My crops, flowers and landscape (ActiveRain Challenge)

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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.

 

 

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Associate Broker, CBR®

Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

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Kat Palmiotti
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Brian - True, but I don't normally go out that door so hardly ever see them!

Belinda -   You are right; gardening is definitely not for everyone.

Alexandra - True, sprinklers would help.....

Aug 24, 2017 12:01 PM #13
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Joe Pryor
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Lucky for me that Jaime and his crew take care of everything for me otherwise it would be a wasteland.

Aug 24, 2017 12:44 PM #14
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Kat - tthis is the with me. This is one challenge I won't be taking.  I have a brown thumb. 

Aug 24, 2017 12:59 PM #15
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Larry takes care of all our gardening ventures as I watch from indoors as I write blogs!

Aug 25, 2017 04:30 AM #16
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Kat- I've had the same effect on basil! I go in streaks where I'll buy plants and the I move on to something else. About the only plants I haven't lost interest in are my orchids. As for weeding and mulching- been there, done that. Not anymore.

Aug 25, 2017 08:07 PM #17
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Joe - Yay Jaime!

Grant - I'm glad I'm not alone.

Sheila - That's a great team!

Kathy - We figured out how to make dried basil!

Aug 26, 2017 02:54 AM #18
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 I love reading about everyone's passion for beautiful flowers 🌺 Kat Palmiotti 

Aug 26, 2017 08:07 AM #19
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Kat Palmiotti - you and Nina Hollander crack me up! Thanks to people like you Landscapers are making a fortune!!!!

Aug 26, 2017 08:15 AM #20
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Kat Palmiotti
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Paul - Well, I certainly like flowers. I just don't grow them.

Patricia - Haha, indeed!

Aug 26, 2017 09:35 AM #21
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Sybil Campbell
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Kat, you have some lovely hanging basket flowers.  Have a great weekend.

Aug 26, 2017 10:35 AM #22
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Kat

Your garden is in its full summer bloom.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 26, 2017 08:11 PM #23
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Some people have greener thumbs than others....we have (if the deer don't eat them) perennials that we can ignore and they are gorgeous....like daylilies...give them a shot...they are goof proof and they spread !

Aug 27, 2017 03:45 AM #24
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Will Hamm
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Hello Kat,  well when you retire you can study up on growing a garden but you will be to busy enjoying retirement to plant one.

 

Aug 27, 2017 07:35 AM #25
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Potted plants are the most difficult, I think, because they require constant attention. The hot sun dries them out quickly. Having a helper (aka your sweet husband) gives them a better chance of survival. :)

Aug 27, 2017 09:43 AM #26
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Kat Palmiotti
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Sybil - Thank you, and you also!

Lou - That's as full as it gets!

Sally - The deer do eat our plants, and of course, I forget to deer-proof them.

Will - Hmm. That's probably true.

Pat - Yes indeed, he sure does a better job than I do!

Aug 27, 2017 10:42 AM #27
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Sharon Tara
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I admire your blatant honesty. LOL

I share your lack of green thumb skills. However you having a basil plant for a year is very impressive. I've never had one more than a month. LOL

Aug 27, 2017 11:25 AM #28
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Sharon - I have no idea how that plant lasted so long. When it would start to look kind of sad, I'd give it water. I guess I missed some of it's droopiness.

Aug 27, 2017 12:38 PM #29
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Oh my gosh, I laughed out loud at this post, Kat! You're so much like my BFF (who is also a New Yorker!) - she wants NOTHING to do with outdoor gardening and prefers just to head to the nursery and purchase something 'pretty.'  When it dies, she just buys another one!  LOL

And, you do better than she does - she won't lay a finger on the lawn mower!  

Fantastic entry - I love it!

Aug 28, 2017 07:18 PM #30
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Debe - Yes! That's the way to do it - just buy a new one when the one you just bought dies. That's how it works. Haha.

Aug 29, 2017 03:06 AM #31
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Hi Kat -- I admire your honesty --- for people who either don't like gardening or don't have the time for it, the great thing is that there are many people who will gladly do it.  Of course, for a fee.  

I know many condo residents who despite having a patio area or terrace --- don't even go outside.   Different strokes as they say.  

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