gazillion zinnias

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You know that expression about letting a guy/girl eat crackers in bed if you really like them?  It makes little sense to me.  Shouldn’t the expression change to cookies or cake or ice cream or Pringles?  I mean, who eats crackers in bed?  Same thing when it comes the popular green thumb — not even the best gardener has a green thumb.  But you know what a garden does have?  Black fingers.
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I’m the opposite of a gardener, and I already know that green thumbs have nothing to do with soil and seeds and vegetation.  I mean, if anything, the plant will sprout green.  But my thumb?  That remains black:
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Can you believe I’ve lived 27 years without ever planting a thing?  Sometimes I sit and think about all the action packed years behind me, and I marvel at how there are still 100 million gazillion things left on my bucket list.  And plant something? I mean, c’mon, that’s almost too natural of a process to leave undone, right?
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Long before I could run a mile, I used to daydream about being the type of person that put on earbuds and run run run.  Guess what? Now I do 5ks on the regular (not a biggie for you marathoners, but hey!), and my earbud goal has changed.  The new plan is to become a gardener.  Should I be concerned that I don’t own a plot of land?
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Not when I have everything I need: a coffee mug, some soil, and a couple of seeds.  I’m a little skeptical that this Zinnia of mine will flower, but I’m watering with care and providing lots of sunlight.  Kind of exciting hoping that something will sprout, right?  And if worst comes to worst and nothing blossoms, well, I’ll just have to get my fingers black again.
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23 thoughts on “gazillion zinnias

  1. What a perfect post for Earth Day 2014, giving back to the planet the provides so well for us 😉 Enjoy the process, even if something doesn’t sprout, you already have growth 😉

  2. Oh so fun!!! I went 29 years!!! We started a veggie garden last year and I LOVE it!!! It’s so fun to eat stuff that came out your backyard!!! Can’t wait to see pics of the pretty flowers!

  3. Love it, girl! I want to start planting some things too! But I don’t own any land either…haha. Pops of green and pretty flowers always make any apartment look gorgeous! Do it to it, my friend. 🙂

  4. I am also totally naive about gardening, but this is exciting! I’ve been wanting to make little plants of basil or something, because I have the same problems of space as you. I should get on it! You’ve inspired me! LOVE that graphic at the end–so very true, and so simple to follow. Many little steps = big changes 🙂

  5. Can’t wait to see if they bloom! I need to plant some new things, almost everything from last year is no longer with us. 😦 Plus, I read that living plants in your home make it feel “alive.”

  6. I always wondered where the “green thumb” label came from too, because like you said, when gardening you always end up with a black thumb. Good luck with your plant! I love your idea of planting it in a mug. So cute!!

  7. First of all, YES to running 5K’s on the regular. I LOVE that distance. It’s like get in and get out and get an easy 300 calories burned (meaning TREATS FOR ME!) I just spent 3 hours yesterday with my mama preparing the garden and today I think I shall plant some things!! I CANNOT WAIT!

  8. I am a total dunce when it comes to growing things but I did manage not to kill some potatoes last year 🙂 But hose plants or herbs? I’m toast! Can’t wait to see these lovelies in bloom! And you’re so right, we just have to start doing what we want to be doing (mad props on your 5ks, btw 🙂

  9. i’ve always wanted to have a garden too, but living in a small apartment makes it hard! this saturday my friend ellie and i are joining a community garden where we will pay $25 to have our own plot and i plan to grow tons of flowers! 🙂 🙂

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  11. I’m currently keeping a Christmas Cactus and a Rosemary plant alive indoors, and Angel recently bought some Venus Flytrap seeds (because, obviously, Venus Flytraps are cool!) and I planted them though I have my doubts as to whether they will sprout in this climate…

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