I Put Googly Eyes on My Plants!
I always have to go and fix things that aren't broken, be it my blog, the garden, or even just plants. Just like Christopher Walken, my obsession with improvement is so bad, I go so far as to put googly eyes on my plants.
"The Gardener Who's Very Scared of Plants" puts googly eyes on his plants so he can make eye contact with them, so they're less likely to gang up on you. I am not afraid of my plants, but I feel that I'm much more likely to empathize with them if they're looking at me through a cloud of whiteflies or an encrusting of mealybugs, so they can communicate with me by saying, "Hey, I'm looking at you, I know you can see me, and these mealybugs are itching the bejeezus out of me."
Kimberly from Garden In Paradise recently posted about how she meticulously scrubbed each sooty mold smothered leaf of her ailing mango tree, just to see its healthy green leaves again. I can relate, and so can most other gardeners. I'm sure you've heard that plants are healthier if you make regular contact with them by touching the leaves, and though I don't have a source to back it up, I do know that plants that reside under cover or indoors don't get rainfall and that a regular misting or wiping of the leaves is not only sanitary but extremely beneficial.
You're not supposed anthropomorphize your plants, but I'm sure your pet dog is healthier with the extra attention it gets by treating it like an entity with a soul. You're much more likely to feed the dog and give it healthy interaction if you talk to it, pet it and and share your sentiments, and you're likely to be happier as a result. So why not plants?
That's right, I propose we all put googly eyes on our plants. Once I popped those little plastic domes on this ti plant, it sprang to life and told me "Spider mites are sucking out my insides! For the love of God, please help me!" My goodness, how horrible! Thank goodness I put googly eyes on it, right?
I gave the touch of life to my Oncidium "Sherry Baby" right before it told me that he's almost ready to bloom! How do I know its a "he"? He told me so... it seems that I've made him uncomfortable calling him "Sherry Baby" all this time. How embarassing!
Yikes! This guy! Its hard to feel comfortable around him, but now we've made eye contact.
I was about to take care of another bromeliad when I saw that it was already looking back at me! This anole was stealthily hunting some bugs for me. I'm sure that Sharry... I mean Barry will be grateful for that.
She's so lucky to have such a thoughtful guy around.
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