Urban gardening

To quote my most favorite aunt, thanks to marriage I have become” a House broken Lisa”!  The new role is exciting and not without its challenges. ( The main one being what vegetable to cook and how? )  Settling down to being house broken has taken time and needless to say I have not being traveling as frequently as I used to.

Meanwhile  I have taken up gardening.

It is so thrilling to step out to your balcony and pluck a few leaves off your Basil plant to add to your omelette. In the evenings it is delightful to sit with a cup of tea midst the little greenery.

At this juncture I need to stop and make a quick confession. My plants are all dying!  After endless experiments I can safely say that I do not have a green thumb. I have watered my succulents to death and  left my coriander to bake in the sun all day, every day.

Only the really sturdy plants survive with me. Lettuce, Thyme, Oregano and sadly even chrysanthemums are too pansy to grow in my garden.

My mint is a definite survivor. Every time I think that’s it, its finally dead it springs new leaves.  My basil is used to my phases of watering, neglect and too much love. My poor peace lilies are still surviving from being nearly drowned in water. ( In my defense I saw a similar looking plant on the internet and the author had mentioned that her plants loved the water! Apparently that was a very different plant).

Gardening is like nurturing life ( and in my case death). It is exciting to see new shoots, see the progress of a tiny bud to a flower and sometimes witness  miracles when plants that are dry to the bone suddenly gives out a tiny new shoot.

Oh did I mention that my surely once dead chrysanthemums are coming back to life.

Shocking! Oh I love my garden!



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