Over the past few months my interest in plants has gone from virtually zero, to the very opposite.
So I’m joining in with the Urban Jungle Bloggers for September and the theme is Plant Selfie! I thought I’d share my story and plants, lets see if you can relate?
You see I’ve never been very good with them, they always end up dying on me. And not to say that there hasn’t been any recent casualties, but proportionally I’m not killing everything now.
It feels like a light that has just been switched on, yes I’ve always loved flowers. But plants- well, like I said, not so lucky.
I’ve surprised myself with this growing interest. I sometimes wonder if it’s just a fad, a trend that I’ve finally succumbed to. Whether it is or not doesn’t really matter, the fact is I’m enjoying it.
The other day a realisation came to me, and perhaps some understanding, of this fairly recent plant light switch being flicked on.
This plant interest of mine, I believe, is related to my children.
My smallest has just started preschool. Subconsciously, for me anyway, I’ve let her go a little bit, she is growing up and having her own life, without me around all the time. We aren’t having any more children so maybe there’s a small space inside which knows that, and is looking for a substitute.
I get it now. Nature=Nurture.
I think because I’m so used to caring for my kids at home, that now they aren’t around as much, I’m seeking something else to nuture and nourish- enter plants!
What do you think of my theory?
I haven’t related plants to myself in this way before, which is probably why they all ended up dying.
Also, this post is a bit confessional;
Part of my ineffectiveness with plants is to do with my parents being bloody brilliant gardeners.
My mum especially, has got qualifications in horticulture. Of course now I see their skills as a real asset but previously, well I think I could’ve been reverting to teenage behaviours, and of course I didn’t want to help with the garden conversations *face palm*.
Or maybe I’ve just reached middle age now and Plants are my Rock N Roll… I’d love to hear about your personal stories with plants, any similarities to mine?
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