Saturday, April 18, 2015

A to Z: P is for Plants

To know me is to know i don't do well with plants.

Don't misunderstand, i love plants, especially those that flower or that grow nice things for me to eat.

It's just that i can kill any plant, except maybe weeds and crab grass.  Those will grow for me.

My black thumb is legendary, i have killed silk houseplants.  If a plant knows i'm going to own it, it usually commits suicide.  Sometimes the cats help it do so.

If i tried to grow some nice herbs in a kitchen window box as some people do, it would have to be called death row.

So it is with trepidation that i introduce the plant that was being given away at Sweetie's work and which he brought home to me.

It eve has flowers!

Take a good look, it will never be the same again.  No, i don't even know what kind it is, and i keep looking askance at it wondering if it will wilt or explode at my touch.

Poor doomed thing, i've been told that whatever it is, i can plant it outdoors.  If i do, Mike Next Door will run over it with the lawn mower, i am sure.

Anybody want to adopt it?

Today is

Adult Autism Awarenes Day -- sponsored by; i know the poster child!

Army Day -- Iran (Rouz-e-Artesh)

Banyan Tree Birthday Party -- Lahaina, Maui, Hawai'i (celebrating the "birthday" of Lahaina's most important landmark, their banyan tree planted back in 1973, which now covers over 2/3 of an acre; cake, nature displays, kid activities, history exhibits and more, through tomorrow)

California Poppy Festival -- Lancaster, CA, US (two fun days celebrating California's State Flower)

Cleaning for a Reason Week begins -- raising awareness of Cleaning For A Reason, which helps provide free residential cleaning to women fighting cancer 

Festival of Matsu/Mazu -- Southern China and Taiwan (Taoist goddess of the sea who protects fishermen and sailors; often worshiped in sea-faring areas surrounding China as well, although some local dates will vary; in Taichung City, the festival lasts through Sunday)

Georgia Renaissance Spring Festival -- Atlanta, GA, US (weekends through June 7)

Goddess Month of Maia begins

Hatsume Fair -- Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden, Delray Beach, FL, US (celebrating the culture and beauty of Japan; through tomorrow)

Historic Garden Week in Virginia -- VA, US (enjoying some of Virginia's finest homes and gardens)

Husband Appreciation Day

Independence Day -- Zimbabwe(1980)

International Amateur Radio Day/World Amateur Radio Day -- celebrating "ham radio" around the world ARRl

International Day for Monuments and Sites -- UNESCO

Invention Day -- Japan

Kentucky Derby Festival -- Louisville, KY, US (the warm-up celebration for the big race, much of which is free; through May 1)

Laundromat Day -- the first self-service "washateria" opened on this date in 1934 in Fort Worth, TX, US

Look-Alike Day -- internet generated, a day to try to look like someone you admire; some sites list it on the 20th

Mata Tirtha Aunsi -- Nepal (Mother's Day)

National Animal Cracker Day

National Auctioneers Day -- US (recognizing the contribution of auctioneers to American commerce)

Newspaper Columnists' Day -- The National Society of Newspaper Columnists in honor of the anniversary of the death of Ernie Pyle

Pet Owners Independence Day -- the day to let your pet do the work and chores while you lie around and enjoy having only the responsibilies of your pet; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Record Store Day -- celebrated by independent record stores everywhere, find one near you 
Sleep Apnea Awareness Day -- information about this life-threatening condition is here 

Smile Big and Say Hi for No Particular Reason Day -- if some site gave the reason for this, it would defeat the purpose

Spinach Festival -- Alma, AR, US (celebrating one of my favorite greens with music, food, crafts, carnival and more)

St. Agapitus Day (Patron of Palestrina, Italy; against colic)

St. Agia's Day (Patron against lawsuits)

"Third World" Day -- the phrase was first used on this date in 1955

Ushibuka Haiya Matsuri -- Furukawa, Japan (one of the liveliest dance festivals, with elements of dance styles from around the country; through the 20th)

World's Biggest Fish Fry -- Paris, TN, US (parades, auto shows, arts and crafts, and of course, all-you-can-eat catfish dinner; through the 25th)

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Anniversaries Today:

The University of Alabama is founded, 1831

Birthdays Today:

America Ferrara, 1984
Cheryl Ann Haworth, 1983
Melissa Joan Hart, 1976
Eli Roth, 1972
David Tennant, 1971
Maria Bello, 1967
Conan O'Brien, 1963
Eric McCormack, 1963
Jane Leeves, 1961
Eric Roberts, 1956
John James, 1956
John Pankow, 1954
Rick Moranis, 1954
Dorothy Lyman, 1947
James Woods, 1947
Hayley Mills, 1946
Robert Hooks, 1937
Barbara Hale, 1921
Leopold Stokowski, 1882
Samuel Earl "Wahoo Sam" Crawford, 1880
Clarence Darrow, 1857
Lucrezia Borgia, 1480

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Beauty and the Beast"(Musical), 1994
"Real People"(TV), 1979
"Call Me Mister"(Musical), 1946

Today in History:

Boleslaw Chrobry is crowned the first king of Poland, 1025
The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid, 1506
The Real Academia de la Historia (Royal Academy of History) is founded in Madrid, 1738
The British advancement by sea begins; Paul Revere and William Dawes, upon seeing two lanterns in the church steeple, set out to warn that "The British are coming!" 1775
Fighting ceases in the American Revolutionary War, eight years to the day after it began, 1783
Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico, 1881
The St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria, 1899
Denmark becomes the first country to formally adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals, 1902
Quetzaltenango, second largest city of Guatemala, is destroyed by an earthquake, 1902
The Great San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
The Los Angeles Times story on the Azusa Street Revival launches Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement, 1906
The RMS Carpathia brings the Titanic survivors to NYC, 1912
"The House that Ruth Built," Yankee Stadium, opens, 1923
Simon and Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book, 1924
The first "washateria" (laundromat) opens, in Ft. Worth, Texas, 1934
The League of Nations is formally dissolved, 1949
29 nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference., 1955
A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum, 1958
The Republic of Zimbabwe is officially established with the swearing in of Canaan Banana as its first President, 1980
The Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings, from the Triple-A International League, begin the longest game in professional baseball history, 33 innings, 1981
The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision, 2007
Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f, two planets resembling planet Earth are discovered revolving around the star Kepler-62 in the habitable zone, an area around the stars whose atmospheric pressure can suport liquid water at the surface, 2013


  1. I have the same problem. Try as I may it seems plants need constant care. I tend to neglect.

  2. i believe that's a geranium. good luck!

  3. too bad we don't live closer ...I'd run right over and rescue your geranium! Have a fabulous day!

  4. You are probably over watering. That's usually what happens, that or you forget to water at all. Plants don't like that either. Bless your heart.

    Have a fabulous day honey. :)

  5. Like you, I also have a black thumb. Plants who don't want to live anymore turn up on my doorstep.

  6. Oh my...we have a lot in common, Mimi. Though I do a lot of critter rescue, bottle feeding, etc., I also have a black thumb. It is almost a crime the way I kill plants. I can keep flowers in baskets, outside, in the summer...that is it. Bill has a very, very green thumb. But he cannot bottle feed a critter! Ha. We each have our gifts, right?

  7. I've found that if you water indoor plants once a week and outdoor plants daily in the summer, they live. I only have one cat, though. Perhaps if I had more, I'd kill plants?