Friday, June 17, 2011

The Great Growing Experiment

Yellow Calibrachoa by The Virtual Sink
Yellow Calibrachoa, a photo by The Virtual Sink on Flickr.
When it comes to gardening, I have a brown thumb. I've even killed cacti. Several of them, in fact. I fear that, if there's an afterlife, there will be a number of angry plants waiting for me when I get there.

A number of weeks ago, a garending-fanatic friend brought me along to the local greenhouse and foisted a number of Calibrachoa plants upon me. She assured me that, as long as I kept them watered, they would thrive. I had my doubts, but I have to say that, 5 weeks later, these plants are doing great.

The Calibrachoa are plants in the nightshade family with small, petunia-like flowers. They are weak evergreen short-lived perennials with a sprawling habit, which is great because I sank them a bit too deep in my planter box. And, yes, I am not exactly diligent when it comes to watering these plants, but that doesn't seem to have stopped them.

I wonder if I'm ready to handle another cactus now.

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