Killing Thyme


Country MoonThere are just some things in life that don't make any sense and probably never will. The curious creatures that we are, those little things stay in the back of our minds and crop up from time to time. One of those oddities that I have never been able to figure out is how can someone (like me) be a reasonably successful gardener and yet do so badly with my house plants?

Having healthy house plants has always been a challenge for me but it was brought front and center recently. My friend Steph was over and, among her other talents, she is a florist.

I have always wanted to raise my own fresh herbs so I got in on the end of the season this year with some thyme and rosemary. Her eye caught them in their pots on the windowsill as she passed by and she exclaimed, "You're killing thyme, no one can kill thyme!"

Now, seriously, just the day before when I watered it, my thyme looked good but, I have to admit, that today it didn't look so healthy. As a matter of fact, it did look like it had seen its better days and was on the way out.

How does this happen so fast? Then she added, "Well, no one kills thyme, well maybe..."

OK, OK, house plants aren't my niche. I do everything I am supposed to do. I give my plants ample water, not too much and not too little. I give them either direct or indirect sunlight, whichever the variety prefers.

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