|I did not accidentally buy these pansies.|
I have no idea why more gardeners aren’t talking about the many accidents that take place in garden centers, nurseries, big box stores, and even the grocery store. I have even heard about, and have personally experienced, accidents that take place while shopping on line for seeds, plants and even old gardening books.
Certainly garden center owners and other retailers aren’t talking about these accidents. In fact, there is evidence that they may actually be encouraging these accidents.
I am, of course, talking about the accidental purchase of plants, along with seeds, bulbs, tools, and even old gardening books, that every gardener experiences at least once, if not dozens of times, in their lives.
As with most accidents, we don’t expect them to happen. We wake up on a pretty spring day and decide to skip on down to the local garden center, whistling a happy tune, to buy some onion sets to plant in the vegetable garden. Then, without warning, there is a display of the prettiest violas we’ve ever seen blocking our path to the cashier. We stop. We slow down. We know we have entered a danger zone. We try to be careful, alert, cautious. We try to think and not just react. But the accident happens anyway.
Yes, we accidentally buy the violas.
Sometimes it is just a little accident, and we buy just one or two violas. Or other times it is a big accident and we are forced to go get a cart and accidentally buy one or two or three flats of violas.
Once we get home, we may try to hide the accidental purchase from others, like a person who accidentally twists their ankle and tries not to limp. Or we deny it was an accident, telling everyone that we actually intended to buy all those violas, even though we already had violas everywhere in the garden.
We have these accidents over and over again. Yet no one is talking about them, writing about them, or doing one darn thing to prevent them. I’ve observed them for myself among a wide range of gardeners from coast to coast, including Leslie,who has had many accidents with succulents; Dee, who can trip over a rose or daylily without warning; Gail,who has had more than one fall over wildflowers; Frances, who has many paper cuts on books by Piet Oudolf; Layanee, who lately has had accidents related to fairy gardens for her granddaughter; Cindy, who has had accidents involving metal garden art both at the garden center and in her own garden;, Kathy, who has tripped on more than one colchicum bulb; and Mary Ann who almost needs a bodyguard to help her avoid accidents at her local garden center.
I myself will admit to accidents involving plants, seeds, bulbs, gardening tools, especially hoes, and old gardening books.
Most gardeners recover quickly from these accidents, which is good, based on the number of such accidents that happen. But we never learn to be careful. It is never safe. Conspiracy theorists think that those doing the selling of plants, seeds, old gardening books, new gardening books, gardening tools, bulbs, pots, greenhouses, etc. are actually looking for new ways to make these accidents continue to happen.
Plants are arriving daily in the garden centers as Spring arrives. Fellow gardeners, please be careful. Accidents can and will happen. Learn to recover quickly, and be ready for the next one.