I have always recognized that I do not have a green thumb. Though I love plants and have taken cared quite a number of them in the past, plants don’t love me back. My relatives can attest that I have purchased countless number of plants in the past, but all chose to breathe their last breath and declined to settle with me in my condo unit. I sometimes correlate my relations to plants as a form of unrequited love!
When I and my family would go out of town, I would often suggest to stop at a garden store by a roadside before heading back to Manila for I want to acquire new greens. “Are you looking for a new victim?” or “You’re just wasting some bucks” are the usual remarks of my relatives when I would suggest my buying new plants.
I have always thought that I would make a good gardener because I had an A+ grade in my Botany subjects during my old school days and would even had the time and fortitude of talking to these plants. But all these photosynthetic members of the Kingdom Plantae refuse to live with me. My relatives has even tagged me as having the black thumb or even worse the black-kiss-of-death thumb!
Owning and taking care of plants here in Manila is the new craze. Like me, this has been some of people’s emotional outlet or thing to do and be busy of indoors during this time of quarantining and pandemic.
This has been evidenced by the steady increase in the number of social media posts of people posing behind, in front or beside their happy and healthy plants! People call these plant-fanatics and shrub-obsessed folks as Plantitas (for female) and Plantitos (for male) of Manila.
In my recent out of town adventure, I again purchased a new batch of plants to enjoy and take care of. I hope these creatures are as glad as I am. I am really hoping that this new batch will live a long life and would finally erase my being a black thumb.
But if these plants chose to reject me and die instead, I will still care for one and would just have to melodramatically remind myself that old warriors may have to fight a long battle more than once to win it. And if one zany plant would finally decide to settle it out with me, I will call myself a Plantito who would be smiling while sharing social media pictures with it.
Looking forward to having photos with these new plants!