Aug 16, 2016

Committing Vegicide

Today, we are planning a trip to Edible Landscaping.


Did I mention my brown thumbs.

I kill plants… as a regular part of my favorite hobby, gardening. I never start out with that intention, but that seems to be the way it always plays out. It usually starts with a picture, or a garden tour, and inspiration, that dastardly fodder to my vice. And now, there’s Pinterest! Heaven help the plants of the world.

Just look at those beautiful pins!

And it’s not as if I try to kill them. Homocidal maniacs go out into the world with intent to kill, torture, whatever. My vegicide is completely unintentional. My intent is to achieve the unrealistic expectation set by those pins, pictures, garden tours.
My sister-in-law gave me one of those air plants for Christmas. 

I killed it. Yes, you know that kind of plant that has a very small, dry root system, that lives in a glass ball or perched on the edge of a sea shell, drinking in whatever moisture just happens to be in the air? That kind? I killed it. It lived in a dish filled with marbles on the kitchen window sill. I remembered to water it occasionally, never too much. I thought it was changing color as a natural quirk of the plant, then it began to sort of… shrink… and wrinkle… then I realized it was actually mummified. I threw it in the trash and I think it’s in a happier place now.

I’ve read that plants can feel and even communicate with one another. Years ago, when our yard was mostly trees and something I call Virginia wire briar, I contacted the local garden club, hoping if I joined, I might not only be inspired, but also learn a thing or two. Turns out, it’s by invitation only… and I was not going to be receiving an invitation. (“…wouldn’t wanna be a member of any club that would have someone like me as a member” anyway. – Groucho Marx.)

So I’ve had to forge my own path. I cut down trees, (and by that I mean, I hired someone else to chop’em down, because I cannot be trusted with a chain saw, as that pokey green shrub on the side of the house could attest… if it was still alive… and if it was communicating with me.) I grubbed and bush-axed that aforementioned wire briar. I planted grass seed, (which lives only by virtue of it having been planted over the drain field), and I’ve planted things. Some of them have even survived.

Today, we have planned a trip to Edible Landscapes, where they only grow plants that are people-edible. I’ve been coveting the giant paw-paws, the zone 7 citrus, (I killed one of those three years ago), the berry plants, the green house that hosts exotic things like bananas, oranges, and pineapples. We’re shopping for an orange tree for my daughter who thinks she might like to have an indoor orangerie some day, and who has only a slightly better aptitude for growing green things. Hopefully, the plants are not communicating with one another and no one has seen fit to warn them ahead of time that we’re coming.

So turn outward your briars to ward off the possibility that I select you. Call out for help, my little rootbound victims! You could be featured in my next Halloween anthology.

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