I’m not known for my green thumb. Never really had the knack to grow things. It’s not that I don’t like flowers and other plant life – they don’t like me.
Backstory: For years, my parents came from Wisconsin to Florida to visit. My mom loved Geraniums, so she bought two for the back porch. When she left, she said all I had to do was water them. Yikes! When she came back, they would be close to death’s door.
Back backstory: To top that off, just about every single year my editor at the Lake Edition of the Orlando Sentinel had me write the advance for the Mount Dora Plant and Garden Fair. It was an awesome event for the community, but for me, it was brutal to write.
As of late, I’ve been hanging out with a Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp elder who was a mentor to my master teacher now on the higher side of life. She loved plants and could grow anything. The Camp elder also loves plants. He gave me a succulent. Apparently, you cannot kill those either. I did have a little trouble at first and thought to move it. When I did, it thrived.
The other day the Camp elder and I went to Home Depot so he could pick up a couple of plants and I could look at paint. I ended up buying crotons and succulents for the pots in front of Harmony Hall. The plants replaced the colorful fake flowers.
Those pots are problematic because they have nowhere to drain the water. I will keep a close eye on that. The Camp elder said when we fertilize, we’ll have to repot the plants this time with gravel at the bottom, so the soil doesn’t stay wet. We will see what happens. Regardless, the $25 spent is worth it. Real flowers bring amazing energy.
The Camp elder and I talked about planting pentas to attract butterflies in his yard. I guess I do have a green thumb fighting to come out. Try something new even if you think you already know the answer. You might surprise yourself.
Many Blessings of Peace and Love!
Lori Carter is a freelance writer and Spiritualist Medium -- truly a Spiritual Being, and aren't we all.