Last week of Summer… week 37!
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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, September 17th, 2015 – HMB, Pacifica
The other day I bought a stack of gardening magazines, something I haven’t done in months and months… and I have yet to actually read them yet. I feel a bit out of touch from the published gardening world… which, honestly, is pretty nice.
Sorrel (the puppy, not the plant) gets her last round of shots this time next week. I am planing to bring her to all of my gardening jobs… and the beach. And puppy classes. And anywhere she can get energy out!
My variegated dwarf Bamboo is practically dead. Fucking puppy.
Today I am spending the day making products with Erica and writing about “What plants want you to know”… I like the idea of the plant itself telling you how to use it. I’ll start off easy and approachable – Lavender. Meanwhile, even though we got a little rain last night (which was gloomy and gorgeous), I need to water the garden.
Friday, September 18th, 2015 – HMB, SF
The foliage on my potted tuberose’s are gorgeous and green and super healthy… But no blooms. No sign of blooms even.
Saturday, September 19th, 2015 – HMB
Scent is such an interesting sensory experience. I was clipping some Rosemary and a memory came to me from way, way back. Nothing important or profound, just clear. It’s funny how that works, especially with plants. Things you never would consider you have a connection to, you connect to.
Sunday, September 20th 2015 – HMB
Things look good in my garden, despite the lack of water. I’m still watering, don’t get me wrong, but just much less.
Monday, September 21st 2015 – HMB
Gardening is slow this month, for some reason. I have a feeling people are freaking out about the upcoming potential rain, which is dumb. Now is the time to plant so that the plants can get established before the rain. Blurg.
Tuesday, September 22nd 2015 – HMB
Still. No. Tuberoses.
Wednesday, September 23rd 2015 – HMB
First day of Fall!
I feel like I bloom this time of year. But I can do without the heat… keep it a cool 65 degrees coastal. Like, forever. Or colder.
I went to the nursery today and found more interest in the table boards then the selection of plants. The moss is so lust-worthy!