So if you come to my house or my office, you shouldn’t be surprised there are no plants. And, while I purchase hanging baskets every year for color in my yard, I have accepted that they will be pretty for a few weeks until even with my husband’s attention they wither away.
And mind you I have tried! I water – but then I seem to over water. I’ve moved plants to all parts of my house. I’ve recruited my husband for help. Still die. My aunt, seeing our plant was struggling, took it upon herself to not only take care of my daughter but also our only fern. She was able to keep it alive for us for a bit, but when her visits became further between the fern ultimately kicked the bucket. I’ve also requested spiritual intervention, asking that my grandfather, who loved to garden for assistance. Nothing. So I prayed to the faeries and gnomes as nature is their specialty. You’d think they’d help a girl out, especially since I was offering wine or chocolate. Yet plants still die.
Beaten down, the other day I was admiring my colleague’s beautiful plants and telling her my woes. She responded with the following query, “Don’t you tap into the energy of the plant and talk to them?”
She continued by saying, “Before watering them I always check in and ask – do you want water? If so, how much?”
I was taken aback. Now I’ve heard people insist that talking to their plants has made them thrive. And I have from time to time pleaded with my plants. But after a few moments, I realized the communication with my plants has always been one way. Perhaps if I made this a two-way conversation and paid closer attention to their energy, I’d be able to keep them alive.
So I’m trying. And so far, so good. My husband and I are talking to and more importantly listening to a pot of mixed flowers that had all but died. We had placed this pot in the front as the red looked BEAUTIFUL with the blue contrast of the house. In full sun this plant had scorched and just about died as apparently it didn’t like the sun. It has since been moved to the back and breathed a sigh of relief as it is now shaded by a tree. It is slowly coming back.
As the plant is coming back, I have to admit it is a lot of work! But, I am noticing that the plants definitely do have an energy of their own. Hopefully as I continue to pay attention, I’ll get better at understanding the nuances. I can do it with people and animals after all, I’m sure I can get this down with the plants as well. I’ll keep you posted!
Do you talk to you plants? If so, do you find it helps them grow? Any tips for this black thumb gardener? If so, please share in the comments below.