People who know me well know that I don’t have a green thumb. I think my thumb turned black sometime when I went back to work after Sophie was born. There was not enough time in the day to give attention to the plants. Unless it was a cactus, a houseplant wouldn’t survive in my house past 6 months. Now that I am here in Beijing with some time on my hands, I decided that we should get some plants. We went to the Flower Market last week to purchase some hanging pots for our front gates. The market was indoors, and in addition to plants, also sold aquarium fish, turtles, fountains, and random other items, such as bamboo computer keyboards. The flowers and bonsai were gorgeous and we had so much fun walking around looking at everything for sale.
When we got home I realized that we would need 1-2 additional flowering plants for our hanging pots. The next day, during Sophie’s Mandarin lesson, Hollis and I walked out to the main road outside our subdivision, where a flower seller has set up permanently. I knew she carried the same type of plant and I had my eye on this gorgeous taller shrub with purple leaves. It was time to pull out the Pleco Dictionary app on the phone. I managed to convey to the woman that I wanted her to deliver the purple plant to my home. “Ok” she says, and loads it onto her bike cart to bring it “right now”. Hollis and I walk on the sidewalk, and she follows us on the road. We have to give her access to our subdivision, as it has security gates. When we get home, the flower seller places the plants where I want them, pots the flowers, and waters them. Mission accomplished!
Our other “challenge” is in our back patio. We have a small plot of dirt in the middle of our paver stones. My original idea was to order a load of river stones to cover the dirt and then the girls could play there and set up a rock garden. (We had lots of fun playing in Uncle Andre’s rock garden in NM!) However, when I called the landlord rep, she said, “no, grass would be better”. “Who will cut the grass?” I asked. “We will send the gardener to cut it once a week.” She replied.
She arranged for gardeners to come yesterday. I wondered if they would show up with seed or sod. They tilled the dirt and tossed seed and watered it. They left a hose here, and I have no idea if they are coming back to check on the seed. Does grass even grow in July? I wonder how they will cut the grass? There isn’t a back entrance to my patio…they need to walk through my house. Probably a scythe.
I would say that I got things DONE this week!
Random question for my readers…any advice on using the French Press? Our brew is a little weak. I plan to purchase ground beans from Starbucks this weekend, where I think they can grind them appropriately for a press. Any other suggestions?