Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Testing My Black Thumb

I have a sister who has a green thumb. In fact, she is studying to be a botanist in college right now. She used to come over to my mom's house and dig up the dirt to put flowers in it just so that she could get her hands in the stuff.

If you read the title, you would probably have guessed by now that I don't follow after her.

I started a few bonsai trees a couple of years ago. I finally uprooted my oldest one last year because I just killed it. When I tried to repot it I think I clipped off a bit too much of the roots. Oops.

Today I ended up potting a small tree (I think it was a maple, but can't remember. I'll let you know when the leaves come on) in one of my pots. I don't know if it is going to live, but I am guessing that I can probably keep it alive through at least one year. The best tree lasted a whole three years. Wifey called it "the stick" because it was about 18" tall and just split out in two different places within 4" from the top. This new one has a split much farther down, so I am hoping that it will look more like a tree than a stick.

Should said tree live, I might try manicuring it a bit next year to see if I can't get it to look even more tree-like. But for now, I am just going to test out my black thumb and hope that it might be a hunter green thumb. Maybe a hunter green is going a bit far—I'll settle for green that you have to look twice at to tell that it isn't black.

On a completely unrelated note, check out these advertisements. It makes me glad that I didn't take the selling job. I would feel like I was crammed into these boxes like these poor folks.


Lana said...

I loved the advertising link!!!

Johnny said...

Me too! That is why I thought I would share it. I couldn't believe how awesome those ads were. It was a very creative use of using the space, and pretty ingenious as well. I used to think when I was little that miniature people were in those machines doing stuff for me. I never realized that they were full-sized people stuffed in there.