The Distracted Gardener Strikes Again
When I’m gardening, I like to think about the garden. Or better yet, think about nothing at all, just soak in the ambiance. This doesn’t always happen, though.
Sometimes when I am gardening I’m absorbed with thoughts of other stuff, especially work stuff. Frequently this involves reenacting conversations that could have gone better, with me playing the role of all participants (a sort of one man show).
These reenacted conversations usually have much better outcomes than the real ones did. The downside is that they interfere with the gardening tasks I am attempting to complete.
Two recent examples. You may remember that I ordered two seed packets for planting this fall: Partridge Pea (Chamecrista fasciculata, formerly Cassia fasciculata) and False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica). So the Partridge Pea was supposed to go on the Parkway Bed, while the False Nettle was supposed to be spread in a few out of the way corners.
While in a highly distracted state, I took both seed packets out and spread them both over the Parkway Bed. I realized what I had done just after I actually did it. And undoing it is not an option: the False Nettle seeds are like tiny dust specks – 208,000 to the ounce.
But wait, there’s more. This past Sunday I was planting some ‘Casa Blanca’ Oriental Lilies. Now I know from experience that Oriental Lilies should be planted about 5″ deep and 12″ apart. In a highly distracted state, though, I planted my bulbs 12″ deep and 5″ apart.
I was able to replant the bulbs, but it wasn’t easy to locate and move them without doing any damage.
As for the False Nettle – I ordered another seed packet. The ones that come up in the Parkway Bed will be pulled or transplanted. Maybe I’ll let a couple few stay where they are.
Have you committed any acts of distracted gardening lately?