My Thumb is Green! Part 2

Again I will say that in my opinion, gardening can be art too. It takes a certain amount of patience and creativity to be a gardener and to enjoy it. If you missed it, here’s the first blog I wrote about my garden. GREEN

Now just to recap, I have some veggies on the back porch, some plants in the front, and I also made a garden downstairs in the front. The garden in the front is my favorite.

The front has banana trees (flown here from Texas) and a few other native plants. The only plants doing well here right now are the banana trees because of all the rain and hot weather. I planted Marigolds up here too because they are hardy and when the flowers die you just squeeze all the seeds out and throw them all over and they will grow. I have a few little ones coming up now and hopefully they can make it through the rest of the summer and be good and pretty for the rest of the seasons. But the main idea here are the banana trees. I used to have these on the side of the house but they didn’t too well. Once I moved them to the front they took off.

The biggest one, closest to the driveway is the best one so far. The one in the middle started off sad and is just now getting really big. Those are our original two starter plants. The one closest to you in the photo is a pup of the big one. If you are not familiar with banana trees, they reproduce when they are happy and content with their soil and environment.

These are two MORE pups that are sprouting up. This is such great news for us. If these things start to produce fruit, we can have our own banana stand on the weekends. LOL!! The one on the left it just about big enough to replant if we want to move it. The one in the right photo started sprouting last week. These things take off like crazy. The other super neat part about these trees, frogs LOVE them. And we love the wildlife around here. So we have baby tree frogs all over these things. Way cool.

Now if you checked out the last blog you saw a little story about this guy. Started out as a tiny cactus, thought it was going to die, sort of forgot about it, started to take off. Now look at it! He’s huge!!!! This thing keeps sprouting new arms and now it’s even started to grow roots out of the arms. I need to do some research and see exactly what kind of cactus this is. But he has a new pot and he loves it.

I don’t know if I’ve shown my frustration about this to my blogger followers yet, but here goes. I LOVE avocados. If you check out my Pinterest, my food board is full of recipes that have something to do with avocado. So I need a tree of my own. Now I know that you need two so they can cross pollinate and they take quite a few years to even start producing fruit…not the point. I just want to be able to grow one from a seed. Blogs everywhere make it sound so easy. My mom-in-law told me, “Oh it’s so easy. I’ve done it a bunch of times.” Well, this is my millionth attempt. Yes I am exaggerating, but not much. I would say this is my 10th attempt. And this is my final attempt. If it doesn’t work this time, I am breaking down and buying a tree. This guy was in my window but someone had told me that maybe it was too cold in my house. So he is outside enjoying the sun, not growing. Grrrrr.

Here is our Plumeria we brought home from Maui. We came home with a branch or stalk or trunk (not sure what you call it) bought from Walmart of all places, planted it, and voila. Our own tropical beauty. I think this is the pink one but it could be white. We have another one that isn’t doing as well. I think the pot may not be draining well and it’s being over-watered. That one needs some TLC before he’s up to blog status.

Here is my baby, my pride and joy, my Money Tree. And thanks to my other love (my husband) this guy is THRIVING!!! The last time I went to CA I left my husband in charge of watering my plants. I came home to a fertilized Money Bush. There are new branches and a ton of new leaves. The only thing I am waiting for is for it to flower. When I purchased this plant the instructions said minimal water and window sun. When I see these plants around now the instructions say that they love humidity and water. Never knew they loved water until my mom (in San Diego) had a week of rain and all of the sudden her money tree bloomed. So now I am determined to get this guy to bloom.

This is the basil I bought in April time frame for $0.50 at a blueberry farm. It was about 5 inches tall when I bought it (not including the pot). Now it’s 21 inches tall. I told you my thumb was a nice shade of green.

My plants in the backyard are still doing okay. The tomatoes are done, I need to get rid of them and start new ones, but the banana peppers and bell peppers are still producing. The plants themselves don’t look too good, but there is still fruit so I can’t complain. Last on my list is this little number…

Fake but adorable. My mom crocheted this from a pattern she found on Pinterest. We are just a green and crafty family!!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Notes From The Backseat
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 16:27:09

    That cactus is way cute. I wish we could garden here. I’m not used to the climates here in TN yet, so my dreams of planting an avocado tree fell through pretty quickly when I found out I’d have to move it in for the winter (Where am I supposed to put a tree? I mean, it’s hard enough finding a place for the Christmas tree lol).

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    • Gwenniesmom
      Sep 26, 2012 @ 08:32:12

      LOL! Too funny. You will get used to the climate and start your own garden soon enough. I used to live in NC and never had a problem with my plants. You just need to figure out which ones work well. Good luck!!

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  2. Gwenniesmom
    Sep 26, 2012 @ 10:05:27

    Not necessarily. Some plants need to be planted in the fall/winter so they can have a dormant period. Most bulbs are planted in the fall. And you can always have indoor/outdoor plants. šŸ™‚

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