Years ago when Prince Charles mentioned that he talked to his plants, people rolled their eyes. Only those of us who worked with or had a connection with them knew why talking to plants really can make a difference- for both you and your plants.
I’ve been doing it for years. I wrote about an emotional interlude I had with my plants in the newly published 10th Anniversary Edition of my book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening:
“As I was preparing to graduate from seminary, I sold my house. I felt it was time to downsize and create a new garden. When I visited the last time, I felt strangely calm until I entered the garden. As soon as I walked through the back arbor, tears began forming. I said good-bye to the red velvet rose bush sprawling across the wall, which I had bought decade earlier for only a few dollars. Every few step I stopped, cradles some plants in my hands, and bid them adieu; telling them, like children, to take care of each other. Perhaps someone watching might think I’d gone crazy, but I knew otherwise. These beautiful living things were so deeply connected to me, and I to them, that parting was exquisitely painful.”