I grew up with plants literally surrounding the house. I am blessed to have a mother who's not only loving and selfless, but who also has a green thumb. Growing up, I've seen her get her hands dirty digging dirt, grow flowering plants, setup rustic home-made trellis, and water plants every late afternoon. If she had her way, the entire place would be green (and purple, her favorite color). I called it her "jungle".
I, on the other hand, have never really had any particular interest in plants except that I liked having them around. I once tried to keep plants in the house, but they didn't live long enough. They always eventually wilted and died. Mama said our generation touches so much technology -- always on the computer, looking at our phones every two (2) minutes, playing online games; it has made our touch too cold or too hot to take care of anything natural. I brushed it off at first thinking it was silly, but it kind of makes sense. Maybe there's truth to that.
So I gave up for a while. But when I moved to Dubai in late 2014 and constantly just seeing sand and concrete everywhere (I mean they're great but), I found that I've actually missed having plants around the house. But I also knew that I wasn't good at keeping plants alive.
I thought to get succulents and cacti as it would be hard to kill them. I hoped, but at the same time, I was setting up expectations of possible failure given my proven plant-keeping expertise in the past.
I eventually transferred one of succulents in a Slovakian crystal bowl I got from Ate Lennie, our company nurse, for my birthday.
I'm happy to report that after more than a year, these guys are still alive. One actually died, but with my expectations of all of them dying -- that wasn't so bad. Ya can't win 'em all, but ya gotta try, bae.
I am trying my luck now at propagating the succulents so I'll have more. So, watch this space for another long, boring post about fat plants. LOL
What's you favorite plant/flower?
P.S. Here's photo of my Mother's hydrangea. Almost as beautiful as her.