Guess what I’m doing? Guest blogging for RCCG YASM! That’s a lot of letters but it’s the Young Adult and Singles Ministry for a ginormous group of church parishes that span the world (literally). I’m a young adult, who knew??
Anyway, I was working on this whole deep post before. Ok maybe I thought it was deep but I guarantee you would think it is at least neck deep if not ocean deep. Where is that post you may be wondering?? Still in draft mode because I do not want to impart uncrystallised wisdom, at least not yet for those who are still figuring me out. Instead let me talk about plant life:
I love nature (within reason – all bugs and slugs need not apply). I love plants and flowers. My mom has an amazing garden/farm and I would like to think I inherited her penchant for nurturing plants. I have bouquets at home, I arrange the flowers at church, etc, etc BUT I have been in this one struggle for literally eight years. I know I am not the only one but chai it is becoming an issue. Check out Exhibits A and B
Would you believe these are victims #3 and #4 this year?? More like #3, #4, #5 and #6 when you realise that each box has two plants *facepalm*. The one on the right is actually one I got earlier this year on one of Bekah and I’s jaunts to The Grove. I bought two terrariums – a cactus and an orchid. Could any two plants be more different?
The cactus is alive and kicking and the orchid is…not. That sad little space in the first hanging planter is where a young, happy, dare I say radiant orchid used to live but nope, no more.
Day in day out I would look at that thing and wonder if I could get another baby orchid and try again but I can’t even lie – I am tired!! I want to stop being the Orchid Annihalator. So what did I do instead – I carried myself to Home Depot and got some good old, reliable cacti. I even found some they called kosmic cacti – with really wild colours. They looked painted so I went for the most normal looking ones.
Making the Terrarium
This is really simple. All you need is:
- Pretty glass container
- Potting soil ( I got the one specifically for cacti to set myself up for success )
- Pebbles/stones for soil cover
Instructions abound on the internet but here’s the quick version of what I did.
- Thoroughly was the container
- Wear gloves ( cacti can hurt)
- Place a layer of stones in the bottom of the container – this is for drainage
- Add a layer of soil about an inch thick
- Place your plants in the container and surround with more soil
- Place a thin layer of stones over the soil around the plants – it looks pretty and helps with moisture retention
- Et voila
As you can see, not all the cacti made it into the terrarium. Instead I found other small pots for them. I also planted some flowers I haven’t dealt with before. If those don’t go the way of the orchid – I will let you know. What I’m REALLY waiting for though are amaryllis and bulbs but it’s not time yet. Again with the waiting….
Have a blessed week