Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Titles are the Hardest Part

I wonder why it's so hard for me to come up with good titles for these entries. I always try to have them be witty and meaningful to the reader but I guess if you want meaning and wit, just read on (assuming today is a good day).

So now that I have my house and have been living in it for a while, I'm starting to get excited for next year again. I feel like I did when I first started growing giant pumpkins. So much potential but so much unknown. It's exciting! I discover new plants and cultivars almost daily, many have never been seen before by another person!

To give you an example, I was roaming around a container nursery the other day and I spotted a weird looking branch (a sport) coming off a plant that just looked different. As I looked closer I saw that the outside of the leaves were green and the inside center of the leafs were white (variegated). The mother plant had the opposite, green centers but white (variegation) around the edges. A discover like this could be huge if it turns out to be superior to the mother plant. The owner of the containers fortunately permitted me to take a cutting!

This is the kind of stuff that gets me excited. It may be sound weird to a non-horticulturist but to me, I love it. I suppose that's why I've lost interest in cycling. I seem to always want to lead a mono-dimensional life. I used to be so into triathlons and I loved it like I do plants. But at the time I didn't care for horticulture. Now for whatever reason my interests are sliding into another direction even though I was having some good success on the bike.

Oh well. Yes I feel guilty but I'm happy and that's all that matters. Maybe I'll start riding consistently again and maybe I wont. I don't know. I trained so hard for a lot of years and I feel like I've been there and done that. With horticulture there's always something new to find!

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