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« Reply #15: April 25, 2010, 10:14:55 am »

In the supermarkets here you can get bunches of roses or carnation etc from £1.50 upwards and they can last up to 2 weeks-I find carnations last the longest and you get some amazing colours.

That's about $3... your markets are definitely cheaper than mine. Another reason on my list to move to the UK.

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« Reply #16: April 28, 2010, 02:00:02 am »

I used to live out in the hills but now I live in the middle of a city and have been keeping house plants for a few years. I can only keep plants on the walkway so I like to keep a couple of permanent perrennial plants that live all year round and to buy seeds for annuals that die at the end of the year every spring to spice things up. I love how they connect me to the changing of the seasons since I can't feel them in the city like where I used to live. Actually I feel that accidently killing your plants is a great way to connect with nature! We're so used to seeing everything lush and beautiful I find it expanded my view of nature to find all the ways I can accidently kill it.

You say that you have a cat? Well you could also get some cat nip, cat grass, or wheat grass to grow. It's pretty cheap and it's good for you cat! Actually you might not want to get the cat nip becuase it'll make your cat crazy all the time but cats can actually use a little bit of plants in their diet. You can find these plants ready grown or in seed form at large pet stores. Just make sure to grow it organic.

I also reccommend that you pick up a book or two on container gardening and something with a section of plant pests/ diseases for reference. And mint is incredibly hardy, but plant it in a pot by itself or it'll take over and you'll never be able to kill it/ get it out without dumping all the dirt. I think mine mutated with grass to make itself hardier...

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« Reply #18: April 29, 2010, 09:19:59 am »

Do you keep plants? Garden? How does tending to them connect to your faith? What about people who are, like me, in a big city? Did you choose them based on any particular spiritual criteria?

After many years of trying I finally have a semi-successful garden.  I absolutely view gardening in a spiritual way; when I weed my garden I do so with respect (and a little regret) for the lives that I am ending.  When I sow new seeds I feel joy at helping to start a new life.  Even just digging in the dirt helps to remind me that I am a part of the Earth.  The whole experience is almost meditative for me. 

I live in the suburbs, so I have a (small) outside patch of land to tend.  I've tried growing a number of plants inside, but my cats would always chew them to death *sigh*.  I guess my advice for you would be to try and keep all of your plants away from the cats.  They'll probably have the sense not to poison themselves (although no promises) but they will totally knock everything over.

I picked my plants in part due to hardiness, but largely due to aesthetics.  They're mostly edible plants, so I picked plants that my SO and I like to eat.  For the flowers, I picked ones that I think look nice.  To me no one plant is more or less spiritually significant than another, they all have the same life force.

Good luck with your plants.  If you don't already, you should maybe have a spray bottle of "no water" for the cats to help curb their herbicidal tendencies.
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« Reply #19: May 06, 2010, 11:39:40 am »


Do you keep plants? Garden? How does tending to them connect to your faith? What about people who are, like me, in a big city? Did you choose them based on any particular spiritual criteria? My criteria was, honestly, hardiness and attractiveness. As a new plant owner, I want something that will be hard to kill and easy to care for ... because it wouldn't be a very good exercise in connecting to nature and building a relationship with it if I fail to adequately care for my plant.

In the next few weeks, I'll be working on an alter. I think the plants are the first step. Now if only I can keep my cat out of them...

When I lived in the dorms in my first year of university, I had this little tropical tree in a pink pot that lived on my dresser... I often forgot to water it, and it probably hated the cold Canada weather, but it brightened the room immensely and now that it's dead I miss it a great deal. Sad

When I have a more permanent residence come September, I think I'm going to try and start a bit of container gardening - depending how my housemates are, if any of them have cats, where the windowsills are positioned and if we have a porch, all that good stuff... I want to try some herbs, and an aloe plant. Gardening has never really been a spiritual experience for me, just fun, but I'm going to put more of an effort into making it spiritual this time 'round. Maybe it'll incite me to take better care of my plants and not forget about them all the time... Wink
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