Green Fingers

I’m a big fan of nature, especially when it comes to plants. Everywhere that I’ve lived, even when I was limited to a tiny, third storey flat, I’ve always tried to have some sort of garden and greenery, be that a window box, indoor plants, or – where circumstance and space have allowed – flower beds, shrubbery, and vegetable plots.

There’s something about plants that helps me reconnect with the important things of life, particularly when it comes to growing and nurturing them. There is simply nothing quite like a cob of corn, that you’ve grown from seed, freshly plucked and straight into the pan; ripe tomatoes that you’ve cared for and nourished to the point where their fruits are ready to do the same for you, or the perfume from a bunch of sweet peas, filling the room, freshly cut that morning and still wet with dew.

Of course, plants can be challenging too, and I have to admit that the last couple of years for me have been far from fruitful – quite literally. Some quite bizzare weather, lack of time, a degree of bodily decrepitude, and plain bad luck have all conspired to produce some of the worst harvests I’ve ever had… Apart from the weeds and brambles – they’re doing incredibly well!

Conseqently, this year I decided not to bother at all to let the ground lay fallow, and instead, because I’m an idiot, concentrate on something a lot more difficult: Growing tropical plants from seed.

I’ve always loved tropical plants, particularly the weird and wonderful varieties, almost all of which are insanely difficult to cultivate, but what is life, without a challenge? On reflection though, I do wonder if I’ve bitten off more than I can chew on this occasion, because it’s not your common old spider plants for me. Nope I’ve gone for exotic in a big way: Ravenala, Strelitzia, Amorphophallus and, perhaps the most ridiculous choice of all, Rafflesia! Yes, I’m nuts, and of course, to date I’ve had absolutely no luck at all.

Well, not entirely. You see, one plant I’ve tried to grow many times in the past from seed and always failed miserably is the humble banana, so I simply had to give it another shot… And, amazingly, three of them germinated! OK, so two of them died shortly afterwards, thanks to my over-zealous watering, but one has survived and over the last 12 months has taken over the house. It’s now over 7 feet tall, and 6 feet across, and showing no signs of slowing its growth. So, there’s an important life lesson I really do need to grasp: Seren should not grow plants, they’ll either die or become Triffids, hell-bent on taking over the world!

Perhaps I should stick to virtual gardening instead? And, indeed, encouraged by my evil twin sister, Moon, I’ve gone and got myself a breedable plant. Now, I’ve always been a bit dubious about breedables, firstly because I’ve really never seen the appeal of them, and secondly – perhaps unfairly – my only real experience of them has been the occasional encounter with enormous sprawling pony, tiger, meero and wheat farms that uglify their surroundings with horrible multi-coloured hovertext, and server-sapping lag. Then there’s the wallet-emptying cycle of ‘special’ food and nutrients, without which your adorable little critter will curl up, wither, and die, meaning that you have a moral obligation to ensure the very best for your pixel pet, whilst your real ones make do with scraps and rubbish from the bin, neglected and forgotten. I could never really understand why people became so obsessed with them, to the extent of buying whole regions, just to show off their collection, and annoy the neighbours.

Maybe I’m exagerating a little, but for me breedables were always on my list of ‘things I’d rather not be associated with’. Until now.

Thankfully, my leafy breedable is a Plantpet – apparently one of the least obnoxious growables you’re ever likely to come across in SL. Unlike many others, there’s no irritating hovertext, no neccesity to mortgage your soul to keep them fed and watered to prevent them from shriveling up, and – provided you simply spend a couple of seconds to ‘water’ them (for free) when they get thirsty, they’ll reward you by growing and eventually by producing seeds, which you can sell. You might even get a super-duper-mega-rare-collectable-type seed, that you can sell for oodles of lindens, and – of course – that speaks to the business side of my brain. Many years ago there was a car advert – watch it here, I’ll wait – and that was me: I finally got into the idea of gacha resales about 10 years after everybody else, and about two weeks before The Lab pulled the plug on gacha machines! I reckon it could have been a nice little earner for me, or at least, it would have been if the supply hadn’t had its throat cut. I was gutted, and ever since then I’ve been looking for something to keep on the back-burner, ticking over and bringing in the occasional bit of pocket money, without all that tedious nonsense of having to be creative and mess around with mesh and textures. And, just maybe, this might be it!

Then again, it might come to nothing, and I just end up with a pile of seeds nobody wants to buy… but nothing ventured, and all that!

Anyway, must dash, I have a banana plant to placate!

s. x

Botanical creature stirs! Seeking revenge…
Royal beast did not forget
Soon they escaped, spreading their seed
Preparing for an onslaught
Threatening the human race

Genesis – Return Of The Giant Hogweed

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1 Response to Green Fingers

  1. Moon Inworld says:

    I find PlantPets addictive, and I’ve been watering yours along with mine. Thankfully they can’t be overwatered so they won’t die like my real-life tomato plants! 😇

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