“I Don’t Have a Green Thumb”

by | Updated: Dec 9, 2021

"But I don't have a green thumb"

Does this sound like how you feel about growing flowers?

“I’d like to grow flowers that are as pretty as my neighbors’ flowers, but I don’t have a green thumb.”

“My flowers look great when I buy them, but then a few weeks go by and they don’t look so good. They just don’t last that long.”

“I water my flowers, but it all seems to go south. I don’t understand what’s going on.”

Or as a friend of mine shared:

“If I can bring 2 children into this world and raise a puppy, surely I can grow a darn plant! What the heck?!”  🙂

There are days when growing flowers may leave you wanting to yell, “Whyyyyyyyy???” to Mama Nature.

(Oh, do I know.)

And it doesn’t help when you see gorgeous flowers overflowing from your neighbors’ flowerpots and gardens!

If any of this sounds familiar…

I want to let you in on a few secrets that seasoned gardeners don’t always want you to know:

  1. Even the most experienced gardeners have flowers die. It happens to everyone. It’s part of gardening. If they deny it, they’re full of… manure.
  2. People aren’t born with green thumbs — no matter what your gardening neighbors want you to believe.

You learn gardening skills, much like you learn how to play the clarinet or how to play a sport.

Some people learn the fundamentals when they’re young. Others learn gardening as adults.

We’re all on our own learning curve.

So, if you’d like to grow pretty flowers in containers this summer, but you’ve had mixed results in the past …

There are probably one of two things going on:

#1:  You may be missing a few puzzle pieces to growing flowers.

In particular, growing flowers in western states (like Colorado and Utah) is a bit different than other parts of the country.

If you had the missing puzzle pieces, you’d be much more likely to be successful.

Once you fill in those knowledge gaps, you’ll be in a MUCH better position to keep your flowers happy and alive.

If you are struggling with flowers, you may be missing some important puzzle pieces to growing flowers.

#2: You’re planting flowers that aren’t a great match for your personality.

For example, if you’re a low maintenance gal or guy, and you’re planting flowers that scream for your attention, there’s going to be a disconnect, right?

It helps to pick flowers that are going to set you up for success.

To help with both these things, check out the 2 resources below:


How to EASILY Avoid The Top 5 Mistakes in Flowerpot Gardening

Making small tweaks to what you’re doing can make a big impact with your flowers.

Think about learning how to drive a car. When you learned how to use your side and rear mirrors, you became a MUCH safer driver.

Small tweak. Big impact.

In this 5-day mini-training, you’ll discover small tweaks you can make, so you can easily avoid the top mistakes in flowerpot gardening. You’ll not only feel more confident in what you’re doing, but you’ll have the foundation for longer-lived flowers. Y-E-S!

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What Type of Flowerpot Gardener Are You?

Take this fun, short quiz to discover what type of personality you have when it comes to flowerpot gardening.

"What type of flowerpot gardener are you?"

You’ll get personalized suggestions for flowers based on your personality.

When you’re in sync with your gardening personality, it’s easier to pick flowers. Plus, flowerpot gardening becomes more relaxing and less taxing.

Take this fun quiz  >>

And if you’re thinking…

“Ann, the flowers in my containers look great, but growing flowers in the ground is another story,” I hear you. I’ll keep working on resources for you too.

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