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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ;)
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.
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.
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!"
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?
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!
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."
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!
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.
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. :)
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!
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.
Last week I had a spot of poison ivy that I needed to "paint" with pi killer. I squated down beside it, rubbed it with the brush, and carried on in my sweetest voice lying to it about how good the liquid felt, how pretty it was, etc. "Soak it all in, it will make you feel SO good" I was sure I had completely lost my mind! So, you're all telling me maybe I really am OK?
kays_camelot if you used your 'wicked witch to hansel and gretel' voice it's perfectly normal. It's a regular event with me and the creeping bellflower. It's when I do the MMMMWAAAAHAAHAA (truly evil laugh) and dance of joy when it dies that I know it's time to increase my meds. (I have serious issues with creeping bellflower sigh).
hahahha! You guys crack me up! Kays, you are sooo nice. I can't help myself, I'm too honest...this week I had to spray my garden for cabagge worms and all I could say was " DIE MOTHER F***S, DIE!!" lol!