Looking for garden wisdom: send me superstitions and sayings

Looking for garden wisdom: send me superstitions and sayings

After blogging about my own personal Murphy's Law of Gardening (if I buy plants, they tend to die), two friends offered to let me dig up some plants in their yards.

I'm now nursing transplanted shasta daisies, coneflowers, black-eyed susans, wild geraniums and some other things that I don't remember the names of.

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One plant-giving friend is Kathy Wallig (of quilting fame) and she was full of gardening maxims - for instance, she shushed me when I tried to thank her, saying that if you thank someone giving you plants, the plants will die.

I had never heard that one, or the one about "$5 plant, $50 hole," although it makes sense.

And, my favorite was one on a paver that looked like the photo in this blog post. Now that's my kind of garden maxium.

OK, experienced gardners - what other important superstitions and maxims do I need to know as I try to turn myself into a gardener?




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elippitz wrote on May 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

If you remember to water your plants they will probably live longer. Something I cannot, for whatever reason, remember to do regularly.

Meg Dickinson wrote on May 17, 2012 at 10:05 am
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Ah, yes, I sometimes have trouble with that one, too. But I'm trying!

rsp wrote on May 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm

My mother's comment: my plants don't like me to swear at them, they're sensitive.

Meg Dickinson wrote on May 25, 2012 at 8:05 am
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Ha, probably not a bad thing to keep in mind!