Sunday, September 21, 2008

My Green Thumb

Okay, I admit it. I'm not that great at growing things. Just today, The Pastor came in and scooped up one of my drooping plants with a sarcastic comment about being the one who had been called by God to save our houseplants.

Usually when I attempt to grow things like flowers, I get results like you see in the picture above.

This spring, in the name of simplicity, I planted flowers in large pots, rather than make flower beds. I figure the less dirt, the less chance that weeds can grow and the less chance of weeds growing, the better the chance that flowers might actually grow. So you can imagine my delight when my flowers took off and bloomed like crazy. (well, most of them...)

I had flowers that looked like this....

And this... My pots runneth over. It was a beautiful sight and every day I would come home from work and while I watered my fantastic foliage, I would commend myself on what a great plant-grower I'm becoming. The petunias were my ultimate source of pride. I actually have 4 large pots and the one full of purple petunias was by and far the most beautiful. The plants are spilling over the sides of the pot and there were so many flowers it looked like I own stock in Miracle Grow. Notice I said the plants are, but the flowers were.





The Lord has a funny way of keeping my pride in check. You've heard me tell of attending meetings wearing remnants of my lunch or of admiring my own hairdo and drooling on myself, but this one is on a whole new level. One night after Bible study I stood on the porch saying good-bye to a friend. She noticed and commented on the petunias and I beamed with pride.
The next morning when I left for work, I gasped with surprise and then instant rage. A pack of wild llamas (yes, I said wild llamas) came through the yard and ate every flower...only off my huge petunia plant. And now, it looks like this...





So not fair.

5 comments:

Vanessa said...

Those were wild llamas?? I saw them, I thought they got loose from someone. haha Sorry they ate your beautiful flowers! Sounds like time to make some warm coats. HAHA!

Jean Matthew Hall said...

Llamas?? Do you live in North America or South America? - just kidding - Several of my neighbors raise llamas. It seems that NC has the right climate for them and they are a rather lucrative investment.

I hope your wave of purple beauties bloom again.

Blessings,
Jean
http://www.jeanmatthewhall.blogspot.com

CariJ said...

Yeah, can you believe that? Llamas! I'm not sure where they came from, but a policeman came up to the house last week and asked The Pastor if he'd seen any wild llamas. We hadn't, but not 15 minutes after the cop left, there were the llamas. A few days later...bye, bye purple petunias!

CariJ said...

Jean - Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope the flowers bloom again too, but I fear our weather is getting too cold! :-)

darshan said...

Beautiful flowers pics which I would like to put them in my garden....

Darshan

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