Monday, July 26, 2010

Day 15

This last weekend was unusually warm in the Pacific Northwest and everyone seemed to take advantage of the nice weather. Including my lovely plants.

This is the scene I walked into this morning at my desk:

I *may* have kept the blinds open all weekend to leave my lovelies in the scorching sun.


I practically soaked them with water first thing this morning and they're doing much better!  I've been keeping a close watch on Harry, Sally, and Betty and things started to look up around Noon.

What's goin' on little guy?

Friday, July 23, 2010

When Harry Met Sally

,This is Harry.

Harry is a sweet basil plant that I found standing on the corner outside of Fred Meyer.  Harry is such a hoodlum.

This is when Harry met Sally.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 8

Well, I haven't killed Betty and Sally yet. Actually, I left them on Friday to fend for themselves over the weekend and when I came back this morning they grew!  By a lot!

OK, truth be told that I forgot about them over the weekend but when my cubie came back from DC and mentioned it this morning I was surprised to see them. Alive! HALLELUJAH!

I did forget plant food but that is on my list of purchases for this week.  And possibly a bigger pot.
Look at these blooms! If things go well I'm going to get quite a few tomatoes. Knock on wood.

Here's my design-blog pic of the day.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Change of Plans

OK, so the second day of cold weather made me worry about the longevity of Betty and Sally.

So we made a road trip.

Now they are sitting on the window sill in my desk area soaking up the sun.

Oh, I wonder what my cube-mate is going to say when she gets back from Washington DC next week....

Monday, July 12, 2010

Oh Seattle, You're Working Against Me

You know, I'm actually really interested in keeping Betty and Sally alive.  I've been thinking about gardening for the past six months, give or take, but I always chalk up my lack of participation to "oh my apartment doesn't get good sunlight," or "it costs way too much to start a garden." 

With my cheap purchase of tomato plants yesterday, I thought this was my chance to get a jump start on gardening.  I know I'm really late to the game this year but I figure everything I learn about keeping plants alive will help for the years to come.

One thing I've learned in the last 24 hours is that tomato plants thrive in warm, sunny locations.  OK, both of those adjectives do not describe Seattle in the slightest.  Anyone from Seattle who just saw that first sentence silently chuckled to themselves.  But hey, the weather in our area was in the mid-80s to low 90s all last week so I thought that maybe I *might* have a chance.

Yeah, that chance lasted only a few hours when around 10pm last night it turned cloudy and started raining.  Ten hours later the rain has let up a bit but the clouds are looking like they might be here to stay.  Oy.

Now I'm looking into the best way to grow tomato plants indoors and it might not be as complicated as it seems.  There's a possibility I have almost everything I need to bring in my lovelies from out in the cold but I'll have to keep you updated on that.

Betty and Sally had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they met me.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tomato Plants

Today I bought two tomato plants at the Fremont Sunday Market.

Lucky thinks they'll be dead in two months.

To be perfectly honest I can't necessarily rule out that possibility but I'll try my hardest to keep them alive. I've got a gardening expert coming out next weekend cough mom cough so I might learn a thing or two.

The left one is named Betty and the right one is named Sally.