I know this is the oddest question, but whenever I see a topiary, or a bonsai, or any other trained, pruned, manipulated plant, I wonder -- does the plant mind? I don't know if plants have "feelings" (as we would relate to them) or any sense of what is natural for them. But I do wonder if plants care that I'm pruning them. I don't have qualms about doing it for the health of the plant (at least my definition of health), but whenever I prune for appearance I always sort of apologize to the plant.
--i feel bad for plants that are going to die in lowes or home depot because they have given up on them-- when i walk around my yard and check each plant i feel bad for the ones not doing well--not just bad for myself loosing a plant but for the plant--a plant being a living thing it's hard not to think of living things as somehow having feelings!
Well, at the risk of sounding like a "loony"...the feelings for our plants are natural since we DO care for them and in addition, what is wrong with talking to them?? except for people that can see you...LOL. DH has grown accustomed to my mutterings while out in the yard...talking to the birds, whatever creature I might upset while working. I think they ALL respond to our feelings. Here is one of the "mini-dragons" in a pot of thyme ...I'm happy to see these lil guys since they help care for the plants also by eating the bad boys!!
You know, I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who thinks like that. I do feel bad for sickly plants, and I talk to all mine, especially those that have just been planted or are looking a little sad. I talk to the roses as I prune, and the flowers as I fertilize, etc. I'm so excited about spring! We've had a few really nice days, and I've been sick, and I'm chomping at the bit to get outside.
But do you talk to the "critters"? I'm already hearing spring "peepers" and a lovely sound it is to me. We have a wetlands area on our property and it will never be changed. Oh, spring please get here!!!!!!!!
Oh, yes. We have lots of little critters around here. Tree frogs, lizards, bugs, and lots of other stuff too. I'm usually telling them to run away from the dogs, as my 3 Dalmatians are hard on the wildlife here. I can't wait to get out and dig in the dirt!
I talk to my plants too, I think my neighbors might have heard me talking to a bush once...it was embarassing! But I talk to all my plants "don't you look well today!", "what nice growth you're putting on." ect. ect. . I talk the critters too! It makes it all even more enjoyable!
i have an atrium in the house with a light that i put on at night so they get extra light durring the winter--when i turn it off at night i tell the plants "good night" and if i forget to turn it on at night for them i feel bad--i have windows with mini blinds and plants that sit on a window seat by the windows--i feel so bad if i forget to open the blinds and come home from work and they had to sit in the dark!
Now there's another good question! Do the plants need darkness? Lots of people in my neighborhood have accent lighting on their plants (mostly the trees) all night. Is that good, bad, or does it matter?
Plants also need to go through a daily dark phase (the light independent reactions of photosynthesis), also called the Calvin cycle. During this cycle, the plant uses the energy and hydrogen from the light phase, plus carbon dioxide from the air, to manufacture glucose (the plant's food).