Brown Thumbs and Green Intentions

If you stick around for long you will know that I have the brownest of thumbs. My husband tells me it is because I don’t water or weed, but that is untrue – sort of. I have great intentions with houseplants, flower beds, gardens, but they all end up the same way unless I have help.

This is the year! I am going to make something grow, bloom, and flourish all by myself. I would love to make some major changes to our yard, make it prettier, with native plants, and attractive to butterflies and even bees. But first, I am going to start smallish and not take on too much. I have big dreams of a big garden and I am going to make sure I have a small one live first.

Since it has been a couple of weeks since our last snow, I think I am ready to start digging in the soil, even if I have to manage with my cane. Now what to plant?

Native Plants

Western Columbine

Western Columbine[1. photo credit: Peter Stevens]


Lupine[2. photo credit: Dan Hershman]

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Arrowleaf Balsamroot[3. photo credit: Matt Lavin]

Native Plant Resources To Get You Started

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Plant Native


What are you getting started in your gardens? If you have any suggestions for how to incorporate native plants, please share! 

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Brown Thumbs and Green Intentions — 7 Comments

  1. What a great idea to focus on native plants! That should reduce your watering needs, and your environmental footprint. And your disappointment over having a brown thumb! :)

    I’ll just tell you what I tell every aspiring gardener, myself included: All gardening is experimentation. You can’t fail just because plants don’t make it; you’re just collecting new data for the next time.
    Lauren @ Hobo Mama recently posted..Could your straight hair be wavy?

    • I hope the move to native plants goes smoothly. I have a lot of ivy (seriously, who thought that was a good idea?) to rip up, although I am hoping to bribe, er pay, the boys to do it.

      I love that I haven’t failed, just learned more for next time!

  2. Well, first of all, PUT DOWN THAT SHOVEL! You don’t have to dig. Just use lasagna gardening. You can find it on my blog. It’s easy as pie. Just layer newspaper, yard debris, manure, topsoil — wetting between each layer — and you’ll have all the beautiful gardens you want. That’s how God does it, too (except, for the newspaper!). You’ll have wonderful gardens over any kind of soil — and, you don’t have to remove grass, or anything. Have fun.
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