Week 28! Read below about what my garden is all about the past 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, July 9th 2015 – HMB
Went to the dark side and brought some gorgeous terrariums in the shop again… at the least, they look 100% better then most of what you see out there. Still, pretty basic bitch. #retail (insert gun emoji)
Friday, July 10th 2015 – HMB
It’s Matt’s birthday so I am running around readying the garden for company. Mostly, I am looking to put away any sharp objects, to move any spiky succulents – mostly so the succulents don’t get hurt or sat on. #caring (insert gun emoji)
Saturday, July 11th 2015 – HMB
I get why angry merchants write tacky signs and put them all over their shops. I’m not going to do it, but now I get it. If I were to post a tacky sign, it would read: No these are not Honeysuckle, these are Nasturtium. And asking me, “are you sure” doesn’t change my answer or the name of the plant.
Sunday, July 12th 2015 – HMB
Matt is visiting family on the east coast – and I am visiting myself in the garden. Past the initial moments of where’s my husband, it’s amazing how easy it is to sink back into solitary life. Thank the gods that I was single and lived alone for so long before I got married… This should be a prerequisite. Live alone, plant a garden, get a dog, do yoga even if that means you are just sitting on the ground with bare feet.
Monday, July 13th 2015 – HMB
How is it July and there is no 5 gallon Lavender ‘Grosso’ to be found anywhere? 1 gallons will have to do. ‘Munstead’ I get, but no ‘Grosso’?
WTF. (back to insert gun emoji)
Tuesday, July 14th 2015 – HMB
The Ollalieberries are done for the season. Waaah.
Wednesday, July 15th 2015 – HMB
Watering a lot this week… what’s with this fucking heat? Blurg.