Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I've never had a green thumb. I grew up in inner-city apartments and didn't have my first backyard until my husband and I moved in together. For about a year we lived in a funny old house with a big backyard that we mostly ignored. I mean, I loved, loved, loved having a yard to to enjoy but we never did any gardening per se. Once in a blue moon my husband would mow the lawn but that was about it.
When our landlords sold that house we moved into an apartment. In many ways it was a huge improvement on the house (no mice! built in storage! a proper bathroom with a toilet!) but with one majordrawback: no yard. Not even a balcony. Because of this, I've found myself craving green over the years but I've always ended up killing any plant that passes through our door.
Recently I was inspired again, so I picked up two succulents at our neighbourhood nursery. They really do make the apartment feel homier and I love the simple act of taking care of something and watching it grow. I've had them for a couple of months now, and they seem to be doing well. So well that I'm thinking of branching out and trying something other than succulents. Maybe someday I will have a green thumb after all...