|Allan Armitage - photo discovered while |
searching Google images for Crazy Gardeners!
'Crazy Plants for Crazy Gardeners' was the subject for the evenings presentation. It was based around plants only a gardener would love. His story of sitting in the garden at dusk with a bottle of wine, watching the blooms of an Evening Primrose to begin to pop open wasn't lost on me. It's an event that any gardener can relate to, but to the uninitiated it sounds bizarre. I've seen someone else doing the same with a bottle of Champagne and a night blooming Cactus, but I think she would of found the excuse to have a drink regardless of the event.
Lets face it, we gardeners are in fact a 'crazy' bunch. We're fanatical, passionate and obsessed and often do the most bizarre things. I've been known to garden during a full moon, not for some astrological significance but because the light of the moon allowed me to see outside and carry on gardening. I'm sure the neighbors all think I'm nuts digging in the dark, or maybe they think I'm up to something more menacing? Obsession can be a curse when it comes to lawns too. We've all seen the signs not to walk on the lawn in fear that are shoes would cause it some harmed. But, if you step back and detach yourself from the world of gardening, what other pastime recommends you to buy bags of poop to increase your enjoyment of the subject matter!
Allan kicked off the evening with what seemed like a collection of thoughts. Some geared towards the garden center, who was hosting the talk, and some for the group who was attending. But, what resonated the most was his concern that ordinary people had developed a disconnect from the outside world, favoring instead a world of high-tech gadgetry. I have written past posts regarding this subject in 'What happened to gardening', but to hear someone of his standing echo the same sentiments is alarming.
|Legends in the Garden|
A side effect of gardening, that any don't think about is how it affects are health. Allan remarked how you'll never find an old gardener. You'll find broke gardeners, sore gardeners, good and bad gardeners but never old gardeners. Why not? Because a gardener is always looking towards the future in anticipation. Gardeners are the optimist of the world, never letting one years failures hold us back. Instead, we build on our experiences each year and look forward to see what the next year will bring.
|No hair out of place|
|For my two year old, watching the bees was captivating|
But that's just all 'crazy' talk......or is it?