Still in summer… week 33!
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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, August 13th 2015 – HMB
I’m missing those butter stained book pages and covering up the terrible fake perfume scent with oyster juice, down in Carmel.
Friday, August 14th 2015 – HMB
In shop! Excited to plant up some Echinacea and remerch the shop with our new items…
The Casablanca Lilies are in full bloom… with messy pollen.
Saturday, August 15th 2015 – HMB, Richmond
Matt and I have been toying with the thoughts of another rescue puppy… it’s hard to imagine that Lucky and Sprout are gone (I feel like I feel them running around the house still), but it’s been almost 3 months and I think we are ready for another. Today we are stopping by a rescue adoption event in SF… excited! (It’s hosted by Rocket Dog Rescue.)
My poor garden. It’s just getting a breather from the chickens and other dogs…
Sunday, August 16th 2015 – HMB, Oakland
OMG. OMG. OMG!
This happened really fast.
Monday, August 17th 2015 – HMB, Redwood City
Welp, I have a puppy! And a ton of work to do!
Wow, laying sod and being onsite of a landscape job is hard with an 8 week old puppy. All my memories of raising Sprout are totally coming back though… some fonder then others!
I’m laying some of this No-Mow Native Fescue grass for her in our back garden… let’s see how long it takes to get demolished.
Tuesday, August 18th 2015 – HMB
I only have time for one plant today – and that’s Sorrel!
Wednesday, August 19th 2015 – HMB
Matt is gone for a couple days for work – and I am home for work. This single-working-puppy-mothering is hard!
I’ve been wanting to pair down the terra cotta I have in my garden and get rid of all the small pots I have to focus on the large. I just wish I had more dirt to work with… The puppy is a good excuse to edit down some pots, as she has taken a liking to chewing on the terra cotta!
Today my normal gardening crew is helping me make products for a huge order we have of Jasmine + Bergamot + Violet Leaf bath tea. 700 to be precise.
Quote of the day comes from Juan Carlos, “I feel like I’m working for a drug dealer”. (As he breaks down the Epsom salt clumps into a giant container)
I’m lucky to have employees who go with the flow…