Ok…I will admit, I am a plant killer. However, I had a great experience keeping my poinsettia alive this past Christmas. In the past, I have been unable to keep plants alive while in my care. The sad part is that I grew up spending many days with my grandparents who were skilled gardeners. Some where along the way I decided I would just give up and never touch a plant again. Once I moved into my dream home, 3 years ago, I had a change of heart once I saw my beautiful Kramer’s Supreme Camellia that was planted by the previous owner. (shown below)
Slowly, I gained an interest in gardening and I’ve been reading many gardening books and articles, to help me in my efforts. Here are a few of my favorite gardening books so far:
Beginner’s Illustrated Guide to Gardening: Techniques to Help Get You Started by Katie Elzer-Peters
The Unexpected Houseplant: 220 extraordinary choices for every room in your home. By Tovah Martin
I also read a lot of articles on the HGTV Garden website. This site has a lot of helpful instructions and tips.
My husband bought me 2 beautiful poinsettia on Black Friday and I was able to keep them alive through Christmas. I was planning to keep them and try to regrow them for next season but they had an unfortunate meeting with a rambunctious nephew during the holiday gatherings. 😦
I am thinking and researching several plants. I plan to have 2 new house babies soon. Here are my potential plants:
1. Star Jasmine ( or any variety of Jasmine, such as Arabian Jasmine): I simply love the smell of Jasmine and I would love to have this plant in my home or outside (seeing that it is a vine plant) for the smell and beauty. In my research I have discovered that it can be a little difficult to find and grow but there are great tips on how to grow the J. polyanthum variety on a host of websites. If you have any tips, please share.
2. Jade: This plant is easy to care for and will add beautiful greenery to my home.
3. White Peace Lily: This plant is very pretty, helps fight indoor pollution, and is easy to grow. I really would love to have several indoor pollution fighting plants but I find this one the most beautiful of my limited knowledge. A plant from this variety will help in my efforts to become healthier by making healthy choices.
I guess some people will find gardening or owning plants to be an “old lady” hobby but I think it add beauty to the home. I’m going to give this my best shot, green thumb or not! Look for future posting as I venture into the world of gardening.