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Oh thank you so much for this article, I laughed and laughed. How very true, you described a compulsive gardener to a T! But what a lovely and rewarding addiction it is. I feel this as I look out my bedroom window and see bright purple zinnas and brilliant yellow cassia blooms. (But I can't help but think of the new cassia I read about on Daves this morning, and those ruby colored zinnas I saw on Parks web site and the wild frost weed I saw on the side of the road yesterday. LOL
This article was unbelievably funny! Great writing. I wouldn't be surprised if most of us have bought a plant or two because we felt sorry for it because it was not being properly looked after by the store personnel. I, too, have done so, and the first time was with a schefflera 34 years ago in a grocery store. Poor thing...it just needed someone to care for and tend it! I still have that plant but it's been cut back many times to accommodate moving-day U-Haul trucks or coming indoors for the winter. My husband has been kidded by another gardening neighbor that he should join "Plant[er]s Anonymous" so you may have a distant cousin in Texas! You have more physical (and mental) stamina than most gardeners, for sure!
Thanks, all, for your kind comments and enjoyment of the article. It's been a rough few months for me --- while enduring radiation/chemo treatments for an inoperable cancerous mass (now, gratefully, dead --- the cancer, not me. LOL), the city Code Enforcement decided my cottage garden/botanical garden native Florida jungle was a mass of "untended weeds, overgrowth, underbrush, etc.). They showed up unannounced with only 1 previous notice and no response to my letter, with police escort and court order to invade my property, hack at my beloved and treasured plants and haul away anything (building materials, garden furniture, etc.) that they deemed "trash."
Sorry to add such a bummer footnote to a fun article, but such is the reality when effusive gardening becomes a code violation.