Happy Birthday to Me

It's me and it's my birthday!

Today is my birthday. Yeah! Not really too exciting because I never do much on my birthday. Plus I'm 21 and that may be young to everyone else but to me I'm feeling old. Since It's my birthday I thought this would be a good time to tell everyone about me.

My name is Priscilla. I'm now 21 but really feel like I just turned 50. I'm still a newbie gardener even though I started last year around May. No one really believes I'm a newbie because I surprising known quite a bit. Online I don't sound like I know a lot because I'm scared to give the wrong information. It's great to be a gardener down in San Antonio, Texas. I can garden most of the year. This year it is was a mild winter so not many of my plants died.

I container garden on my balcony. There is no house and no yard for me. Of course like every other women I want a house and extremely large back yard. Maybe one day I will get this house when my husband decides to buy one. Yep I'm married, I know I'm young. We have been married for a year and my husband is in the Air Force. We have dated for 4 years before that and were high school sweet hearts. No kids for us any time soon. Maybe 4 years from now or even 3. Yes people do ask me all the time if I have kids. No it's not out of the ordinary to be married at 21 in San Antonio and have a child. All our friends in the Air Force that are married and around our age do mostly have kids. I do have a furry kid though. My dog Kasha who is a Year and some months old. She's my pest but I love her dearly.

Kasha my furry kid.

I like plants, like many gardeners do. To me the best part of gardening is learning. I love to learn and research. Everyday I'm online and looking through blogs and websites trying to build my knowledge. Even though I learn something everyday I still can't remember what I have to remember for my herbaceous plants test tomorrow for my class. My future is really a question mark right now. For all my years I was certain I would be an artist. I didn't want to do anything else and I would draw all the time. As I grew up I took on painting and any other art and craft I could do. I went to art school for 2 years at 2 different schools. In these schools I was studying Graphic Design. For 5 years before I started college I really thought I wanted to be a graphic designer. Once I went to college and started to learn what I would have to do as a Graphic Designer I realized it was not what I wanted to do. It wasn't fun to sit in front of the computer and struggle to create something in a medium I wasn't good at. Go figure the one thing I wanted to do was the one thing I was bad at. Mostly all arts and crafts I'm good at. I'm not tooting my own horn here at all. Really I'm good I've won contests and scholarships and even the superlative in highschool.


So why did I change from wanting to art for the rest of my life to wanting to garden? Really I'm not sure and it's scary. I took a year off from school and during that year I pursued my hidden love. I've always been a nature loving. I'd inspect plants when I went past them and loved to get my hands dirty. Once I started to learn about the plants it was love. I knew I would spend the rest of my life learning and that was great to me. When I started to volunteer and build my own plant collection I knew gardening was going to be my life. I felt like I had found a part of me that had been missing for so long. Maybe one day I would like to combine art and gardening into one. I'm not that confident in my art really. Art is one of those thing you feel like you are never your best. I could just get the confidence to try and doing botanical illustration but right now that is intimidating.

When I look back at all my years of doing art I noticed one thing. Whatever I drew I always leaned towards nature. I'd draw plants and landscapes and abstract flower related pieces. I even bought gardening and plant books to draw inspiration. Once I transitioned into the world of gardening I already had books to study. Those books I never studied before I just looked at the pictures. Now I read and look at the pictures.


lintys said...

What a sweet post by a sweet girl. Happy Birthday Priscilla! This is the first time I've seen a picture of you, and what a beautiful girl you are. I hope you have a lovely birthday!

ladyluz said...

A very happy birthday Priscilla. I'll catch up with all your doings this week but this is just to let you know I'll scan and post your floral birthday picture from the book.

Nancy J. Bond said...

Happy Birthday from one Pisces to another. :)

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Happy birthday! It was nice to hear a little about you. I married at age 20 and never regretted it,April 23 will be our 26th anniversary.

Crafty Gardener said...

Happy birthday from another Pisces.

rusty in miami said...

Happy birthday Priscilla, is great to meet you. You are so lucky to have discovered gardening early in your life. Good luck with it.

Vanillalotus said...

Thank you everyone for the happy birthday wishes. It all meant a lot!

Wow I'm surprised at all the pisces! My mother and my mother in law both have birthdays in march too.

Robin it's nice to know that other have gotten married earlier. It not looked down on here in Texas but some time people do give me a hard time about.

Thanks Rusty for coming by. I love your blog and visit it regularly. It's great to see your garden photos since your plants are always so lush and beautiful. I feel very lucky at discovering gardening now then later. I'm glad I didn't miss out on years of knowledge I could have accumulated.

m. said...

Hi Priscilla! I just stumbled on your blog. I am also living in SA and my husband and I were high school sweethearts who dated for four years before marrying at 20. We will celebrate six years this June! And like you, we do not have kids yet, but we will hopefully begin soon. Wow, lots in common. I look forward to hearing what you experience is like doing container gardening here. I find my plants tend to not like it with all the heat. But hopefully this year will be different! Happy belated birthday!