Do you talk to your garden?

Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

My family thinks I'm a nut. Every day (unless the weather's awful, and sometimes even then) I go out to my garden and walk around to see what's growing and blooming. And every day I talk to my plants. My kids hear me say things like:

"Oh, look at you! You're having babies!"

"Aw, what healthy new growth you have."

"Spread politely, now. I have a weed picker and I'm not afraid to use it."

"Just look how big you're getting!"

"That bloom looks great on you!"


Are you a nut job like me? Do you talk to your garden? :D

Zolfo Springs, FL(Zone 9b)

I thought everyone talked to there garden. I do the exact same thing you do. They probably wouldn't bloom if we didn't. I have 4 sisters and they don't think i am nuts cause they do it to. You are prefectly normal.

(Zone 7a)

I believe it's only a problem if your garden starts talking back :)

Bay City, MI(Zone 6a)

yes and every night i tell it good night see ya tomorrow!!
In the morning i say hello garden whats new?
In the fall I cry and say hold on till spring!
I watch from my window all winter, whispering hold on just
a lil longer(could be talking to myself about holding on)

I just luv springtime in the gardens-new life!!!

Crossville, TN(Zone 7a)

People that don't talk to their gardens are weird.
People that don't pet their plants are weirder.
And I just can't understand those people that don't scold the weeds from entering polite society beds.

Such oddballs.

LOL! ^_^

Rock Tavern, NY

I talk to my garden constantly. I don't understand people who don't.

My kids love it, and think it's just the way it's supposed to be. They now do it, too. In fact, my daughter has taken to naming specific plants, which is just fine by me.

I only "tone it down" when the neighbors are out. They are city people who do not understand. But then, I don't understand them, either!

Crossville, TN(Zone 7a)

LOL< you're doing better than me, I never tone it down! LOL

(Zone 7a)

My mother lives in an addition to my house. Lately she has been talking to my tree that I planted last spring. Which, sadly, didn't make it through the winter. At first she was telling it how sad she was. More recently I heard her scolding it. My mom gets very attached to plants--obviously not just hers but mine, too. She finds homes for my leftover tomato seedlings so I don't have to kill them. I really need to replace that tree so she can put all of that energy into encouraging the new one to grow!

Sometimes I think its funny and sad that she puts so much emotional energy into a plant, (actually, EVERY plant) but I also think it is a really good thing to have people who care so much about small life forms. Plants are little lives, even if they can't talk back, and so somehow I think it is important that there are people who take the time to care and talk to them, and maybe even miss them when they are gone, however silly that may seem.

Andrews, NC(Zone 6a)

I'm one of the "Crazies " that talk to my plants everyday. I tell them how lovely they are and some of the bigger ones even gets hugs. from noon to 1 Classical music is played in the garden I swear it helps all my plants are large and very healty.

Here is Claire de Lune Clematis she get special attention.

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Andrews, NC(Zone 6a)

And the Azelea's reward my efforts

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Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

I don't talk to my garden but I do tend to talk to myself a lot in the garden... And the dog usually talks back to me thinking I am talking to her.

(Zone 7a)

That clematis is gorgeous! You must definitely be saying the right things!

Waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

I thought that was a requirement. Talking to them just has been what we do from DGM aunts, DSis........I never thought any of us was weird.

Napoleon, OH

LOL! You're all a riot!

Lesson learned a long time ago: I can talk ... I just have to refrain from singing!! My plants and gardens do not like to hear me sing! Must be the pitch of my voice. LOL!

I agree, the problem really only occurs if they talk back to us.

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

I'd rather talk to my garden than some of my neighbors*G*

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Worcester, MA

I recently threatened my bergenia and dancing dolphin vine. I've had both for 3 years with no flowers. So I read them the riot act i.e. "no blooms this year and you're compost!" A week later the Bergenia put out a cluster of flowers and last week the dancing dolphin hs buds. So don't think they're not paying attention.

Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

Too funny, Maureen! I threatened my liriope in much the same way, except I said, "You know, you guys can be replaced with a bunch of daylilies!" Not a week later what had been brown and dead-looking had new growth and was even spreading. Seems harsh to threaten them, but I think some of them need tough love. ;)

Worcester, MA

Each child is an individuall.....

(Mary) Poway, CA(Zone 10a)

I dragged a big potted Brugmansia out of the back yard and ran out of energy near the trash barrels. Was going to chop it up and put it in to compost, but I was tired, so I left it there. 2 weeks later I had buds all over it and got the first nice flush of flowers it ever gave me. Now it's in the front yard and will stay where it is until it needs another threat against it's life. I have a variegated Brugmansia that gave me it's best flush after a near-death experience with frost. LOL Some of them need a little tough love.

San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

Oh, I love this thread! Thanks for showing me I'm normal! I talk to my plants everyday. I tell them good morning, good night, I baby them, I yell I them...they're like my children! : )

Worcester, MA

I wouldn't go so far as to say we're normal. As I was discussing the state of t he world with my phlox yesterday.....

San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

The craziest thing is not only I talk to them, but I BABY TALK to them too, ahhahaha!

Waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

I have a Hall's Honeysuckle 4 yo without ever a bloom. Moved it to a sunnier spot and explained to it no blooms this year your gone. Just this morning I found 7 buds. It works to threaten them I'm thinking.

Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

Hehe...baby talk. I just did that today, actually. I got my first blooms on my new daylily, 'Country Melody,' and the first words out of my mouth when I saw them this morning were, "Oh, you bwoomed! Lookit you, you wittle sweetheart! You're so purty!"

I'm so ashamed. lol

Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

I meant to include this photo, but I had a case of premature post-u-lation. *blush*

Wouldn't you talk to this little sweetie?

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San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

hahaha! Do not be ashamed! That's so cute, just what I do! Sometimes I worry the neighbors can listen though, lol

Western, PA(Zone 6a)

At a horticulture night class recently we debated the use of plant markers. Many liked using markers to remember names and as reference when guests ask, what is what. A few of us said no, this method of identification, while easy, doesn't allow for memorization.

Instead, taking a short stroll each morning, and calling plants by their (scientific) name works well. In a short period of time all the garden becomes more personable, as we acquire more confidence when discussing each Family; Genus; Species; etc.

How do grandparents, with several children and a slew of grandchildren/great grandchildren remember their names? With name tags?

No. A conscience, repetitious effort is used.

San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

That's so true! I think the botanical names are cutter anyway. I call my babies by their botanical names. Hello, Lonicera! Good morning, Cecile Brunner! How are you today, Pricess Juliana? Good night, Cestrum! hahahaha!

Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

I don't mark my plants, either (unless I'm just trying to remember what's planted where because a plant is new or something). I call them by their botanical names most of the time, too. And I educate my kids (11 and almost 14), although they roll their eyes at me.

"This is monarda didyma. The common name is bee balm, because bees and butterflies love it. Here, crush a leaf! It's got this awesome citrusy-minty smell."

Eyes roll, just a little. (They respect me too much to be obvious.) "Sure, mom. That's cool. Nice plant."

Lawrenceville, GA(Zone 7b)

I talk to my plants and to my cats. My neighbors think I'm nutty and my family does too! I also do the 'baby talk" when one of my plants has a baby! lol My mom used to swear that playing music for her houseplants made them grow. She always had plants near the stereo that were huge!


Susan

Waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

I try to call my plants by their botanical names as well. And I am teaching my 2 yo granddaughter to know to. Though she may not pronounce the workds correctly (ie rudbeckia=becka, Echinacea=nasha) she's getting the idea. She is two after all.

San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

How cute!!!

Assonet, MA(Zone 6b)

Cece what a delightfull picture that brings to mind. And, what a lovely present you are giving dear gd, one that she will get pleasure from for the rest of her life. No doubt she will talk to her plants about gm. :)

Indian Harbour Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

When I've been caught talking to my plants I tell everyone that they're getting an extra dose of carbon dioxide that I'm exhaling !

I'll continue talking to them until one of them yaks back at me ! LOL

San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

Do you guys realize how many of us talk to our plants? What's wrong with us, ahhaha!
I also talk to my garden pests: slugs, beetles, aphids....but of course I don't baby talk to them! I use bad language with them I can't post here, lol!

Waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

Yup guilty of the same. The names I've been known to cll the Jap Beetles would make a sailor blush.

Eugene, OR

Same with me, only it's slugs that I battle.

Waukegan, IL(Zone 5a)

I feel bad after reading this thread because I tend to talk only to the bad boys in my garden. When I'm pulling out plants that are overrunning their neighbors I tell them "I'm sorry but if you were more polite and didn't try to hog all the space I wouldn't have to remove you. But now you get to go to the compost pile and return to Mother Earth for a rest."

But you have all inspired me to make more of an effort to give my plants positive comments too.

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

I talk and I sing to everyone who lives in my garden: plants, bugs, birds, critters, garden fairies..... ^_^

(Debra) Derby, KS(Zone 6a)

Every time I go near a plant, shrub, tree or vine I talk to it. I am a little crazy but all the people I talk to do not reward me with such beauty from conversation! LOL

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