I’ve spent most of my day with a mental block that has kept me from accomplishing anything at all today. And it’s all due to the overwhelming number of amazing and gorgeous new plants that I purchased yesterday in an effort to make our home more homey. Aren’t they so fun! I have very high hopes for the success of this project, and things are already looking nice, but allow me to let you in on a little secret …
… I have no idea what I’m doing!
The nursery we went to yesterday is utterly amazing. It is so huge, I could have spent an entire day there just wandering around and looking at plants. And besides that, they have a bakery/café and seating are right inside, too! They had more plants than I could have possibly imagined. Needless to say, my brain was on overload, especially as I went in with only the vaguest idea of what I wanted. Essentially, I only kind of knew how many plants I wanted, and that they needed to mostly be sun-loving. Other than that, I was at the mercy of the endless selection.
It took two trips and four hours to find these beauties. If anyone wants to offer their expertise on these particular plants, or on potted plants in general, please do. I’ve done lots of research online today, and I still feel mostly clueless. I’d love to be able to pick someone’s brain with my particular questions.
Fun story. My friend Lisa and I went on this plant-buying excursion together (thank you!), and we were almost at the end of our second trip. All we needed were a couple pots. But we were a little unsure of what size we’d need, so we asked a nice man who worked there. That turned out to be the best idea of the day, because boy were we wrong about everything! We’d chosen some hanging planters for the patio railings, and those were just all wrong. And we thought we’d be putting the plants directly into soil in the pots we’d purchased. Wrong again! You keep them in the plastic containers and just buy a pot the right size for the container. That way you can easily transplant it. Oh, and how we thought about arranging the herbs and things? Also terribly mistaken. The mediterranean herbs (rosemary and thyme) are okay to plant together, but the lemon verbena and the peppermint need their own individual pots. And I could go on. Needless to say, I was extremely thankful for this encounter, as I quickly learned that I knew absolutely nothing.
Before a month ago, I couldn’t keep the most basic plant alive for more than a couple weeks. But I tested my aptitude with an inexpensive rosemary plant from the grocery store. I did manage to water it regularly, even keeping it alive and thriving through a week of very hot and sunny weather. But then I found out that the yellow spots on the leaves didn’t have anything to do with the leftover water that I gave it after steaming broccoli. No, the timing of the appearance of the spots was only a coincidence. It turns out my poor rosemary is overrun with spider mites. It will have to be sacrificed as there’s really nothing to be done about those. How unfortunate that the first potted plant I’ve ever watered regularly enough to keep it alive, has been overcome by a pest of nature that I had absolutely no control over. Irony.
I think I will be most successful with the succulents. If I forget about watering them, they’ll still live.
The citrus plants, I’m a bit unsure of.
Let’s not even get started about overwintering them …
Much love from cloudy and cool Germany. Here’s to hoping for warmth and sun to help my plant babies grow!