Been lurking on the plant I.D. Forum for awhile, but decided to get a subscription for access to all forums. I live just outside Seattle in Burien.
A little bit about me.
We bought a house last December, which came with a beautiful yard with lots a lovely mature plants and a lot of surprises this spring. Luckily the I.D. Forum gang has been able to help identify most of my mysteries, but not all. Still need a few to flower to confirm species.
I have lived in chicago land area, San Diego, and Seattle area now, all these different climate zones have given me a diverse knowledge of lots of plants. I was a florist for 9 years, and then worked at various nurseries for the last 6 years. I have never been to school for horticulture, I started gardening more with trial and error method. There are lots of things I still dont know about plants, but that's what books are for. Which leads me to my motto's. Your not stretching yourself as a gardener unless your killing plants! (stolen from a chachki at a craft fair) Whenever friends tell me they are a terrible gardener and they kill plants I tell them, trust me! I have killed more plants then you have ever even owned. Just keep trying, and call me when your stumped. I will help you figure out what you are doing wrong.
My Achilles heal is houseplants! I am getting better at not killing them, but I still compost 1-2 a year it seems. I have a heavy hand when it comes to watering and I'm working on it. I once killed a ficus tree, which I find mortifyingly embarrassing. We don't have to talk about that anymore though, LMAO.
I feel like I could go on forever about how much I love gardening, but I will stop myself for now and just share stories as they seem appropriate. Also, I am now a full time stay at home to a 20 month old. It's seems my main job in life now is to keep him from killing himself in the 100 ways I never thought possible. Fearless little boys (named Maddox) are a handful! Thankfully he loves helping mommy in the garden.
Please forgive any spelling or grammatical errors, there is a learning curve for The iPad which I have not yet conquered, and autocorrect is evil.
I look forward to gardening with everyone this year :)
Welcome HP, you will find this forum very forgiving, informative, and friendly. We share stories of success as well as failures. We occasionally meet up at some plant related event, and you are more than welcome to join in. I'm up north and work from home, so I tend to pop in and out sporadically during the day (no one to look over my shoulder and see I'm giving myself a plant-break). I'm close to retirement and still learning how to keep plants alive. I'm with you on the houseplants - my son recently left 6 in my care thinking it was a great idea...I don't think he is taking any of them back and I will likely just buy him replacements. Oopsie.
Welcome, too, Hydro. You will definitely enjoy this diverse group of gardeners. If you really want to get your feet wet with things, consider joining us on the 9th of July for a small get together. Here is the link:
Welcome, Hydro! I wish we lived closer to each other. I have a hard time meeting people close to my age (36) who are as passionate about gardening as I am...which is a bummer. Most of my friends have teeny teeny tiny yards, which was the tradeoff they made for large homes...so not much gardening for them, even though there is interest. I have 3 sons ages 2, 4, and 6. It is fun to involve them in gardening.
Another welcome, from across the water on Vashon Island. I have also done plenty of learning about gardening through trial and error. Lots of error and trial, with some success too. I figure every time a plant has met its demise, I just have additional reason to plant more plants and fill up the empty space.
Welcome HP from up around the Vancouver BC area! I also had gardening experience in Chicago-land, as well as Dallas, TX, and Syracuse, NY. Those other area experiences gave me plenty of opportunities to kill plants on a regular basis and it continues here! ;-)
Gwen and I are hostessing a get together at my house Sept 24 (the thread says Aug, but the date has been changed.) I really hope you can come. Dmail me and I can give you more information.
We live in South Prairie, with a Buckley address. We are about 30 minutes from Burien.
Hope you can attend. Bring your hubby, family, dog, whatever.