Spring madness and a curious purchase

Aaah spring! Season of new beginnings, hay fever and crazed wildlife.

As I write I can hear our local possum gang conducting what is either epic warfare or a very intense mating ritual outside the lounge-room window – complete with hissing, grunting and screeching. Not to mention thundering across our tin roof at all hours of the night.

And lets talk about the birds shall we?

Birds that behave perfectly civilly for nine moths of the year only to turn into kamikaze bombers come September the first. We have magpies and butcher birds (also known as noisy miners) trying to kill any humans that enter the yard and rainbow lorikeets staging a turf war for possession of our bottle-brush tree.

But this post is not about animals. It is about plants, or to be specific this plant…

A curious purchase - a yucca plant

This is Larry and he is a Yucca plant. I bought him last week during our weekly late night shopping pilgrimage to Coles.

Now I understand this may not seem like a very remarkable purchase. But I have a confession to make…

I’ve killed every plant I’ve ever owned!

This is not something I’m proud of. I’ve always wanted to be one of those women who have a kitchen garden, or at least a few healthy-ish pot plants.

But alas I am a failure on all counts – a fact that is hammered home to me once a week when I visit my mother who is a fabulous gardener. If it wasn’t for the 27 hours she spent in labour with me I’m sure she would be wondering whether I was actually her daughter.

So anyway what happened was this. We walked into Coles and ran smack into a pallet of lush green plants…

Spring plant purchases

Me: “Ooh look at those plants. They look lovely and green.”

The boys give a cursory glance to the pallet of plants and agree that they do indeed look very green.

I look at the pallet of yucca plants and a vision starts to form in my head.

It starts with one of these plants and how great it would look on my back deck start, but it ends with me becoming a “lady gardener” in the tradition of Stephanie Alexander and wafting about my hypothetical kitchen garden plucking home-grown produce for my beloved family.

ME: *tentatively* “Maybe we should get one?”

Three sets of brown eyes look at me in utter perplexity. Then Jack my eldest sons says, very kindly…

JACK: “But Mum… you dont really DO plants”

ME: “Well yes I know that but… maybe if I can keep this alive then we can think about trying some vegetables or something?”

Suddenly they are all on board. They’ve talked about a vegetable garden for years and suddenly it seems like it may become a reality.

So after much discussion we choose one. And I’ve called him Larry in the hope that by vaguely humanizing him I may be less inclined to forget about him than my previous flora failures.

So far its working. So much so that this week I bought Larry a friend…

Cordelia the Cordyline

This is Cordelia the Cordyline! And so far they are both alive and enjoying a sunny spot on my back deck.

Cordelia & Larry - they are best friends

Larry & Cordelia – BFFs baby!

Now I have been told that both varieties are quite difficult to kill so I am trying to realistic about my mad gardening skillz.

But if any of you have some advice about how to grow vegetables in Brisbane – or anywhere for that matter – I would LOVE to hear it. You’d be doing me, and my Stephanie Alexander fantasy, a great service πŸ™‚

Rachel - Ed

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Thirty-something Brisbane lover, trying to find the balance between FOMO and YOLO. Semi-retired party girl who loves planning itineraries for big nights out. Often found dragging 3 boys around your local farmers markets or attempting to sneak out for dinner with my husband, The Chef.

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11 Responses to “Spring madness and a curious purchase”

  1. Excellent choice chick. I just planted a whole row of those babies in a corner of my garden. I call it the corner of doom because I seem to kill everything I plant there. I too am hoping these are fool proof πŸ˜‰ Have a fab weekend hun xx

    • Rachel - Ed
      Rachel - Ed Reply

      Thanks Sonia – you’ll have to let me know whether your Larrys survive in the corner of doom!

  2. Every spring I get all excited and buy plants. Every summer they die. Maybe I need to try some Larry’s and Cordielia’s.

    • Rachel - Ed
      Rachel - Ed Reply

      I’m glad to know it’s not just me that get’s excited about plants in spring (and then lets them die – the SHAME!). I’m hopeful that these hardy varieties can stand up to a bit of healthy neglect!

  3. I have turned from a black thumb to a kinda green thumb by researching a hell of a lot about herbs and plants. I now have some chillies starting to grow, 8 different herbs and a tomato plant that hasn’t died.. yet. I have also kept 2 beautiful house plants alive and I find that by giving them love and attention every day, just to check if they need water and are getting enough sunlight they are gunna be okay. Another trick is if they aren’t doing too well in the spot they are in, move them. They will florish when they are in a place they like.

    I have 2 PDF’s on my blog about herb care and potting/growing conditions, links here: bit.ly/1w4765s and bit.ly/1qIZvrg here or I can email them to you.

    • Rachel - Ed
      Rachel - Ed Reply

      Hi Bec – that’s awesome!! I was thinking some easy herbs might be a good way to start and another one of my friends is also having luck with tomatoes so I will give them a crack. I will also take up your kind offer to download the PDFs you’ve put together – and check out the rest of your blog while I am there! Thanks for your help πŸ™‚

    • Rachel - Ed
      Rachel - Ed Reply

      Nova I’ve just asked to join – it sounds like a fabulous group where I can find some tips for getting the vege garden started. You are very kind – thank you so much!!

    • Rachel - Ed
      Rachel - Ed Reply

      That is handy to know Ashlea! My Mum does that thing with cuttings so if I am successful with one its nice to know I can expand. Plus I love their colour – so cheery πŸ™‚

  4. I am the Cordyline Serial Killer! You do NOT want my advice on this matter. Gardening, baking, craft – these are not skills I possess. LOL.

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