Zen and the Art of Plant Maintenance  

rm_silkditty 66F
12408 posts
4/29/2006 7:30 pm
Zen and the Art of Plant Maintenance

Once upon a time, My Young Niece and her Chinese Husband lived by the sea with their Tiny Baby.

I would drive down to see them on weekends whenever I could.

After awhile, it was time for the little family to leave the seaside. They had a lot of plants and asked me if I would like to take them in.

I said, "Yes."

One of the plants was an amazing creature, a philodendron having grown to at least 15 feet long. It was a survivor. Someone Other had abandoned it and left it for dead, and the Chinese Husband had rescued it and let it grow.

The day I took the plants, we had to wrap the long vines of the philodendron in newspapers, and it took three of us, myself, My Young Niece and her Chinese Husband to carry it to my car. We looked like a Chinese New Year parade and I dubbed the philodendron "The Dragon."

I hung The Dragon from the ceiling in front of my sliding glass doors, and it thrived there. It undulated over the length of the glass doors and grew. It grew another 10 feet, so that it crossed from one wall to another, a truly amazing creature of god.

But I did not pay enough attention to the subtle signals The Dragon was giving me. The Dragon was in distress, and in my pursuit of sex and adventure, I did not hear its silent cries.

When I finally understood that The Dragon needed my attention, I did not know what to do. I tried several things, but was not accomplished enough in gardening arts to see the problem.

One day I tried repotting The Dragon and saw the roots were full of fungus.

So, I cut the surviving vines away, thinking that I could save it by re-rooting it. The old roots are thrown away.

Now, I watch the cuttings and change the water freqently. There are some mealy bugs that have attached themselves and I have to wash them away, like cleaning a wound.

What I have left for potential repotting is only about 4 feet. But I hope to restore The Dragon to its former glory some day.

Relationships can be like The Dragon story.

If you have read this post through to this point, you are a friend. It isn't a sexy or funny story, and you stayed with me.

And while I did make an analogy to relationships, I think my purpose in setting these words down are deeper. Someday, when I am strong and wise enough, I will spin the tale of why My Young Niece is in this world.

But I am not there yet.

somethingelse40 74M
14676 posts
4/30/2006 9:26 am

Indeed, silkditty, “Zen and the Art of Plant Maintenance,” may tax my inner plant to the outer limits of my cranium deposits. Perhaps there are many hidden threads with many different meanings and shades and interpretations as well? Perhaps philodendron represents some otherwise rather Confucius say like Chinese philosopher, Dragon, rock star, and twig off of the old vine through the sliding glass doors in pursuit of sex and adventure in problem gardening, roots, water, and fungi, and truly amazing yet silent cries of distress for your undivided attention? Gosh I hate it when that happens. On the other hand on balance perhaps it’s sort of a good thing. I just luv it when that happens. Yet, perhaps I understood most of it until you plunged into relationships? That’s where you lost me, perhaps partly because you seemed to be a bit lost yourself. Are we there yet? Perhaps it isn’t a very sexy or funny story after all, huh, yet highly suggestive and full of incredible innuendos and far reaching metaphors, huh?

Likewise, perhaps in time you will somehow come to appreciate my latest cranium deposits on the birds and the bees, what goes where and why, fitful intensity, and COMPLEMENTARY MOODS ~~ and actually leave a comment or two, perhaps somewhat on a continuing exchange basis, huh? I generally accept negative comments as well, my liege.

dankos2069 55M

4/30/2006 9:55 am

Even with fungus and insects the dragon is tough. It has been through alot....take care of it. You are blossoming yourself as a poster - and I am your match no more.

ilsuconu 56M

4/30/2006 5:35 pm

Both can be beautiful treasures to cherish, but both require maintenance. Right?

Passionata88 49F

5/1/2006 12:27 am

A relationship is not unlike gardening, where the plants need constant nuturing to flourish and thrive.

Not all of us are born with a natural green thumb. Some of us needs to learn what it takes and what a particular relationship needs for it to grow strong.

There is a little garden in my balcony where someone tends to the plants lovingly everyday. She even "talks and sings" to the plants. I would find that amusing but I noticed that the flowers would bloom in abundance as she was a natural gardener who nutured the plants.

One day, she left for a couple of months.

Slowly, the plants wilted and as much as I tried to save the dying blossoms, I just couldn't bring them back to its glory. When she returned, she breathed new life into the foilage and once again, my garden grew lush.

So you see, the plants like relationships, longed for the carer and her loving touch, her soft singing and her tenderness.

I shall stop by patiently and await the story of your Young Niece.
Something tells me that this is a tale with much depth.

May your Dragon grow strong and flourish!

somethingelse40 74M
14676 posts
5/1/2006 5:29 am

I’m perhaps now more convinced than ever that every cranium deposit I’ve ever laid turned out to be a rough draft. Rest assured, my liege, your ordeal was quite enlightening. My relationships have never been exactly perfect either. Sometimes a responsive symbiosis is about the best I can do. I look forward to many more intimate details. I’ve seen pictures of happiness, but sometimes I can’t keep from wondering what this “real life” is all about, huh?

somethingelse40 74M
14676 posts
5/1/2006 10:56 am

Perhaps you're right on both accounts, silkditty, or was that actually three accounts? Yet, perhaps if I only had an inkling of what you're getting at, then perhaps I might somehow become a little more inkling savvy, huh? Which category do you generally embrace?

somethingelse40 74M
14676 posts
5/1/2006 10:59 am

In fact, I've always wanted to meet a live Monkeywoman, perhaps to somehow follow up on long lost relatives.


5/1/2006 8:35 pm

I have had similar problems with my ivy... the leaves started turning yellow ahn brown alternately and falling off and soon there were very long runners with scant leaves and they never became large leaves like some that I see, like in doctor's oriffices and all...

So I replanted it and it did better for a while then got worse again. I finally trimmed all the runners off and it is looking well again but very small by comparison. I know nothing about such things, so any tips would help. I just know it will get the same way again if I don't get some advise. And I believe we need to nurture all sentient beings, of which plants are a part.

Hope yours is doing better and I am sure with your concern and love it will rebound magnificently.

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