Can you believe I’ve only been a plant lunatic for five years now? Oh how time flies when you spend afternoons watching seedlings mature into trees. An interest in marigolds evolved into caudiciforms, a curiosity turned into obsession. On the hot days of summer I find myself chasing watering cans, from greenhouse to back yard, why is my life so utterly un-irrigated. Plants hold precedence, and drink they must.
I work at a flower factory, come home and admire them some more. I remember days when it was all shades of green, a lacking of understanding created a visual blindness. I’ve always been fascinated in watching people’s observational skills, it’s interesting to see what people pick up on and notice. Some friends and acquaintances visit the back yard grotto with little more then a “hey nice” while others leave amazed. I often find myself planting, manicuring and nurturing the collection with the momentum of some greater purpose, but inherently it’s all for selfish reasons. No one will notice the intricacy of my madness, much like painting, it’s the sum of the whole.
Today I gave a tour of the greenhouse and my collection to some of the Cacti and Succulent Society members. Of course wouldn’t you know it, plan a garden tour, expect rain. It was fun but wet, talking amongst the other enthusiasts it’s apparent I’ve gone over the deep end. Plants aren’t just a hobby to me, they have become a way of life. While I could imagine eventually downgrading the collection, I could never be without plants all together. I’ve lost interest in following the hot new bands, video-games and bar flies, the latest botanical oddity seems to excite me more. Let’s take a break from gardening and go check out some nurseries, or maybe we could go visit a park and stare at some old growth specimens…
Plants ruined my life, and if you’re not careful, they could ruin yours too.
Planning a trip south of the border, perhaps down to California to check out some botanical gardens and maybe swerve in to see a desert or two. Any botanical stops I shouldn’t miss? Comments and suggestions welcome!
Until we meet again.