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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

If plants had boots instead of roots

If plants had boots instead of roots, would they stay in your garden or put their boots to work and move on?

Why would they move on?

For starters, there is the weather forecast. After a weekend of record warm weather, when everyone wanted to believe that winter was over early, the weather forecast now contains words like snow, sleet, wind, ice and rain.

All those plants that popped up and bloomed, if they had boots instead of roots, might be checking the schedule for a southbound bus about now.

And then there are the weeds. Who wants to live in a neighborhood where thistles flex their thorns at every leaf that grows within an inch of them? Where, if you aren't a careful plant, a dandelion seed can germinate practically on top of you and then entwine its roots with your roots?  I'm sure even the hardiest, toughest plant in the garden shudders at the very thought.

Or how about location?  Just like in real estate, location, location, location is important to many plants. If they had boots instead of roots, would plants run out of that low spot that seems to hold water for days on end after a rain? Or move away from that tree that hogs all the moisture, sunlight and nutrients and leaves them with nothing to grow on?

If plants had boots instead of roots, and any sense of style, would they run away from that coral colored flower that nothing else matches? Would they try to organize themselves a bit, like birds of a feather, in way that makes them happy?

In some ways, plants do have boots, in addition to roots.  They can creep along, seed along, root along and somehow move themselves around the garden, coming up in the oddest places.  They can also just disappear, leaving the gardener to wonder was it the weeds, the location, the other plants around them, the weather? What caused them to exit the garden?

We'll never know, but we ought to treat plants like they have boots instead of roots.  Give them the best soil, the best location, and the best neighbors and maybe they'll take off their boots, set down some roots and stay awhile.


Denise said...

Love this post. So true of my garden. Years ago the lamb's ears disappeared and just this summer not only came back but appeared in exactly the same spot they were in before. Must have been a temporary work transfer, lol.

johnvic8 said...

There are a few out there that have boots and I sure do wish they didn't. Ex: Creeping Jenny.

Anne-Kristin Sander Naurstad said...

Hi there!I am a Norvegian gardener and gardenbloger. I love these thoughts you have, happy to know that my beautiful flowers will not be walking away. Tometimes, though, I could wish for the weeds to have boots. Have a lovely spring! Regards from Anne-Kristin

Ann Bailey said...

Don't forget the varmints that remove our plants from the earthly garden.....