My mother and I,
killed the first orchid we were given.
We are not a houseplant
sort of family.
What we grow
is out in a field,
thrown from the back of a tractor
and carefully monitored
mineral level adjustment-
All to ensure optimal production
when the combine
finally drives through the gate.
I have yet to see
my mother send off soil samples,
for the daffodils
my grandmother planted in the garden.
But then again,
normally the rabbits
will have them
before the month is out.
We killed the orchid by overwatering it, and sticking it in a window sill. We have got better with orchids since then, we have managed to keep one alive for just over a year!