Why a ‘brown thumb’, you ask? Well, I definitely don’t have a green thumb, but I like to
delude myself think that I don’t have a black thumb. So I say ‘brown thumb’ and mean that I’m a mediocre plant caretaker.
Take this rose plant as an example. I saw it in the grocery store around Valentine’s Day and decided to get one and take it to work to brighten up my desk. There’s just one problem… I don’t have an outside window at work. I face the hallway so the plant would only get artificial light. Which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, as long as it GOT said light. I really should have taken it home on the weekend, instead of leaving it in the dark for those 2 days. When I returned on Monday it was a sad little plant, flowers dropping, leaves wilting. In other words, not good.
I don’t have a ‘before’ picture, but here’s what it looked like after I brought it home and trimmed the dead stuff and put it in a larger pot with good potting soil. This is now the ‘before’ picture as I attempt to nurse it back to health.
March 18, 2012 – re-potted
1/125 sec at f/4.5, ISO 200 – Sony a55
April 21, 2012 – fungal pot-mates showing up
1/80 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800 – Sony a55
April 28, 2012 – looking better!
1/320 sec at f/5.0, ISO 100 – Sony a55
1/250 sec at f/4.5, ISO 100 – Sony a55 w/macro lens