Fast forward several years and I got a PDA. Dang, that was the best thing ever invented. Now I had something that flashed at me every 5 days reminding me to check my poor plants. Wonderful. I started doing better. Not good, mind you, but better. Of course that morphed into an app on my phone, but it still comes up on my to-do list every 5 days and I ended up with a handful of plants that actually looked OK.
Outside is another story. I've always hated the heat so even if I put something on my to-do list every other day, I'm sure I would find some excuse not to water. Luckily DH is phenomenal (anal retentive?) about that and keeps our outside plants looking attractive.
Last year I got smart and decided to make a miniature garden/greenhouse. Those flowers always look fantastic and I NEVER have to water them! Win-win!
But I was so excited by my garden window when we redid the kitchen. It was gorgeous and plenty large enough to keep a wide assortment of plants close at hand so I could remember to water them. I decided to give houseplants another go. I even foolishly got a seed starter kit for herbs. After a few weeks this is what I had growing.
Wow. Talk about dismal. (Oh and check out the poor daisy behind the herbs ... deader than the proverbial door nail!)
So I did what any self respecting home owner would do. I went out and bought replacement herbs. Hey, at least they look healthy now.
OK, I might have cheated a bit and bought a few other plants as well.
The garden window looks great and there will be a few spares when they start getting neglected.
Maybe I should stick to miniature flowers. I can't kill those!