Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Not So Rosy

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view. ~H. Fred Dale

So, I put my roses out in front of my house (in their pots) where I figured I'd be planting them, just to see how they'd do.

They didn't do well.

Those of you on Facebook already know: the petals on the flowers turned black. They cooked.

Here's the thing that I can never seem to emphasize enough to flower nursery workers: my house doesn't just have full sun all day. It has full sun that reflects off my nearly white vinyl siding that acts like a magnifier. If it's 90 outside (like yesterday), it's probably 120 in the garden in front of my house. I'm not exaggerating, and no matter how many times I tell the folks at the nursery that, they never quite seem to understand.

So... roses may be full sun plants, but their flowers can't hack the heat, so they're getting out of the oven and back to the store.

Yes, I'm a bit sad, but no point in keeping them if they aren't going to survive.

Maybe I'll just plant more echinacea (coneflower). It really seems to like it there.


Speaking of Facebook, here's something that made me crack up:


I tried writing yesterday. I had a little bit of time where I didn't *have* to do anything, so opened up "Now and Forever". And stared at it. I knew where I wanted it to go, but nothing would move from my brain to my fingers. Anything I forced sounded...forced.

So, I'm going to do what I did with all my completed stories (save one): write it out of order.

Yep. I'm going to write the scenes that I have bouncing around in my head that happen further down the road. Hopefully, as those get written, it'll loosen up whatever is blocking the current scene. Maybe that scene isn't necessary or isn't happening the way it should and my subconscious knows this. Regardless, I need to get some words down, and since I have a pile of scenes already brainstormed (including the end) I think it'll work. It always has before.


Your Creative Power is Your Logic

You're the type of person who is great at execution. You don't just dream about ideas - you make them happen!

You are idealistic and determined, but you are also a realist. You only undertake projects you're pretty sure you can finish.

You are a natural problem solver, and you actually think better when you're being challenged.

You do best when you work by yourself or when you're in charge. You ideas are big, dramatic, and the best.

Actually.... um... that's right on.

Sometimes these quizzes really freak me out. Just saying.



Dru said...

Sorry about your rose bush. Will the store take it back after what the sun did to it?

Good luck with your story. Perhaps after you write that scene, the others will follow.

re quiz: My creative power is my logic. It is 80% accurate.

Have a good Wednesday.

Marianne Arkins said...

Dru, thankfully there is a one year guarantee on anything I buy there ... you can bring it back dead or alive, and they'll take it. It's one of the reasons I shop there :-)

Ceri Hebert said...

That Facebook video was perfect! I especially liked the old Myspace guy at the end.

Sorry about your roses.

Good luck with the writing. I'm knee deep (soon to be eyeball deep) in editing my Sapphire Blue story that I can't work on anything else. *sigh*

have a great day!!

MomJane said...

I'm really sorry about the roses. Loved the video. I am somewhere in between the facebook guy and the old guy in the hallway.

Your Creative Power is Your Intuition
You just seem to have a knack for knowing what's going to work.
You can't really explain your creative process. You just get started, and magic happens.

You have a lot of endurance, and you're a hard worker. Once you get focused on a project, you don't stop.
You are a trendsetter, and you seem to understand what people love. You are very forward thinking.

Ummmmm. Partly true, except for the last part.

J.A. Saare said...

I've never written out of order but it sounds like a plan! ;)

Brandy said...

Sorry to hear about the roses. If writing out of order works for you, then it sounds like the best thing for you.
I hope you have a lovely day!

Tori Lennox said...

That's a shame about the roses. Their color really popped. As I was reading this post, I was thinking "desert landscaping!" but that probably wouldn't survive your winters. :)

Maria Zannini said...

That Facebook video is exactly why I haven't joined. --but I'm weakening.

I'm waiting to hear what they're new and improved privacy changes will be.

Ref: roses
Man, it really is hot there if you can burn roses. Maybe try salvia or pentas. My lantana does good in hot sun too.