Plant Photo Shoot

Well, I officially suck at blogging. 

I started an MBA program this May (more on that later), and I started teaching this fall. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love both of those things, but adding them to my already 40-hours-per-week job means Sarah doesn’t get much free time anymore. And when I do, I sleep. A lot.

HOWEVER, I promised an update on my plant babies, so I’m here today with a belated photo shoot to share with you! I have been absolutely amazed at how…well…amazing the gardening experience is. If you’ll remember, when I began this project back around May, I was utterly convinced it was going to be a catastrophe. I’ve never been able to keep plants alive for an extended period of time, yet there I was, undertaking a complete balcony garden all at once.

Well, the story has a happy ending. Those plants are still kicking, largely thanks to nature (for watering them on the *kind of* rare occasion that I forget to, and they are still beautiful! Whenever I go out of town, I have my friend Lacee babysit them for me (sorry, Lacee), and I’ll even go so far as to ask her to send me pictures if I have any new buds while I’m gone. If you’re thinking that this sounds eerily similar to documenting baby’s first steps and are now questioning my sanity, let me save you the trouble…I am just as crazy as you think I am. I love my plants!

Not only do these beauties brighten up my balcony and my day without fail, but I have also thoroughly enjoyed using them! To recap, I have a cherry tomato plant that is FULL to bursting with gorgeous little tomatoes, as well as a lavender plant that makes great potpourri for sachets in sock drawers, shoe racks, and the bathroom. My cooking herbs–basil, oregano, parsley, sage, thyme, rosemary, lemon balm, mint, and dill–have only suffered one casualty (rosemary is done for), but I’m just telling myself that that plant was already struggling, since it died fairly soon after I bought and planted it. Otherwise, harvesting these herbs and sharing with friends has been so much fun! Even though the first frost is right around the corner and I will most likely have to finish harvesting this weekend, I will definitely repeat this process in the spring!

And, I may go ahead and fill my planter boxes with winter flowers to cheer myself up during colder weather (which I hate)! Stay posted for that update!

Now, without further ado, here are my plant babies, which may be the closest I ever come to having children. Enjoy.

Here's my happy little petunias!

Here’s my happy little petunias!

Vincas reaching for the sunshine

Vincas reaching for the sunshine

I love sage! Such a beautiful plant!

I love sage! Such a beautiful plant!

sage leaves = perfection

sage leaves = perfection

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Couldn't get the camera to focus on the lavender blossom. Fail.

Couldn’t get the camera to focus on the lavender blossom. Fail.

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This is my attempt at being artistic.

This is my attempt at being artistic.

Basil blooms, which apparently grow pretty tall! Who knew?

Basil blooms, which apparently grow pretty tall! Who knew?

More basil blooms and vincas

More basil blooms and vincas

Ok, this picture makes my plants look more scraggly than they actually appear (especially since I'd just watered them). Up close, they don't just look like a big jumble of stems, but this gives you the idea.

Ok, this picture makes my plants look more scraggly than they actually appear (especially since I’d just watered them). Up close, they don’t just look like a big jumble of stems, but this gives you the idea.

My tomato plant has long-reaching arms!

My tomato plant has long-reaching arms!

As my college roommate said when I proudly showed her a picture of my tomato babies, "They get red so fast!" LOLZ.

As my college roommate said when I proudly showed her a picture of my tomato babies, “They get red so fast!” LOLZ.

Just gardening in the sunshine!

Just gardening in the sunshine!

Until next time, friends!

sarah

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