The Black Thumb

April showers bring May flowers.  Or so I’m told.  I suspect I am the black thumb of my group.  While I appreciate a beautiful garden from a pure visual standpoint, I lack the ability to truly appreciate it from a gardener’s view.  It’s a flower, it’s colorful, it’s pretty, I’m good.  And yet, so often to be told it’s actually a weed.

I have only successfully grown roses.  I’ve heard of pruning but am never sure if I’m doing it correctly.  All other flowers seem to die on me.  Don’t ask me about optimal times for blooming and what varieties grow best in various climates.  I haven’t got a clue.  I go to Home Depot, get what looks to me like the “best” rose plant, pick up a bag of soil, plant it and hope for the best.  This one here looks pretty good to me.

And what gal doesn’t like getting flowers, especially roses, from their sweetheart on special days?  I’m just as thrilled with a single bud as I am with a whole dozen.  But yeah, if you ask, I’d like a full dozen, please.  Kind of like hot Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  Just one will make me happy, but I won’t turn down a dozen either.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday, folks!


About Micki Gibson

Young Adult fiction writer
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4 Responses to The Black Thumb

  1. jeff7salter says:

    I have a brown thumb also.
    Plus, I don’t really have sufficient patience to wait for typical growth cycles.
    Instant gratification needed.


  2. My ‘brown/black thumb’ is with houseplants.I can grow almost anything else outside, but nothing lasts long around me indoors. (One thing I could not get to grow outdoors for me was going to be an Arbor Day post, but we didn’t go there, at least, not yet.)
    We do have a philodendron that is about 25 years old…and I know it has lasted only because it is technically my husband’s….he won it as a door prize at a church function. Don’t feel bad,Micki!


  3. Iris B says:

    LOL – we seem to be a bunch of non-gardeners here! You should try Irises as well 😉 they seem to be quite forgiving with people with a all-colours-but-green-thumb!


  4. oh, honey, I’m right there with you. When someone gives me a live plant, my immediate thought is “another victim” I’ve killed cactus as well as silk plants.


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