November 25, 2009
The day I shuffle off the mortal coil, I may be remembered for a number of things, but my green thumb will not be one of them.
You see, I am a known plant killer; coming second only to Isopropylamine Salt of Glyphosate (my rival, Roundup).
But please don't get me wrong. I am not a malicious person: I love plants.
For example, I dote on the beautiful hydrangea bushes dotted around our garden. They were established plants when we moved in and I have tried very hard not to cut their lives short. I have learnt how to prune and nourish them in winter and protect them in our harsh summers.
Every now and then I try and do a little reading to learn more.
This week, I discovered that hydrangeas need aluminum in the soil to produce blue pigment. But importantly, in order to take up the aluminium, they also need the soil to be acidic.
If the soil is too alkaline or there is not enough aluminium then the flowers will be pink.
Which is puzzling. Because apparently one of our plants is doing both.
One day my epitaph will read:
Here lies Hoppo Bumpo.
Even when she got things right,
they were still a little bit wrong.
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