I Must Confess…Garden Karma is a Bitch

Hi there folks. Ready for another week of confession fun?

The prompt for this week is tales from your school days but as you can tell, I’m making a different confession today. I recently made a confession recalling my school days and I really couldn’t add much more to that one so I have decided to share something different with you instead.

I have to confess, first off, that I am a lazy gardener. I like the idea of gardening. I love selecting plants and appreciating their beauty. I enjoy surveying my domain.


I don’t jump at the chance of gardening. I tend to put off weeding. Watering usually happens whenever plants look particularly wilted. And I don’t recall ever using fertiliser or being proactive at all in the garden.

I am definitely a lazy gardener.

Which brings me to my next confession. I lied to my own mother.

Let’s set the scene. A few weeks ago my mother (a very keen and knowledgeable gardener) sent me home with twelve Clivia plants for me to add to our back garden.


Clivias – image source

At the time I was suffering from my week-long gastro attack so I didn’t plant them right away. Once I recovered I was then distracted with the demands of everyday life. Weeks went by and there they remained in the water-filled container they were sent home in.

I talked to Mum a few times and she asked me how they were going. At first I was truthful and said I hadn’t got around to planting them. Then, as they continued to sit unplanted on my back veranda I felt under pressure to say that I had planted them. Hence the lie. Sorry Mum.

Which brings me to my final confession. My garden knows that I’m a lazy gardener and punished me for my negligence yesterday. I have to confess I actually received a karma bitchslap from my own garden!

As we are hosting two birthday soirees over the next couple of weekends I knew that this weekend just gone represented my last chance to undertake some backyard maintenance beforehand.

So I knuckled down and weeded, swept, watered, planted and tidied up the front and back yards.

I cleared a full green waste’s worth of weeds. I planted those twelve Clivias, along with twenty odd Agaves and another four succulent groundcovers. Our lawns received love that they have never received before. And the back patio areas look a million dollars now they are leaf free.

Instead of thanking me for my attention, the garden instead rewarded me with the following:

  • numerous cuts to my hands
  • a gash to my foot
  • a green ant bite to my thigh (God that hurt for hours)
  • a bruised foot from falling off a retaining wall
  • sunburn to my face and back of my neck
  • dirtied nails and cuticles that as yet still look unclean
  • itchy patches over my legs and arms

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My poor damaged hands…

While I look a little worse for wear, the garden looks the best it has done since we moved in.

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The retaining wall responsible for my current bruised and throbbing foot!

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Two of the twenty-odd Agaves plated during my gardening odyssey…

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The flowering succulent groundcover that Delilah picked out at Bunnings.

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Yes, photographic proof that I did eventually plant my Clivias!

So I will nurse my wounds while doing what I most enjoy – surveying my newly maintained domain!

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33 Responses

  1. LOL sounds like MY gardening misadventures! But the results are so satisfying. Nothing like a cuppa or a cold bevvie while you survey your garden domain 🙂
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  2. I must confess that garden karma will never get me because I never garden! I am a shocker, can’t even keep potted plants alive 🙁
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  3. Me says:

    I have to confess that I am not much of a gardener either – in fact I don’t do the garden at all – unless I feel particularly bad about A doing it all by himself !!!!
    We are going to have to get stuck into it because, at some point, we are going to have to put it on the market if we want acerage, and then I will have had to put in a lot of work to get it up to ‘For Sale’ standards !!!
    I hope you injuries recover sooner rather than later !!!
    Have the best week !
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Me – I’ll be fine, I just have to find a way to keep it up rather than having to play catch up all the time… Good luck with your gardening efforts too!

  4. I’m a pretty bad gardening myself, no injuries as such unless you include all the dead plants.
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    • Kirsty says:

      I’ve had my fair share of those too – it’s a miracle the existing garden here hasn’t had more casualties so far 🙂

  5. Rita says:

    Kirsty, I’m such a lazy gardener! I have now a lovely front yard where there are roses and African daisies. My neighbors often ask me what do I do to have such a lovely garden. But, seriously, I do nothing other than watering the flowers once a while! In the backyard, I have a very small area where there are some tomatoes and zucchinis. And the end of the summer, it’s very neglected!
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    • Kirsty says:

      I’ve learned to stick to hardy plants – plants that can take my usual lack of care! Glad you’ve found the right combination of plants to suit you too Rita!

  6. I have been growing Brisbane’s most pathetic tomato plant for several months. It bore two fruit, which recently were coaxed into developing a reddish tinge. Hurrah!

    Alas, over the weekend, a possum somehow penetrated the chastity belt of mesh that was defending the tomato plant’s honour. Now, we just have a pathetic tomato plant with no tomato plants on it.

    You are doing much better than me with this gardening lark!
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    • Kirsty says:

      Well, I have two plants that I can’t even identify. We know they are some sort of fruit but until they start actually bearing fruit we won’t know what they are. At least you know you had a tomato plant before it’s honour was taken away!

  7. I feel so sorry for my mum, she must be appalled at how useless I am. BUT in my defence, it’s WAY harder to grow things in SE Qld than it is in NZ where it’s always wet and things grow! You must buy gardening gloves for next time sweetness. It looks great BTW xx
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    • Kirsty says:

      Gloves would be a sensible idea, wouldn’t they? I just charge right in and do stuff without thinking – perhaps it’s my way of just getting it over and done with!

  8. Wow, Kirsty. You’ve done a great job. I must confess to being a lazy gardener too. Yet I hate looking outside and seeing what I see. Sporadically I get the urge, and my hands end up looking like yours, but the results are always worth it. Now if only I could keep on top of it to avoid starting again… but I never learn.
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  9. Glad to hear I’m not the only one who lies to her Mummy about planting. At least they didn’t die before you got them in – that would have been a distinct possibility around here! 🙂
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    • Kirsty says:

      My poor clivias are looking a little brown now, it appears the warm weather has not been kind to them. I just have to keep them living until the weekend when my mum is coming for a visit – c’mon Clivias!

  10. Mandy says:

    I used to love gardening, but then my husband would come in and critique everything I’d done, I was so over it, I don’t touch it now. you’ve done a good done, pity about the tired looking hands.
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    • Kirsty says:

      The hands have healed but I’ll be heading back out to the garden again soon just to avoid the saga of last time – maintenance is not my forte!

  11. Kate says:

    Well done, your garden looks great and I’m sure that will last a lot longer than the cuts and bruises! My garden to do list is so long and the longer I leave it the worse it gets! Thanks for the motivation, this weekend might be just the time to get started!
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  12. I am a totally lazy gardener too. Gardening is just so much better in theory than it is in practice.

    • Kirsty says:

      I feel a great sense of satisfaction when it’s all done but that doesn’t make me love it much when I’m forced to go out there and do it in the first place! So much better in theory than in practice!

  13. Kerry-Anne says:

    I love the look of a great garden but lack motivation to create it or upkeep it.And, from your blog it just shows the dangerous hobby it really is 🙂
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  14. Maxabella says:

    This explains why this keen-but-lazy gardener always gets injured the minute I pull on a pair of gardening gloves!! x
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  15. Ah what memories this post must have brought back. How is the garden now? If I know the way things just take off, I reckon they must be ok! Thanks for linking up today for Life This Week. Denyse

    • Kirsty says:

      Well, the garden just had another clean up as things have taken off! Thankfully, I haven’t lost many plants over the years, except for some rosemary we’ve planted on our side border. For some reason, a couple in the one area have started to die off – I guess there may be something in the soil up that end?

  16. Alicia says:

    Reminds me I need new gardening gloves. I am guilty for going for a look around the garden, I pull one weed and it turns into twenty, without my gloves. There go the fingernails! I got bitten by a bullant a couple of weeks ago because I went out there with slip ons on my feet, while my boots were at the back door! That’ll teach me.
    I bet those Clivias look good now.

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