My new friend Skeeter and her husband, the Saint visited me recently. We had met only once before but had so much in common that a visit was a definite go. What an enjoyable afternoon talking and listening to one another-and I didn't even have to go out shopping as they came over! After the afternoon I got to thinking about people. You see, after this one afternoon I feel like I've known Skeeter and the Saint for many, many years. Isn't it funny how you can meet some people and just have an instant connection and then others you never do truly know them? Anyone who reads the Leaf's blogs is probably familiar with Skeeter and I want to say you all know her! She is exactly what comes through on the blogs; kind, caring, funny, interesting, talented and honest. I wish everyone could be like this, so easy to get to know and like.
So I started thinking about plants and people. I always have this way of equating my dogs with my children. (Be patient it will all become clear soon) Some of you will be mortified but most of you will understand what I am saying. You see pets are very easy to know and love as they truly adore their masters with no help at all. They never sass and they never are ungrateful for all their masters do. By no way am I saying my four children are ungrateful but they have all had their rebellious stage and with a newly minted teenager at home, I can attest I sometimes prefer my dogs over him! So comparing plants and people is only taking the simile one step further.
I wondered if with plants what you see is what you get. Sometimes people are like this and sometimes not. Looks can be very deceiving. No way are plants always what they seem! Anyone who has planted a cute little Norway Spruce five feet from their front door will know what I am talking about. Ten years later that cute little small tree is a gigantic door blocking pain in the ***. So what do we do when we purchase new plants? Hopefully we have in mind what type of plant we are purchasing, and if not, we research it. I always research plants in my garden. I do not stop at just one source and instead read gardening books and at least half a dozen websites. Inevitably the websites all seem to vary just a little. Therefore, when reading several I can get an average of what the plant will actually become.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could research people on the web? I know you can but I am not talking about those kinds of websites. I am thinking a "People Database" type of website. One that if I were of the mind I could type in "Skeeter" and go directly to research on Skeeter. The people database research would say; (Plant Database comparison is in italics)
Type personality: (Habit) Warm, caring individual who plays well with others and is very adaptable.
Talents: (Foliage and Fruit) Artistic, funny, creative which can light up any environment for the long-term.
Background: (Site Requirements) Grew up in a warm home, loves family and pets and performs best around like environment.
Uses: (Companion Plant with) Good lifelong friend for a variety of personalities so plant anywhere!
Growth: (Growth Rate) Loves challenge, new ideas and perspectives and grows quickly.
What do you think about a people database? Good idea or what? This way we can immediately look and see what makes up a person and it would of course, have to be verifiable and researched extensively by powers other than people-therefore a people database would never work. People are funny because we all have different views, needs, perspectives and thoughts. That is what makes people unique. Sigh, I guess I will stick with meeting and talking with people and research only plants.
One site I use often to research new plants is found at http://davesgarden.com/. I really like this website because gardeners can evaluate the plant based on their own observations. It is not a "one size fits all" database. I myself have left evaluations of plants I grow in my garden. I think maybe we have plant databases because plants are not as easy to get to know as people. Sometimes it takes several years for the true plant to come through and most people can be figured out rather quickly.
Skeeter and the Saint it was very nice visiting with you both and getting to know you both! Have a safe trip back home.
in the garden....