Monday, May 21, 2012
An Epiphany for the Brown-Thumbed
Just last week I reviewed the fantastic Behind the Seeds Tour located in Epcot’s Land Pavilion. Since writing this, I found myself re-inspired to have a bit more greenery in my life! I bought some pots, some flowers, some herbs and some vegetables. I also picked up a bag of Miracle Grow potting soil. Despite how ambitious I was feeling, I still knew it would take a miracle for anything to grow on my front porch! Boy…I wasn’t wrong. After a few days of trying my best, my plants looked at me in such a way that I knew I was simply being cruel and selfish by taking them home with me instead of allowing another, more able person purchase the now doomed florae. Then it dawned on me (I’m a slow learner, I suppose):
I will never be able to grow a pumpkin shaped like Mickey.
In my dark moments, owning up to the truth, I wandered around the lawn and garden store until something caught my eye: A topiary! It was beautiful! A lovely shade of green and the careful sculpted shape of it was perfection! No! I mustn’t send this gorgeous thing to its untimely death! Nevertheless, I couldn’t stop my feet from walking toward it.
It wasn’t real!
Well, not in the living sense, anyway. Oh my goodness! A light bulb went off! I can’t kill something that isn’t alive!
So naturally I bought two. Plus a fern to put in my hanging basket! All of a sudden the front of my house is alive! Well, no it actually isn’t- but it sure looks like it is!
So I may never be able to grow a Mickey pumpkin; but I bet I could find a plastic one around Halloween! A bonus is it won’t rot on my front step if I happen to leave it there until November 7...or 14th, but who's counting! Besides, I really love supporting my local farmer’s market. If I all of a sudden went all garden ninja whom would they sell to? So this is really for the best. I can enjoy “Living with the Land” on my own terms- At Epcot, in other people’s gardens, in my market and now, made of silk.
For an excellent resource for all things silk and artificial plants, I encourage you to check out Silk Flowers Warehouse! They really know their stuff over there! Purely informational at the moment, it provides a wealth of knowledge if you are in the market for plants you can keep always!