Plants 365, week 41

Full on into Fall! Yay for fog this week!

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Hi! I’m Jenn – botanist, CEO, potty mouth.

This is my “plant diary”, where every day for the entire year I will log my experience with plants. I’m not sure what that’s actually going to look like, but it doesn’t really matter – I just want to talk plants.

But first, here’s a little context about me: I fucking love Champagne. I don’t really like reading fiction but can digest it in the podcast form. I listen, read and observe a lot. I happily overeat carbs. I call myself a botanist because I have been a professional (as in, I pay my bills by) horticulturist for the past 15 years. The past 4+ years I have been researching plants with indigenous Mayan and Garifuna cultures in Belize – mostly focusing on organically farmed Cacao theobroma and jungle-grown Yam root. This means lots of time spent working on family farms, lots of jungle hikes, lots of eating weird things and even a bot fly in the arm (I dare you to google bot fly). Vanilla planifolia and Crocus sativus are my jam right now. My hands-on background is florals, farming, herbalism, horticulture and jungle growth. I’ve dabbled in greenhouse growing (3 years in community college, greenhouse management degree), grafting and stone work. I’d like to practice bonsai more. I’m terrible at grammar. I love holistic approaches, but loathe buzzwords and “internet experts”. I could spend less money on crystals. I should do more yoga. I am meditating more. I get angry at Terry Gross, but then fall back in love each week. Reality TV shows are a must. Woodford on the rocks with a twist and a cherry. Hip hop keeps me human. Kale is king.

Why write this? Because I want to remember and reflect on the time I spend with plants.

Ok. Here we go. 

Thursday, October 15th, 2015 – HMB

This morning the weather was surly and foggy and gorgeous – ad there were sleeping bumble bees everywhere at a job! I’ve known (by stepping in it!) there was a in-ground nest some time ago, by the Agapanthus, but I have never seen so many at one time. Gorgeous little creatures…

Friday October, 16th, 2015 – HMB

Lesson learned: The line doesn’t define the space.

Today I am starting to move around my potted plants… a messy jumble that is now getting hacked back, cleaned out and partially repotted. I’m editing, big time. There is a concrete line that had defined how many and where I put my potted plants for the past 5+ years… but today I went well beyond, far behind and basically just didn’t listen to the line. The result is an awesome and flowing section of pottery, adding continuity and structure. I don’t know why I haven’t done this years ago…

Saturday, October 17th, 2015 – HMB

Farmers marking and gathering tons of colorful yummies…

Still marveling at the potted garden transformation… I love reinventing with the same things you have always had.

Sunday, October 18th, 2015 – HMB

Straight chillin’ today…

Monday, October 19th, 2015 – HMB

Doing a juice cleanse all day today… so that should be something.

We also cleaned out a bunch of potted plants for a client who is moving across the country and wants her pots to come with her. I would totally do the same damn thing. Good news is, I get to take home her David Austin’s! Woohoo!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 – HMB

I wonder if you can dry-farm blueberries… I bet you could.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 – HMB

Got stood up by a client today for the first time in years! #wellInever

Luckily, it freed me up to putz around HMB Nursery… with my weekly deliveries for my shop and landscaping, I find that most their vendors are now my vendors – which feels pretty fucking awesome. But still, it’s lovely to wander their aisles…

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