Plants 365, week 40

Fuck… week 40?!

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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 8th, 2015 – HMB

Bought more pumpkins… I can’t stop this time of year. Long Island Cheese are still my hands down favorite. But the new crosses coming out are intriguing… Farmer John has a stash of his favorites he grew this year, stacked in his shed at the pumpkin patch. I really want to steal all of them…

Friday, October 9th, 2015 – HMB

Spent some time walking with my sis in Purisima canyon this morning… the Redwood trees were gorgeous as always. I need to do this more often.

Saturday, October 10th, 2015 – HMB, Point Reyes

Today Matt and I loaded up Sorrel and drove out to visit a friend in Point Reyes Station. Rhonda lives on a 600 acre cattle ranch, and we drove up just as she was getting finished with feeding. Sorrel was very interested in the horses, cats, dogs, cattle and calves on the ranch. It was cute to she her quizzical responses. Also, I think she gets a little car sit… she likes to stand and look out the rear window as we drive.

I found some gorgeous owl feathers… and there was lovely moss growing all up an entire side of a small barn.

We ate oysters, blue cheese, toma, figs and crackers with smoked salmon. Bottle of champagne.

Sunday, October 11th, 2015 – HMB, Tomalas, Petaluma

On the way home yesterday, Matt and I stopped at a few little country grocery shops (#foodhoarders) and found local bits of food we packed up and took home. Meanwhile, I found a flyer for the Tomales Bay Farm & Flea Market for today… so now we are back! This time, we loaded all the dogs in the back seat. The first few miles were a little hectic, but mostly the drive was nice… having the whole family in the truck, headed out for the day felt good. We need to do this more often.

We walked the dogs around the main square once we got to Tomales. Once they were sufficiently tired out, we loaded them back in the truck with food and water and shade – and we walked down to the market. We ate oysters on a bale of hay and shared a beer. I found some great old rope from a local fisherman and Matt found a cast-iron cornbread pan. Back at the truck we fed the dogs a bit of salmon and headed to the Petaluma seed bank… I only spent $160. on seed this time.

Monday, October 12th, 2015 – HMB

Another plant order came in this week… some beautiful Maidenhair Ferns and Moss.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 – HMB, Montara

Planting in deep, deep shade in Montara today… couldn’t be a tougher site. Spongy, root-filled soil from healthy, giant trees. 

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 – HMB, Montara, Moss Beach

The sunflowers in the front and back are so fucking cute! One refuses to unfurl, which I kind of love. They are going to see pretty quickly, so the local birds will be very happy soon. I don’t know why I didn’t do a succession of more sunnies and some sweet peas to crawl up them… Grr.


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