Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thinly Veiled Attempt

....at salvaging my gardening reputation.

Do any of you remember a few months back when I shared my olive tree fiasco with you? What I initially thought were buds on my lovely olive tree turned out to be black scale instead. Tiny creatures that were procreating on my tree's branches and slowly sucking the life out of it. And they had moved on the the other olive tree as well as the lemon tree (yes, I live in the north and insist on trying to grow warm climate plants). Things didn't look good for my poor olive tree but I didn't have the heart to just toss it away.

Admittedly, sharing that info with the public in all likelihood, and with good reason, did more than just slightly tarnish my gardening reputation. To be fair, I've never claimed to be a true green thumb in the garden, but I do so love plants and have a deep-seeded dream of being a successful gardener. When I have the time.

Well. I have news. News that will hopefully salvage this tarnished image of myself as an amateur gardener and quite frankly, news I'm rather proud of. You see, in my original post I didn't mention my cyclamen to you all. I didn't dare for fear of seeing them go the way of the olive tree as well. I have 3 cyclamen. You know those lovely little plants we all buy because they have such pretty flowers. And then the flowers wilt and you're left with a tuft of green leaves and the desparate hope that you'll see flowers again. Someday. Cyclamen are well known for being rather difficult to get to reflower it would appear. I've researched it and many websites actually go so far as to tell you to just bin the plant and buy a new one with flowers.

But I'm stubborn. And a good thing too. Because now I can proudly say that I have not 1, not 2, but 3 re-flowering cyclamen in my house. No outside intervention but my own! Ta-dah! Reputations salvaged?

Well if not, I have another little bit of news. That olive tree from a few months ago? Well, poor balding Ollie has new branches and leaves that he has sprouted over the summer and is well on the road to recovery. Sometimes it's not all bad to be stubborn after all.

11 comments:

SoBella Creations said...

Your plants look beautiful! Good luck with Olive Tree.

Veronica Lee said...

Hi! I'm visiting from MBC. Great blog.

Barbara said...

Soo I am happy to hear that lemon and olive trees are growing in the north!
I am moving to Austria and I would like to give a bit of mediterranean twist to our garden. So i will give it a try!

Claudia Medeiros said...

Beautiful plants ! It's Springtime here ( Brazil ) and these beautiful flowers are so inspiring :)
Thanks for sharing so beautiful pics ;)

ingermaaike said...

Stubbornness is often a good thing, as long as one knows when it is time to throw in the towel..

The cyclamin look wonderful!

Rita alias alatvian said...

He he! A stubborn gardener you are! Great! Good luck and patience!

ArtMind said...

Wow, I admire your stubbornness... I love cyclamen but I do not have the patience to wait for them to rebloom - I'll try it next time though! :)

Star of the East said...

*applause*
well done :)

Jane_Bo said...

Beautiful plants! Here in Russia we are growing cyclamin at home only).

Michele said...

Good save with the plants. They look beautiful...
and so does your blog.
I'm following you now from MBC... what a wonderful site.

I absolutely love it!

Michele

Name: Holly Bowne said...

Wow, good for you! My mother has a green thumb. Alas, I did not inherit it myself. I do love flowers and plants, but unfortunately I tend to, um...accidentally kill them. So the green plants in our home are the kind that only require dusting. Continued good luck in your gardening endeavors!