"Sometimes plants die. It doesn't mean that you are a bad gardener. It just means that something killed the plant. An insect, a virus, mold, bad weather...it's usually not the gardener's fault."
I took the plant with trepidation, but was able to keep it alive. After that I gained more confidence that even under the care of the best gardener, sometimes plants die. Now I willingly keep houseplants, most of which I propagated myself; I keep a small herb and flower garden as well. And yes, sometimes plants die. It's not my fault. I handle it, not by turning in my garden gloves, but rather tossing the expired plant and it's potting soil into the compost bin. Later, that plant that died gives new life to other plants.
Today, while caring for my houseplants I realized something big. Not only is it true that
'sometimes plants die'but also
'sometimes plans die'...and it's not always your fault. External factors can affect even the best laid plans, even when you do your best and work hard.
Right now it's back to the drawing board for me. I'm putting some things through the compost and a little while down the road, these experiences will nourish new plans and I'll be stronger for it.