I’m amazed at the number of opportunities that gardeners have to compete against each other. County fairs, state fairs, rose-daylily-orchid-name-the-flower shows, pumpkin weigh offs and more allow gardeners to compete for the most perfect, prettiest, biggest, tallest, tastiest, smallest of any number of flowers, vegetables, fruits, and plants.
Yet, the paradox of gardeners is that after competing to win that blue ribbon or certificate or maybe just some bragging rights, the winning gardener will often turn right around and offer cuttings, seeds, tips and techniques, and other help to fellow gardeners who will use those offerings to compete against them in the next competition.
When I think of friendly competition, I think of gardeners!
Here at May Dreams Gardens, I’ve hosted a few “friendly competitions”, most often when I think I’ve grown a real winner, of course.
Last summer, I posted that I had grown the “tiniest tomato” and soon several others got into the spirit of competition until Chigiy at Gardeners Anonymous beat us all with her currant tomatoes.
Then in a comment, she offered to send me some of the seeds from her winning tomatoes.
See what I mean? We gardeners like to compete, but we like to help others compete with us.
I can not come up with a logical reason. Maybe it can’t really be explained.
I’m just happy that gardeners are willing to share with other gardeners not just plants and seeds, but knowledge gained from experience and observation, from their own failures and successes in both the garden and in life.
Now, who would like to join me in a few friendly gardening competitions this summer? Would you like those competitions to be announced in advance or just to pop up periodically on my blog like this one...
Who has a prettier, fancier, more exotic looking flower than my night blooming cereus?
No, it isn't blooming right now, that picture above is from this past fall. Right now is its more or less dormant time. I give it very little water and no fertilizer in the winter. I let it get pot-bound as that is one of the secrets to getting it to bloom when you grow it entirely indoors.
See what I mean. I just helped others compete with me to get their indoor grown night blooming cereus to bloom. We gardeners just can't help ourselves from helping others.