The not-so-green thumb

EVERYTHING at our house is growing at the moment; well, all of the things that Matt takes care of, that is.
When moving in, our yard was completely bare, with only a few green patches dotted around the place.
To be fair, Matt has worked hard to beautify our backyard and has been watering the lawn and our vegie patch every night.
He has also been so organised with making sure to cut the grass at regular intervals.
This has resulted in almost a completely full back lawn, and a plant completely full of tomatoes.
In the midst of this garden growing boom, I thought if things could be working out so well for Matt, then it couldn’t be all that difficult to add some greenery inside.
I tripped to a nursery and purchased a handful of indoor plants, all of varying shapes and sizes.
At first, things were looking good, and I was feeling pretty satisfied that I could disregard Matt’s comments that I ‘should have bought fake ones’.
Three months down the track, here we are and I hate to admit it, but my indoor plant survival tally is looking pretty dismal.
At this point, I have one stayer, one hanging on by a thread, and two no longer resemble plants at all.
I have been scratching my head over this whole greenkeeping thing, and have tried moving the plants to various locations, watering more and watering less.
I honestly don’t know what I am doing wrong.
It has also made me start questioning if all of those stunning photos that people share online of their matching décor, inclusive of indoor plants, are at all real.
So it seems that, while my plants are dying, so too are the dreams of having a photograph-ready home.
Meanwhile, if anyone walked in wanting some images for a backyard inspiration magazine, then they would have arrived on the right doorstep.
I hate to admit it, but at this point I am thinking it might be time to admit defeat, and give in to only having fake plants inside.
That is, unless any of you have some tips for me?
Until next week, keep your glasses full.
Cheers x


Growing up in Roseworthy and attending Kapunda High School, Laura joins The Bunyip in June, 2016 whilst completing the final year of a double degree in Journalism and International Relations at University of SA. This is Laura's first role as a Journalist following a stint at Gawler Council in the Communications Department. She will cover the news in the Playford and Mallala council regions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys anything health and well-being related, and can be regularly seen shopping for fresh, healthy produce at local markets.

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