Thursday, February 26, 2009

There are always houseplants


Perhaps it was gardener's intuition, but more likely dumb luck, that last night I picked up a few plants to perk up this pot. It had been in a sad state, with leggy, dried up tendrils of plants gone by.
I went to the store to buy more seed starting soil and came home with so much more, including the Dracaena and Cyclamen. It's a good thing, too, because I sure wasn't going to be enjoying any outside blooms this morning.

More snow covered Seattle. It crept in overnight, hiding anything new that had just been placed in the garden by an already over-eager gardener.
I realize others haven't seen or felt sun-drenched soil in months, Heather at Idaho Small Goat Farm, Jodi at bloomingwriter and Nickie at Girl Gone Gardening come to mind. But we in the Pacific Northwest had been lulled into a false sense of hope that spring REALLY was just around the corner. Everything was thawed out, the sun was starting to shine on consecutive days and soil temps were climbing into the 40s.

Oh sure, we'd been getting that always dependable rain for which the area is known. But there were sun breaks even then, and a gardener could sneak outside every so often and snap a few pictures of emerging bulbs and blooming shrubs. This ... this is torture. It's just not fair Mother Nature. It's time to play nice.


Now, about those houseplants. I usually don't get along with them. I always have some, but they're never thriving.
There's the lone orchid in the family. I've commented on other blogs about my love/fear of orchids. This one bloomed for a couple years until last winter. It has finally given up as well. And the Christmas Cactus we've had for years, but it only bloomed once ... when I brought it home. It was like the poor thing was giving it one last hurrah. But hey, it's not dead.
So, as much as I enjoy gardening, I just can't sustain good, healthy houseplants. I'm dependent on Mother Earth doing some of the work in caring for and nourishing all that I touch!

Oh hey, the day is not a total loss. Look what just showed up in the mail! I love this magazine and have a personal goal to someday get an article published in it. Dream, dream, dream ...

20 comments:

Karen said...

Your houseplants look great! I don't even have any at the moment, I take such bad care of them, plus I'm always worried my daughter will do something crazy like eat the dirt. Sigh. Can you believe the @#$)(& snow?! Guess that groundhog knew what he was talking about...

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I couldn't believe the snow either. Spring like weather a couple of days ago, wind and rain downpours yesterday and snow today. Very confusing to the plants. I already have a few that are on the verge of death, hope this doesn't push them over. At least the plants indoors are green and alive! I have some, but they get neglected.

Cathy said...

Well, at least we have something in
common even though I do have over
100 different species of Plants I do not own an Orchid...;)

inadvertent farmer said...

Hubby is in charge of all the grows indoors (exept my seedlings) and I'm in charge of everything once you leave the house. I for some reason kill all indoor plants...don't know what's up with that.

Do you start your peas indoors every year? That is one crop I have never considered starting in the house. I would love to hear more about it! Kim

mr_subjunctive said...

I won't throw a bunch of unwanted houseplant advice about you, but I offer my services if you want them.

Jean said...

Your right, it just doesn't seem fair to get snow after getting teased by the weather! It looks beautiful though. Saw in a previous posting how some Followers seem to have disappeared. I noticed the same thing and I'm thinking it may have something to do with the new look of that app that started today. So thanks for mentioning it and thanks for dropping by!

Pomona Belvedere said...

Well, I think you should be proud of that new containerfull - it's great to look at. It's nice to see that I'm not the only one who has trouble keeping houseplants alive. Currently I'm working on finding houseplants that won't freeze when I leave home, so I don't have to farm them out. So far the only one that's worked out well is ivy.

DirtDigger (Tessa) said...

Well, everyone got snow! Dang it! I love the snow- it's the constant overcast skies here in Portland, that really gets to me! Funny, you used the term 'sun break', when I first moved to the NW and heard that term I asked 'Wow, does that mean you get a good break from the sun?'...many a ha ha ha! followed :)

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

The cyclamen are a nice touch.

Gail said...

I never think of snow and seattle in the same sentence... Many of us in nashville wanted snow, just one snowfall! But if it came now, just when it looks like spring might begin we would be very bummed!~~I have easy to care for indoor plants and even then they must have nothing that bobs about or looks attractive to a cat! Now winter stop messing with everyone! gail

Gardeness said...

Karen: The snow was not met with cheer this morning, that's for sure. The houseplants are alive. That's all I can say for them.

Catherine:At least the sun eventually came out. Of course we never left the house, opted to make a blanket fort and play inside.

Cathy:You have 100 different houseplants? Holy lord! Impressive. Can I get some pointers.

Kim: Glad to know I'm not the only gardener that kills houseplants!

I have started peas indoors since I've been growing them (2 years, ha!) Nothing special, just plunk a seeds in egg cartons and watch them take off.

mr_subjunctive: Share away, please!

Jean: Thanks for the visit. It seems the following has been sorted out. Mass mayhem, though.

Pomona: Thanks. Again, it's mostly new plants. I know absolutely zilch about houseplants. I've killed aloes, ficus, ferns! It's crazy, but still I have a few crippling along.

Tessa: I usually like it the first couple times. But this city shuts down with just a few inches. And I was already in planting mode. "Sun breaks," yeah, rain showers with moments of sunshine. Only in the PNW.

Aunt Debbi: Thanks, I like the pop of red, especially against the yellow walls.

Gail: Yeah, I learned long ago about the cat attraction. Of course now our big old orange tabby could care less. The little guy however ... What plants do you have, btw? And yes, for the last three years we've been getting quite a bit of snow each winter. Once or twice a year is fine, but I think this is round three or four!

Grace Peterson said...

We got a dusting last night. It's comical how strange this winter has been.

Megan said...

I think that snow was winter's last hurrah. It disappeared in Portland in a matter of hours, so it didn't cause much inconvenience. It was pretty to see it one more time, though. I swear, this really has to be it for winter weather.

Plant Care & Gardening Tips said...

You have a beautiful houseplant.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

You do have happy houseplants--they're cheery and flowering and every day brings us that much closer to spring...

lynn'sgarden said...

Hi Gardeness (love that name!), glad to meet you! Thanks for popping in my blog and commenting. We have the same issues with houseplants..love them, but they don't last for me either..I always justify if it lives 6 mos. I got my money's worth..lol. Sorry you still have snow! I'll make time to read your archives...
Lynn

Genevieve said...

I'm laughing - I felt the same way during a downpout last week - I dug out the usually-neglected houseplant book and tried to figure out my next plant purchase! And sure enough, Fine Gardening arrived a few hours later! I ought to check out OG - I subscribed years ago but during my years of apartment living I didn't have anyplace to grow food, so I stopped it.

Darla said...

That stinks! I guess my complaing that it is not supposed to get above 48 on Sunday and dip to 32Sunday and Monday night is really a waste of your time? I love your blog, the photos of that garden a few posts back is wonderful. Just about to add you to my blog list!!
I don't want to miss anything.

Zach said...

Yikes! I am terrible at growing house plants. But it doesn't help that we don't have good lighting in the house, except the kitchen, and my mom doesn't really like me keeping all my plants in her kitchen!

~Zac

Gardeness said...

Grace: Mother Nature made up for it today with brilliantly sunny skies. I've forgiven her.

Megan: I know, it's nice; and gives us extra moisture. But oh the sun and warm soil is so much better!

Plant Care:

Jodi: You are awesome for staying upbeat with all that powder you've been surrounded with.

Lynn: Welcome. I'm enjoying your blog as well. You have houseplants live for 6 months? Lucky. Snow is gone, hope it stays that way.

Genevieve: LOL. We need to get our fix somewhere, right? I enjoy OG. Nice, well-written stories and helpful information. I also get Garden Gate, which doesn't have all the advertising and is good for keeping on new plants, tools and designs.

Darla: Glad you like it and thanks for adding me to the gang. We've got sun today so things are looking up!

Zach (or Zac?): I'm so glad I'm not the only one! Are there houseplants that do well in dark areas. I need those!