I wonder how many people have unrealistic expectations of Mother Nature?
I ask this because I was talking to a gardener the other day who was complaining that none of the orchid fertilisers worked. So, I asked her which fertilisers she had tried and what had been the results.
It turns out that her orchids were flowering on average twice a year, but she wanted them to be in flower all year round!! This is just not realistic!
So I paused to wonder. How many people think that some plant or fertiliser is not performing well, when the plant is performing as it should.
Is it just our expectations that are unrealistic?
Perhaps we need to get back in touch with nature. Or at least adjust our expectations to be more realistic?
Maybe our expectations have become out of touch with reality. We can buy flowers and fruits all year round and we have become disconnected from the fact that nature works in seasons!
Just because you can buy spring flowers, like freesias, in the middle of summer or Peaches in the middle of winter doesn’t mean that the plants are flowering and fruiting out of season. It means they have been flown in from somewhere in the world where the plants are flowering and fruiting in accordance with the natural cycle.
Like humans and animals, plants need to rest occasionally and not be performing all the time!
We wouldn’t expect a fruit tree to be constantly laden with fruit.Nor would we expect an animal to be constantly producing offspring without a rest. So why should plants be expected to flower without a rest?
Personally, I get a lot of joy when I find a new flower on my orchids 🙂 I wonder if I would get that same joy if there were flowers there all the time?
Rohanne, Your Personal Garden Expert