Belinda Spillman's August challenge "Show Us Your Summer Blooms and Crops" was the motivation for this post. The rules indicated we should share pictures of our crops, flowers or landscape. As I wandered around my property, I realized that if I was going to participate in this challenge, I had to admit the following.
I ignore my property.
There it is, in black and white. The extent of my lawn care is to mow the lawn and remove twigs/weeds. Our grass is patchy. Some spots grow well and are nice and green. Others are full of moss or dirt. I won't even share a picture of the lawn. It looks neat, true. But it's a pathetic example of a rural lawn.
So let's go to the crops and flowers, shall we? I don't plant flowers, vegetables or new plants outside. I rarely weed. I did buy a basil plant at the grocery store a few years ago and I sat it in the sun on a table. The basil lasted for over a year, providing me with lots of greens for my spaghetti sauce. But I must have forgotten to water it enough, because all of a sudden it provided me with dried basil. All over the table. Oops.
So what the heck am I going to share for this challenge? Flowers!
Not flowers I grew though, since we already know I don't do that. Flowers that came from the store and are hanging on my front porch.
And for the record, the only reason they are still healthy looking is because my husband remembers to bring water out and water them on a regular basis. And to be totally transparent, the only reason they are even there is because he bought them.
So I do have dreams of having a wonderful vegetable and herb garden someday when we are on our retirement property. I have plans for a greenhouse and all sorts of yummy things to eat that I grow myself. But based on my experience to date, it is safe to say that I'm going to have a lot of learning to do. I don't have a clue what to do with those things called plants.