The other day I discovered that one of my cactus plants had bloomed. Don't be impressed. I'm entirely convinced now that the key to getting blooms is sheer neglect including but not limited to completely forgetting to provide water for weeks at a time. I used to be able to grow anything - seriously anything and got considerable enjoyment from eking life out of the tiniest cutting or seed. Now I tend my babies and have no regrets there but lately I have been missing having the fresh herbs for my kitchen among other things. I did try to grow parsley and chives on my window sill but the chive seeds never sprouted and the parsley died for lack of watering. You're seeing a theme here? Me, too. Yesterday I started over and hope that I'll remember to water this time. Someday I would like to have a raised bed in the yard and grow more herbs, garlic, tomatoes and pumpkins and things. First I need to figure out how to finance my little dream and second I need to figure out how to keep the animals out of it. Who knows when either of those things will happen.
However, a few weeks ago another mom in my MOPS group passed out some pepper starters. I got a Hungarian Hot Wax. The name makes me think that it belongs in a Harry Potter book. I can even here Professor Dumbledore announcing (think Tri-Wizard Cup here) "... and Harry will be going against the Hungarian Hot Wax." Anyway, it's been weeks now and not only is my little start still alive but it's thriving and getting tall! So Friday I transplanted it to a large pot for my patio and Sunday Gabe and I planted carrot seeds around it. Not just any carrots though but multi-colored carrots! Red, yellow, white and purple in addition to orange. I am so excited to watch them grow. That is if I can keep Zion from digging them back up. I had to hide her play shovels after she saw me planting in the pots. She really likes to dig, give her gravel, sand, anything and a shovel and away she goes. Someday I will be able to take advantage of that I'm sure -especially if I do somehow get my little garden going.