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Need a healthy plant killed? I can do it

East Bernard Express of East Bernard, Texas

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I was out for an early evening run Tuesday and noticed several of my neighbors bringing in their outdoor plants, in anticipation of the next polar vortex.

It occurred to me then that I really should have placed my outdoor potted plants in the garage before that last blast of arctic air hit Texas. Since I didn't, there's really no need to worry about them this time. They're already dead.

As are most of the plants in my flower beds that I never took the time to cover and insulate from the freeze a few weeks ago.

Honestly though, it was only a matter of time. I've never claimed to have a green thumb. My children refer to me as the plant murderer. When I come home with new plants, they actually feel sorry for the plants because they know what fate awaits the vibrant, green, thriving, living things.

It's not premeditated. I always start out with the best of intentions. I will care for those plants so attentively in the beginning. I make sure they have the right amount of water, sprinkle a little miracle grow, clip off the dead flowers or leaves. Inevitably, a few weeks into my new-found love for this beautiful flower or shrub, life gets in the way and other things take precedence.

Like a track meet, softball practice, a graduation or a wedding. Sometimes it's only laundry and groceries, but something interrupts my routine of checking on my plants. Once out of the habit, the cycle of death continues.

I could have brought my plants in from the cold. There's only two or three, so it's not like it would have taken much time. But then I probably would have forgotten about them in the garage and the end result would have been the same.

On the off chance I had remembered to rescue the plants from the garage, I'd just be hauling them back there this week. Just seems like a lot of trouble.

Besides, the way I look at it, somebody has to support the lawn and garden centers. I'm just trying to do my part to keep the economy heading in the right direction.

Tricia Potts, a mother of four, is a homemaker and newspaper columnist living in East Bernard.

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Original Publication Date: January 23, 2014

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