Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Plants make wonderful pets

What is this strange relationship we gardeners have with plants? Sometimes we become quite attached and even attribute feelings and senses to them that they really don't have. Go on admit it - I guess at least a few of you talk to your plants. I've done it, although my verbalisations usually go along the lines of 'Grow or its the great compost heap in the sky for you!' Maybe you are the type to tie yourself to a threatened tree 'Woodsman spare the axe!'. I've never done that, although I did get very passionate once when I was told to fell a rare Juglans cathayensis for a new building. I argued and actually won! The tree still lives.

Maybe like me, you remember John Wyndham's science fiction books on the 1950's and the triffids. These were giant mobile carnivorous plants. Did this bizarre story stimulate my early horticultural interest? ('The Day of the Triffids' was revived as a TV drama in 2009 but I must have missed it.) Then there's the musical comedy, 'Little Shop of Horrors', set in a florist's shop. One of the workers, Seymour, raises a raunchy plant called Audrey II, that speaks and feeds on human blood. It's a somewhat macabre story that makes struggling with bindweed seem a walk in the park by comparison! Although I think we've all experienced a few monster plants that we wish we'd never acquired!

Seymour struggles to save Audrey (his girlfriend) from Audrey II

And if both of these seem far fetched well how about the new rock musical called 'The Plant that ate Dirty Socks', all about two brothers and their unusual plants. One of the songs, which caught my attention and prompted this blog is 'Plants make wonderful Pets'. Do click on the link and see if it amuses you as it did me! Apologies for the quality of the obviously amateur filming.

That's it - nothing serious today!

1 comment:

  1. Not sure about talking to plants but I occasionally talk to myself and the plants overhear it, does that count? lol :) Yes, plants do make wonderful pets, and the gardeners within us all tend to treat cherished plants as so...naturally!