Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Plant with UT Colors

Goldfish Plant (Columnea Gloriosa)

I purchased this plant yesterday from The Great Outdoors as a gift for a teacher who wrote me a recommendation letter.  I like the rich coloring and shape of the small leaves, and it should do well both inside and outside.


Light: A brightly lit spot away from direct sun is just right (near bright east or south window).

Temperature: 55 to 85F. Can tolerate 50 degrees without damage.

Water: The Goldfish plant likes to be kept moist but can get a little dry between waterings in winter. Leaves enjoy frequent misting if possible. 

Humidity: High to very high.  (I am going to place a tray of pebbles and water under the pot to increase humidity in Austin's dry climate.)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Accepted to UT

Yesterday I was very happy to receive notification that I was accepted to the University of Texas at Austin's landscape architecture program.  This has been a dream of mine for a long time, and I took quite a few risks to make it happen.  There are few "accomplishments" in my life that I can say I am truly proud of, but my acceptance to UT is one of those few.  After another day of working at the nursery and garden center my hands are stuck with thorns, my arms are scratched and sunburned, my back is tired - and my heart is content.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Suspense is Killing Me

Arrgghh!!  I wish the 13th would hurry up and get here so that I can find out whether or not I was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania.  I turned in a good design portfolio and I think my recommendation letters were decent, but my undergrad GPA and GRE scores weren't that great.  Also, PennDesign's statement of purpose only allowed 500 words, which is too bad because I felt like the statement of purpose was a real strength in my applications to A&M and UT.

It's not the end of the world if I don't get into UPenn.  I've already been accepted to A&M and I feel confident that I'll be accepted to UT.  It would just be cool to go to an Ivy League school with a prestigious MLA program.  Hopefully work at the nursery and my new vegetable garden project will help assuage my college acceptance anxiety.