What Plant Are You: Connecting To Plants In The Garden

By Nikki Tilley | April 13, 2020
by Nikki Tilley
April 13, 2020

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty tired of all the hum-drum news. It’s gardening season and since most of us are home-bound these days, why not put some fun into the mix. For instance, plants make us happy. This is a known fact and scientifically referred to as biophilia. Take a moment to think of yourself as a plant in the garden – you could even get the kids involved. What plant are you…and why?

Relating to Plants in the Garden

Here are a few examples that I got from my coworkers if you need some inspiration to get started.

Bonnie sees herself as a night-blooming Cereus, also called Queen of the Night. “That’s quite an aspiration, isn’t it? A big, beautiful desert cactus which blooms in one night and then that’s it. A one-shot wonder.” She added a little humor on the side, stating that she could also see herself as a Gunnera plant. “They look prehistoric and dangerous, but they are not – big and menacing maybe but gorgeous.”

Becca sees herself as one of her favorites, a succulent. “I prefer to be ignored,” she says, referencing on their ease of care. Just plant and forget. As gardeners, this can be an incredibly hard choice to make, but Amy also went with a succulent plant. “I’ve been growing succulents for years, well before the current trend. There are so many varieties with different shapes, colors and textures that it is impossible to get bored with them. Plus, they are generally low maintenance and easy to propagate.”

Liz would like to be a dandelion. “They’re small and bright and happy to grow anywhere, and while they might not be popular in every crowd, they’re really worth having around.” I couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate description. Meanwhile, Stacey chose a hydrangea simply because she loves them, and Laura said “I’d want to be a tall sunflower. As a human, I’m vertically challenged. As a sunflower, I could tower over all the plants in the garden and follow the sun from morning until dawn.”

And then, of course, there’s me. I’m different, always have been. I don’t go along with the mainstream and I like to bend the rules in the garden. Like Laura, I’m also vertically challenged, so my plant choice would have to be a climber, specifically a passion vine. The passion flower, which is unusual but beautiful, is known to have a number of benefits, calming one’s mind among them. I see myself as a friend that you can count on to calm those nerves. At the same time, passion vines have a stubborn streak and can be difficult to train (or conform). And I’m extremely passionate, especially when it comes to gardening or friends and family.

All of us connect to plants in the garden in some way. Maybe you’re drawn to a particular plant. Perhaps you relate by sharing similar characteristics. Whatever it may be, it’s fun to think about cause plants make us happy. And can also be a great way to help kids find their own connections to the plant world.

So, what plant are you?

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  • Jessica McCann
    Comment added June 10, 2020Reply

    I'd have to say Night Blooming Cereus, too! I recently read an amazing novel called THE SPEED OF LIFE by Anne Pete. The main character, Hope, has a fascination with the plant and cultivates/sells them from her green house. When Hope is diagnosed with Huntington's Disease (a fatal genetic neurodegenerative disease), she must come to terms with the reality of her life being cut tragically short. The book is beautiful and tragic, lyrical and inspiring - it has many interwoven themes regarding nature, Native American folklore (about how the Night Blooming Cereus came to be) and the idea of shining bright, living to your fullest, no matter how briefly. It's amazing! I know I'm not doing it justice, but it's the reason I'm now obsessed with this beautiful cactus. Here's a link to the book, for those interested. https://www.amazon.com/Speed-Life-Anne-Pete-ebook/dp/B084NVRHTW

  • Gail
    Comment added April 27, 2020Reply

    Pole beans... I scale high over obstacles and produce vigorously... keeping my family in perpetual abundance.

  • caroline
    Comment added April 21, 2020Reply

    i am a magnolia. silky,creamy,sturdy and with stamina.

  • Marvette
    Comment added April 21, 2020Reply

    I love big beautiful summer squash, and eggplants, love the color purple.

  • Odile
    Comment added April 20, 2020Reply

    It's not exactly a garden plant but I vibe real hard with Crotons

  • Liz west
    Comment added April 17, 2020Reply

    An iris. To see around and attract . Grows in small groups supporting each other. A family.

  • Kathy
    Comment added April 14, 2020Reply

    Lily of the valley

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