Now lets just get one thing straight: I do not have a green thumb. In the past I haven’t had much luck – or desire – when it comes to gardening. But, one thing I have managed to do is keep children alive for 12 years, so I thought it was time I gave this gardening caper another shot. So let the journey begin. We will be following my gardening adventures, bit by bit as I make this station beautiful. Ok ok, I won’t get ahead of myself. Let’s just keep the Vinca’s alive for a start…. then we will make the station beautiful, what do you think?
My friend, Anna, once told me that anyone can grow a Vinca. I mean, for goodness sake they are growing in the cement in Mt Isa, so surely I could do this. Surely! So, years ago I bought a Vinca – I know, don’t laugh, yes I really did pay money for this weed like plant. Anna told me if I couldn’t keep it alive I should give up the game. Lets just say – well – I gave up the game. I was busy trying to keep young children alive back then, that was enough for me.
Well here I am, ready to start over. I am just going to start small. One thing at a time. So far I have managed to keep some pot plants alive on my verandah so I figure I am off to a good start. There is even a Vinca amongst them and it is alive and well. It does droop a little every now and then but after a good drink she comes back to life.
Oh and I have even worked out how to drive the Manitou – remember! I thought it was time I finished sorting out this garden bed, inject a bit of life back into the old girl…
So on Friday I jumped in the manitou and headed out and about to get some old soil that had been cleared out of the cattle yards a few years ago – perfect. Look, I actually managed to get some…
Took a bit of manouvering to get the dirt on the other side of that steam engine from outside the yard, but slow and steady did it and I actually managed it somehow.
We will keep an eye on this and see how I go growing this garden. Surely I can do it. I am going to have to head over to Mrs Savvy B’s and take some cuttings from her garden I think.
When I was in town last week I bought a few plants. I have also managed to keep quite a few cuttings alive that I got from Mrs Savvy B’s place last year. I also bought a heap of pots, I am in the process of moving them around the verandah to figure out just where I want them and where the plants will thrive before I transplant them.
Amongst the purchases from last week were these Ixora’s which I plan on planting out and about in an attempt to pretty up some ugly buildings with a spot of hedging, I do love a good hedge.
On Friday I think I also realised why I don’t really like gardening. After moving a heap of heavy rocks I was feeling very sore and sorry for myself. Could be the fact that I broke my neck many years ago but that is a whole other story. I think I should lay off the heavy lifting of rocks and stick to the Vinca’s, what do you think?
We had quite the storm here on Saturday afternoon. Clancy was running around the house like a crazy person screaming “AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH, WE’RE GOING TO DIE” over and over and over. I must say I handled the situation very poorly, there wasn’t a whole lot of empathy and I may have lost my cool and then perhaps thought he was right when I saw the pool falling apart.
Once things had settled down, this is what we found…
I mean, it is no wonder Clancy was in quite a state.
My goodness. Someone has got some serious chainsaw work ahead of them. And after the heavy lifting of rocks I bags not doing it.
Now it is over to all the hard core gardeners out there who actually manage to keep things alive. Hit us with your advice… all of it. Surely I am not the only person who needs help in this department. What can I grow in a sunny position, which plants thrive in a very shady spot? I need your help!
How is your green thumb? Want to start your gardening career with me?
How was your weekend?
What did you get up to?