Eight weeks. That’s how long we have till my baby sister gets hitched at our house.
Eight weeks. That’s how long we have to fix…well…everything and make it look decently presentable for all of our family and friends.
Eight weeks. That’s precious little time when you factor in a complete basement overhaul and very little money in the renovation fund.
And that my friends is why I was royally ticked off when the newly planted holly bushes that flanked our front steps went from this:
Green and full of life…kinda like a Leonardo DiCaprio of shrubs…
Now it resembles a different celebrity….I’ll give you two guesses…her drink of choice is eyeliner, tatoos and music and her name starts with AmyWinehouse. Bless her little heart.
Royally bummed. And so before I made Jeremy dig the two shrubs outta the ground so that I could hurl them into the faces of the nursery people, I decided that I should wait till they really die…not just partially die. Name that movie.
Well, not Superman but close to it – Black&Decker. They offered me a freebie to review and let me tell ya…it couldn’t have come at a better time for this black-thumber.
It’s called PlantSmart. And it’s for the Plant-not-so-smart. It’s really very easy…you can use this little fakeroonie flower tool to collect data the about how you are slowly killing your expensive shrubbery. They like to say it’s for choosing the right plants for that specific area…but for me I like to know what kinda assault I have on plants.
In my case, I chose to monitor a specific plant. I plugged the bad boy right there next to my holly and let her rip.
About a week later, I de-planted the tool & plugged it into my computer. I found out exactly what to do (and what not to do). The read-outs were my favorite part…
You can see everything from water, sunlight, temperature…
And I learned that I am not watering the holly enough. Why do I say that when the Soil Moisture Data clearly shows that my holly is mostly moist? Well…basically I watered the plant everyday while I monitered the sucker…and you can see that it was just getting the amount desired. Whereas before it was monitored, I failed to water it at all.
My bad holly. My bad.
I also learned that my holly bush will especially need extra water – since it is okay in my zone (but just barely – I’m in a 7b zone) so water will really help it resucitate to it’s former glory.
I also got to see some other recommendations for my zone…and I can narrow it down to be super-specific.
Basically it takes all the brain-work out of gardening. I love it…especially since I have precious little time to decide what goes where in my yard. EIGHT WEEKS!
Oh and just to be official about it…I highly recommend this little PlantSmart tool…and I am very grateful to Black & Decker for letting a little country stay at home mom give it a whirl.
UPDATE: Just got the bad news about Amy Winehouse. Thanks to you who filled this ill-timed jokester in on the news of her passing. I like teasing those whom I loved…and Amy was definitely one of my favs. And my deepest condolences to her friends and family…I’m sure you knew a different Amy than the general public did.