Not-So Green Thumbs…

Apparently Kyle and I are unable to keep plants alive….or rather, the one that is still alive isn’t looking so good.  

The night before our wedding after our rehearsal dinner, we invited the bridal party and a few friends over for a game night.  Jenn and Kacey brought us a jade plant as a “apartment warming” gift.  As of tomorrow, we’ll be married for 9 months and the plant is still alive! Except…..that it isn’t looking so good.  I really wish I had taken a picture of it when we first got it.  When we got the plant, we obviously kept it at our apartment.  We didn’t sleep at the apartment the night before the wedding or the wedding night, but we knew we’d be back on Sunday.  On Monday, we were leaving for Hawaii for (just about) 2 weeks.  I didn’t want the plant to die while we were away, so I brought the plant to my mom so she could take care of it.  Little did I know, but jade plants don’t need to be watered that often.  In the summer or warmer months, it should be watered every 4 weeks.  In the colder/cooler, months, it should be watered approximately every 3 weeks.  Needless to say, my mom didn’t have to water it at all while we were in Hawaii.  Anyway, so when we got back and officially moved into our apartment (not that the one night before our honeymoon didn’t count), we put the plant outside to get some sun.  We haven’t been keeping track of how many weeks since it’s been watered, but I thought we were doing a pretty good job…..not so much. 

At my school, the staff celebrates birthdays and 1/2 birthdays (if your birthday is in the summer.)  Since my birthday is in July, my 1/2 birthday was celebrated in January.  The 2nd grade teacher had my name.  Usually we just do breakfast for the staff and make a sign that says “Happy Birthday (teacher’s name).” Well, the 2nd grade teacher went all out.  Not only did she provide breakfast, but she also had her students each make me a card (they were my kindergarten students), a scratch off lottery ticket and a plant.  I figured I’d bring the plant home because my classroom gets so hot (they really turn the heat up high) and I didn’t want the plant to die.  It died within 3 days at athe apartment. :(   I don’t have a picture of it.

Then comes St. Patrick’s Day.  My mom bought us a shamrock plant.  Since it’s been so nice out, I’ve had it sitting outside on the table….it’s practically dead. 

And finally…..Easter.  We bought Kyle’s mom, his grandfather and aunt an Easter plant.  We didn’t give his mom the plant on Easter because we didn’t think she’d want to bring it home that day, so we figured we’d give it to her the following day (when she met Pyper.) Well, we forgot to give it to her.  We knew we’d see her later in the week for pizza (on Friday), so we decided that we’d take care of it until then.  We watered it and kept it away from Pyper (who has decided she likes to eat plants.)  We finally gave her the plant (tulips) last night…..they looked horrible!!!!

The tulips actually looked worse when we gave her them.  Kyle held the tulips in the car and at least 4 petals fell off….However, we made up for giving her a mostly dead plant with a bag of combos.

Our goal for the spring and summer is to plant some flowers on our balcony.  I’m afraid that we’re going to kill them as well….wish us lots of luck!!! I’m not sure how I didn’t learn how to plant and take care of flowers….my mom plants flowers all the time and I helped water them.

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