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BONNIE'S GARDEN--A Creative Science Experiment...

We know gardening is creative.  We visualize how those blue petunias are going to look with those yellow marigolds; how that pretty pink beebalm is going to look with that violet Angelonia; how that huge fluffy Boston fern is going to look by the front door. 

Some of us, however, have a little bit of a “mad” scientist in us and can’t quite resist “experimenting” in our garden.  Have you ever found a strange seedling in your garden—and left it there to see what it turns into?  Have you ever stuck a cutting in a glass of water—even though you know you realistically don’t have room for another thing in your flower bed?  Ever stuck a sweet potato in a glass of water just to watch it vine around the window?  Or cut the top off a pineapple to root it and see if you can grow your own? 

I’ve been known to do such things.  Right now I have an unidentified seedling in a pot on the back deck.  It gets watered and fed right along with everything else—even though I don’t know what it is.   I also have two pots that I filled with acorns this past fall.  I intended to toss a handful for two out occasionally over the winter for the squirrels but they sat by the tool shed, forgotten, instead.  Now some of the acorns have sprouted—with no soil—and I’m watching them grow, curious to see how they’ll do in a potting medium that consists of nothing but decaying acorns.  And I have a baby pineapple plant summering outdoors on the deck.

Sometimes Mother Nature throws us a curve ball and we have to figure out what to do with it—or about it.  Last summer’s science experiments were about dealing with the wettest May on record—and the hottest July.  Some of us got creatively scientific.  I know a customer who actually rigged up portable grow lights that he carted outside on non-rainy days in May to get his precious seedlings the light they needed.  Me, well, I went totally for the science experiment of seeing if I could stay on top of the fungal problems before they developed fully (partial success). 

At the end of it all, the goal is the same—to be happy with what we see when we walk around our yards. My yard is a patchwork quilt of flowers, herbs, and veggies (often nestled next to each other).  As long as they are all healthy and insect and disease free, I’m satisfied.  My next door neighbor is happy with his green expanse of lawn (which I find boring—but then, it’s his lawn, not mine).  My neighbor across the street is happy with just flowers. 

Who are you in the garden?  Are you an artist?  Or a Mad Scientist?  Or, like me, a bit of both?
Posted: 6/12/2017 by Bonnie Pega | with 0 comment(s)
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