One of my joys during this pandemic is embracing my Plantita journey day in and day out. MY PLANTS!☘🌷😎 I’ve written a Part-1 on this about 3 1/2 months ago. I am writing a Part-2 now. Life happens so fast these days that much as I would want to write more frequently – everyday routines (read: home chores) and unexpected surprises just come by. Mostly pleasant ones, so that’s good! Writing gigs that are really blessings! For now, let me give you a rundown on how I am subtly learning LIFE through my plants. Plants provide us many facets of life that we can learn and re-learn. HOW? 🥰💚
TIMING is EVERYTHING.
Gardening is about doing things at the right time. Take our spinach veggie patch as an example. When we got the seeds given by a kind neighbor — we didn’t immediately plant them. We kind of planned for it. We prepared the soil, the plot and we took the time. We thought of the perfect place – should it be at the backyard? front yard? Do we just put them in pots or upcycled containers? A lot of thinking. Finally, hubby and I agreed on the same spot. Sowed the seeds and we waited.
GROWTH was slow in the beginning but we were just surprised one day to see them so tall with leaves that are wider than the size of my palm. Oh yeah! We harvested 4x in a row, so far. They’re now producing their own seeds much like what we had the first time. Another season continues.🌿 Even for repotting ornamentals – you need to know when is the RIGHT time to do it. Is your plant prepared for a bigger pot? Is it healthy enough to withstand the process? Or, sometimes plants droop when they are transferred to a pot. I had a few experiences on this. When this happens – just be patient and check on the plant every now and then. For some plants, you can always get them out of the soil. Then, place them in a container with water until you see root growth and then put them back again in soil. Not always the case. Timing is everything.⏲ I learned my lesson the hard way with my Swiss Cheese Plant – from 9 to 7 leaves to 5, 3, then nil. It died on me! Huhu. 😥Perhaps, repotting was the culprit – I don’t want to dwell on it for now. Hehe. End of the story. But what I’m saying is this: We cannot hurry things, ALL the time – as some things really take time. Some thrive at a slower pace. How something is called a success is related to when it happens. You shouldn’t start a new business when economy is down ( but some would argue you CAN! 🙋♀️). Or wait for that perfect moment when you launch your new product. In relationships – timing is also a factor. Talk about OTL or One True Love – it comes at the time you least expect it eh…. so, you do not wait for it.😍 💖💕
ADJUST, STRATEGIZE and LET GO!
Do you sometimes enjoy the insights you get tending to your plants? Most of the time, you stumble upon them unexpectedly. For the plant enthusiasts, do you feel and act as some kind of “scientists” doing experiments all the time? As all plants have their own requirements for growth – we usually do a “trial and error” – right? You assume, you deduce, you reason out, formulate a hypothesis. You experiment to test that “intelligent guess.” This constant experimenting is clearly one of the most unexpected garden insights I’ve had. Still at it!🤓 I used to enjoy this “hypothesis-experiment thingy” back in high school. Hehe. It’s all coming back again NOW. But with my plants – I DO it my own way. I just discover and re-discover. For instance, I know that when I give my plants rain water or if I leave them in the rain for a while to be watered — they LIKE it a lot, especially the caladiums, my caladiums! (And oh, they also love the bright sun so I take them outdoors – the leaves have grown!😉). Where before I was scared of overwatering them – I let GO now and they’re growing better, lusher. It helps to read up, too, on what requirements your plants need. You learn from experience — so you adjust, strategize and let go! Like in life – whenever you face trials or challenges – you do the same. Do not sulk in one corner. You have to think clearly and face them head-on. PRAY about it! Always! 🙏☝One good example is this pandemic we are all in – we have our time now in our hands as we are all staying home.🏡 Have you done what have you’ve been longing to do? We cook, we bake, we draw, we paint, we de-clutter – possibilities are endless! YES- we plant our own vegetables & herbs to harvest and eat. Garden to table. What do we do next? We take the next move. Can you translate that passion for cooking into an online food business ( aaahhh, we know how they’ve sprouted here and there for the last 7 months or so….)?!🥗🥡 For the Plantitas – do you sell your plants? Or you’ve been mulling over other plant essentials or garden supplies that will benefit the plant lovers which you can provide? Can you go into that kind of biz? Do you have that drive and creativity to take plant photos (or essentials) which are compelling? How will you differentiate from the rest? Admit it – a lot of tough competition out there! There are lots of ways to adjust to these changing times while providing you a good source of income. I know some are doing it as a side hustle only, others for a hobby or just to actively pursue their passions. Whatever your reason is – go for it! It is in these times that we thrive and survive. Let go of all those fears, insecurities, doubts, worries or sadness. Life is still good despite our unusual circumstances – remember that. Make the most out of the situation as we hope for brighter and better days! Yep, we can still shine bright on these uncertain times – take for instance, Ms. T, a friend, who has gone full-blast on her plant essentials business during the pandemic. A certified plant lover and collector – she has also put both her creative and marketing skills to good use. Those unique and useful fabric planters in my photo collage above for some of my best-loved plants at home (that can also alternate as ‘storage bins’) come in different sizes, colors, and prints. You can find these and more at their social media accounts- Peachy Casuals Dvo.🧡💚
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/peachycasualsdvo/
Going back to the garden – now that you’ve seen how it works means that there is just one direction to get there. The fact that plants are living indicate that there is so much room to try new things. It’s just like feeling, sensing or discerning what your plant needs and be receptive to it. You might be completely wrong with one move as you watch your plants struggle. But everything will be part of a learning experience. Do they need more light or sun? Less water or more? More fertilizer? Need to transfer to another place? Add more soil and the list goes on. IKR. Sometimes it’s quite frustrating trying to figure out what a plant needs but once you get the hang of it and you see positive results, it spells SUCCESS! It’s both fun and fulfilling! When one strategy doesn’t work — look for another one. Try and try until you hit THAT spot!🤩✅
We all have our SHINING MOMENTS!
Plants thrive to the best of their abilities – they do not suffer the same hang-ups we have regarding our growth or our individualities with how other people see us. All of us have their own shining moments! Focus on that. Plants are so refreshing because they lack self-awareness. What they know is that striving to shine at their best is an absolute goal – a takeaway that is a life lesson to all of us!✨✨✨
We embrace our VALUE to others.
No doubt, plants have their values that are not left unnoticed. As it is, plants are constantly providing us benefits – for nutrition, purifying air that we breathe, shelter, medicinal values, aesthetic purposes, their roles in maintaining a balanced ecosystem plus just their calming beauty and freshness are enough to make us LOVE them. We are grateful to them. As we realize this – we can reflect and ask ourselves – “What value am I giving out to the world and the people around me?” Much as you embrace your flaws, you also embrace your value to others! Your love ones, specifically. Home is where the heart is. It all starts there until you bring that value outside. Think about it! 🙋♀️💫
In LIFE – we just need the essentials.
Plants are simple – they just need a few basic things to be at their BEST. 💚
With their huge benefits to life here on earth – they really don’t ask so much EXCEPT air, water, sunlight and yes, nutrients from the soil. In reality – do we need AS MUCH? ⭐💧🌞We can live simply just like our plants. What an invigorating way to just be contented with what we have and not complicate our lives with the “must haves.” These are luxuries that we can do without. We rationalize these stuff – material or not, as what will make us feel happy, successful or fulfilled. Hmmm. Can you simplify your list? We have learned that absolutely at this time of Covid-19. People even trade their well-loved bags or shoes for food. NOW. Survival is the name of the game.
What is really essential? 🌷🌿🌴🍂
Have a HAPPY LIFE!
2 Corinthians 9:6
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and
whoever sows generously will also reap generously."