I read this in an email news letter the other day…and was laughing my face off to see how much of this pertains to me. My comments are in blue…after some of them. How much of this describes you?
You Know You're Addicted to Gardening When...
-Your neighbors recognize you in your pajamas, rubber clogs and a cup of coffee. (MINE DON’T RECOGNIZE ME IF I DON’T HAVE ANY DIRT ON ME)
-You grab other people's banana peels, coffee grinds, apple cores, etc. for your compost pile. (NAH…I JUST TAKE THE ROCKS THEY DISCARD IN THE ALLEY)
-You have to wash your hair to get your fingernails clean. (OMG!!! I DO THIS!!! HAHAHAHA)
-All your neighbors come and ask you questions. (ALL THE TIME!!! ONE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW MY NAME!)
-You know the temperature of your compost every day.
-You buy a bigger truck so that you can haul more mulch. (ABSOLUTELY!)
-You enjoy crushing Japanese beetles because you like the sound that it makes. (UH HUH!!!)
-Your boss makes "taking care of the office plants" an official part of your job description. (OR YOUR CHIROPRACTOR CALLS YOU TO FIX THE PLANTS….LOL)
-Everything you touch turns to "fertilizer".
-Your non-gardening spouse/friends become conversant in botanical names. (THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME BEFORE!)
-You find yourself feeling leaves, flowers and trunks of trees wherever you go, -even at funerals. (AND IF THEY ARE REAL…SNEAKING A CLIPPING INTO YOUR PURSE. -what???? you know you do it too!!! lol)
-You dumpster-dive for discarded bulbs after commercial landscapers remove them to plant annuals. (HEY…THIS IS A GREAT IDEA! WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THIS!?)
-You plan vacation /trips around the locations of botanical gardens, arboreta, historic gardens, etc. (MINE ARE PLANNED AROUND GREENHOUSE PLANTINGS)
-You sneak home a 7 foot Japanese Maple and wonder if your spouse will notice. (HE NEVER DID…IT DIDN’T COME WITH A REMOTE. LOL)
-When considering your budget, plants are more important
than groceries. (THIS WAS VERY TRUE BEFORE MY KIDS CAME ALONG…TEE HEE)
-You always carry a shovel, bottled water and a plastic bag in your trunk as emergency tools. (DID THEY LOOK IN THE BOX OF MY TRUCK??? in my defense…I learned that from my Dad- AKA “Grampie”)
-You appreciate your Master Gardener badge more than your jewellery.
-You talk "dirt" at baseball practice. (FOR ME IT’S HOCKEY PRACTICE HAHAHA)
-You spend more time chopping your kitchen greens for the compost pile than for cooking.
-You like the smell of horse manure better than Estee Lauder.
-You rejoice in rain...even after 10 straight days of it.
-You have pride in how bad your hands look. (YES!!!)
-You have a decorative compost container on your kitchen counter.
-You can give away plants easily, but compost is another thing.
-Soil test results actually mean something.
-You understand what IPM means and are happy about it.
-You'd rather go to a nursery to shop than a clothes store. (YEPPERS!!! JUST ASK GRAMMIE!!! HAHAHA)
-You know that Sevin is not a number. (HEE HEE)
-You take every single person who enters your house on a "garden tour" (OH YAH….HAHAHA AND SO DOES THE NEIGHBOR WHEN HE HOUSE SITS FOR YOU)
-You look at your child's sandbox and see a raised bed. (AND THEIR TREEHOUSE AS A POTENTIAL POTTING SHED/VINE SUPPORT HAHA)
-You ask for tools for Christmas, Mother/Father's day, your Birthday and any other occasion you can think of. (YES…YES I DO THIS)
-You can't bear to thin seedlings and throw them away. (AND HERE I THOUGHT THIS WAS MY DIRTY LITTLE SECRET!!! I ALSO KEEP CUTTINGS AND MAKE MORE PLANTS TO SEND TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY)
-You scold total strangers who don't take care of their potted plants. ( I DO THIS!!! MY CHIROPRACTOR HAD HIS PLANTS CONFISCATED LAST WEEK! HAHAHAHA)
-You know how many bags of fertilizer/potting soil,/mulch
your car will hold. (6 LARGE BALES OF POTTING SOIL – IF THE TAIL GATE IS DOWN…HAHAHA)
-You drive around the neighborhood hoping to score extra bags of leaves for your compost pile.
-Your preferred reading matter is seed catalogs. (OTHERS READ THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER…TOOTSIE READS PLANT MAGS! HAHAHA)
And last but not least:
-You know that the four seasons are:
Planning the Garden
Preparing the Garden
Preparing and Planning for the next Garden
SO? How much of this describes you? Can you think of any to add?
Thanking you all so very much for the wonderful Easter greetings, comments and for making the Friday Flaunt such a great event each week! The flaunts are getting more and more wonderful and inspiring each week!
Until next time…Happy gardening!
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LOL this is great, Tootsie! :D Thanks so, so much for sharing it! My favorite is the one about the Japanese Beetles!!!! I hate them!
I can relate to so much of that......Yes, I admit it......I am addicted to dirt digging. Blessings
That is funny....unfortunately it doesn't apply to me that much. But when I lived in Connecticut as a child I remember walking along the bushes planted in our yard with a jar picking off the Japanese Beetles.
This made me laugh out loud! I am guilty of most of this list! Especially planning vacations so I can see botanical gardens! Like you it's in my DNA!! Happy Easter my friend!
LOL Tootsie! You're super funny!
What a great list-I could identify with so many of these....though I never thought of sneaking cuttings-duh---what a great way to get some new plants.
"You have to wash your hair to get your fingernails clean."
Good to know this isn't just me. It is the only thing that works!
Love it!!!! LOL!!!! We have a compost bucket that we put everything in. Yesterday after dinner we were putting stuff in the bucket and my friends boyfriend asked my friend what were we putting in that bucket, and he said "they feed the worms or something" LOL!!! I thought that was funny. Like we had a worm farm or the something LOL!
haha, great answers Tootsie
My neighbors grand parents introduced themselves and came over to borrow some plants!
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