Operation Green Thumb.

on June 22, 2009 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 8 comments by

img_0309First, because I know you’ve been uber-concerned all weekend, I ended up taking Oreo cupcakes to the party. MUCH easier and MUCH tastier. Some of the recipes in the comments look delicious, so I will be trying them. And don’t you worry, I’m trying those homemade Oreos again. Annie ain’t no quitta. I will make these again and they will be good, darn it. You’ll see.

On to more successful ventures.

I’ve had these two handing pots outside my house since we moved in February. Obviously, that was not the right time to repot them. And, I’m not sure we’ve ever discussed this, but I am NOT GOOD WITH PLANTS.

At all.

I kill them. Easily. And on accident. Every time.

So I’ve been hesitant. But my friend Annie [from here on out refered to as “other Annie” for your sake] has quite the green thumb and I decided that not only did I want to repot these hanging baskets, I wanted to learn about the process.

So I took my sad hanging plants to other Annie’s house…..


And we went to Home Depot to buy these…..


Then we went back to other Annie’s house to do this….


And after much blood sweat and tears, we had removed all the old yuck and replaced it with beautiful new flowers and viney-thingies and fern kinda lookin’ guys and some tall ones in the back. [My plant vocab is very refined.]


Then other Annie sent me packing with the plants, a bucket, and some fertilizer. Now the pressure is on to keep them hydrated, fed, and alive.


Why does Nanny McAnnie have far more success in these three ventures than Farmer McAnnie? I always keep the kids hydrated, fed, and alive. Plants, on the other hand, not so much.

But we’re on day 5 and all but one little section of the one hanging plant seems to be doing great. Of course, I’ve been late everywhere because I always forget to add in an extra 10 minutes to water. I also woke up this morning and thought, “Oh man I gotta go water those plants. It’s sunny today.” And that may be a little TOO cognizant of said plants’ needs.

Or maybe Farmer McAnnie is actually going to pull it off this time.

I can’t wait to see the hanging plants in six more weeks- when the dirt has settled and the roots have grown deep into their new home, when the flowers are just comfortable enough in their environment to bloom something miraculous for me to see.

Six weeks should be about enough time. Right around August 1. Right around my one year anniversary in Nashville.

Hmmm. That will be quite a process.

This has been quite a process.

See you tomorrow…..



  1. posted on Jun 22, 2009 at 5:05 PM  |  reply

    I can’t wait to see how well they survive 🙂

    I have no green thumb either! I have the ability to kill ivy. The kind that you grow indoors, that you put into water. It’s that easy – you stick it in water, not even dirt. And I kill that!

    So I’m definitely rooting for your vegetation 🙂

  2. Face
    posted on Jun 22, 2009 at 6:10 PM  |  reply

    Kids are easier than plants– they have mouths and can TELL you when they’re thirsty. Good luck.

    And good for you for using fertilizer. I’d be black-balled from our neighborhood if anyone even SUSPECTED I was associating with MiracleGro. Keep us updated!

  3. Jenn
    posted on Jun 22, 2009 at 7:01 PM  |  reply

    I could not be more proud…make sure you are watering early in the A.M. before it gets too hot…and be weary of watering at night…it attracts bugs/disease.

  4. posted on Jun 23, 2009 at 10:44 AM  |  reply

    LOL! I thought the fertilizer box said “Viagra” at first. I guess even foliage needs help at times.

  5. posted on Jun 23, 2009 at 11:25 AM  |  reply

    I love having flowers and plants around and usually I completely neglect them and then they die. This year our plants are doing really well! They have flowers, they’re growing…they’re green. It’s all good. Good luck with yours. 🙂

  6. posted on Jun 23, 2009 at 2:47 PM  |  reply

    I love plants… I bought a slew of indoor plants when we packed our lives into a tiny little seminary apartment in Boston three years ago. Those plants have seen us through some long cold winters… Hope your hanging plants spring to new life soon!

  7. Amy
    posted on Jun 23, 2009 at 5:21 PM  |  reply

    I completely understand your issues with plants. I almost always kill plants too. I’m trying again though and have even potted some herbs. Good luck with yours!

  8. Sara
    posted on Jun 23, 2009 at 9:13 PM  |  reply

    Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say
    that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case
    I’ll be subscribing to your blog and I hope you write again soon!

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