Ken

    • August 10, 2012

      thank you, ken! there is definitely something to be said for every day beauty.

  7. Laura Yurs #
    August 10, 2012

    oh you make me want to go running to the local garden center!! all this glorious green!! eep!!!

  8. August 10, 2012

    it’s been so dry here our yard has been mostly brown (and crunchy). i had to spruce things up a bit! i won’t water the yard but i can handle a few potted plants.

  9. August 16, 2012

    The only advice I’m able to give when it comes to plants, is usually: Keep them alive if you expect them to grow.

    Potted plants are fairly easy to maintain, at times. There should be some type of instructions on the potted plants that will help when it comes to the soil type that they grow best in. If not, you’re able to do a search for each type of plant that you have. Some plants need very little sun and what would seem over-watering, while others need extra sun and very little water. Nutrients and the like is also a good idea when it comes to older plants, but be sure not to overdo it; too much of a good thing can be bad.

    • August 23, 2012

      ha! i love your advice. in the beginning i’m more concerned with the keeping them alive part.
      as of right now most are thriving though a couple of the outdoor plants got fried in a couple of days of extreme heat. i had to move the staghorn fern to a shadier spot, but it’s (thankfully) doing well!

      thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment!

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