This summer, members of the Birds & Blooms staff were given the opportunity to test out a variety of plants. Below, Alysse Gear, copy editor, shares her experience with Blue Spike. Be sure to check out another staff review about coleus and petunias here.
I’m sometimes good at keeping things alive, like flowers in vases, but a gardener I am not. (Really though, if you trim your blossoms’ stems with a serrated knife instead of scissors, they last noticeably longer! But I digress.)
This summer has been my first in my downtown Milwaukee apartment. The nearest open land is a public park, so I adore my balcony sanctuary, my place where I can create a little world of green. Alongside a flourishing mint plant and a giant, mysterious succulent that I received for a housewarming gift, I potted my blue spike in the middle of a pretty little painted terracotta pot. A thyme plant and forget-me-not had quickly succumbed to my increasingly brown thumb, so I needed something hardy to keep my gardening dreams alive.
Halfway through the season, I flanked the spike with two green onions that I cut and ate over and over again. (Another tip, which I found here on Pinterest: you can plant your “used” green onions and they’ll grow again.) My onion and spike became best buddies, and the two enjoyed my partial sun all summer long. They gracefully weathered a terrible drought—even when I was gone for long weekends. I’d just water them when I got back on Sunday as they drooped, and the next day their green shades were just as bright. And they soaked up the rain the few times it came.
I don’t know yet if my ever-greener thumb will work on some flowers next season (which would pair beautifully with my spike) but I’m willing to give it a try. And I would definitely pick up another plant of this type, because then at least I’ll know I have a lovely plant I can’t kill. I try to be environmentally “green,” and in fact it’s my favorite color. Let’s hope I can become a gardener too!