Monday, March 5, 2012

Not Craft Related: I Got a Cactus!

I have never kept a plant alive for very long. I think my longest-lasting plant was a cactus I had in 2nd grade, because it was pretty hard to kill.

I decided that this year will be different. I will have basil aplenty on my balcony this summer, because nothing is better than pesto and buying fresh basil is expensive.

Yesterday I went to a nursery with my mom, who is very good at keeping plants alive. She got it from my grandpa, who has been an avid gardener since I can remember. I figured that the gardening genes must be somewhere in me too, so when my mom asked me to go to the nursery with her, I decided to give it another go.

They didn't have any regular basil plants, so we got some seeds. I don't think I've ever started a plant from a seed before, so I'm anxious to see it sprout. The other herb I got was a rosemary plant. I don't really know what to use it for except focaccia (I don't eat meat, which I know it's used for a lot), but I love bread so that's fine.

 My little starter balcony garden courtesy of my mom.

The last thing I got (which is actually the first thing I picked up at the nursery) is this cactus. I can't remember what it's called because I left the container it came in at my parents' and I can't figure it out by looking at pictures of cacti online. If you know what kind of cactus this is, please let me know!

I love the concrete planter! I didn't really love the price though... $14?! I must figure out how to make them.

I think it's the cutest cactus ever! I'm in love with the colors, so I'm going to try to duplicate them on yarn in the next few days.

Update: According to @knitterleigh, it's not technically a cactus, but a Sempervium succulent. I could have sworn the tag said it was a cactus. *facepalm*