I think sometimes that the word ‘February’ actually means ‘fear of winter not ending’.
We do begin to see subtle signs of spring around here in February, like these little tiny crocus leaves coming up.
And we start to notice just a hint of daylight in the eastern sky as we drive to work in the morning. Or some days, like today, temperatures actually get up to the 50’s and we can leave our coats unbuttoned.
But as soon as we think that spring is just around the corner, we are likely to get hit by a big snowstorm and then we think that winter, February, will never end.
Did you know that the fear of snow is called chionophobia, and that there are some actual fears that some people might have that could keep them from gardening?
The biggie would be the fear of plants, which is called botanophobia according to The Phobia List. How could anyone even live with a fear of plants?
Are you afraid of trees? That’s called dendrophobia. And if you are afraid of the entire forest, you suffer from hylophobia, unless you are only afraid of the forest at night, then you have nyctohylophobia, and you really should consider a home on the prairie.
For those who don’t have vegetable gardens, maybe you suffer from lachanophobia, the fear of vegetables?
Someone who has misophobia, the fear of being contaminated with dirt or germs, wouldn’t be much use as a gardener, would they? And people who have seplophobia, a fear of decaying matter, probably avoid having compost bins in their garden.
I could not find ‘fear of gardens’ any where on this list. Does that mean that no one has ever feared gardens? Or just that this listmaker hasn’t found a reference to it yet?
Assuming there is no previously defined word meaning ‘fear of gardens’, let’s figure out, right here and now, what that word should be.
Per the list maker, ‘phobia’ is a Greek word and proper phobia names use a Greek word combined with ‘phobia’. Doing some online search, I came across the Greek word paradeisos which means ‘royal garden’.
Therefore, I hereby declare that the fear of gardens is paradeisosphobia, pronounced ‘pair-a-dice-o-phobia’.
Also missing from the phobia list is a word for ‘fear of gardening’. Further research on Greek words turns up kipourikos for ‘gardening’, so the fear of gardening shall be called kipourikosphobia, which I suggest we pronounce ‘key-pour-eh-ko-phobia’. Put the accent on whichever syllable seems right to you.
I pray no one suffers from paradeisosphobia or kipourikosphobia, and that soon spring will be here. I bet you do, too, especially if the arrival of spring means fewer of these kinds of posts about gardening subjects that only come up when one is stuck inside in the winter time!
Anyway, my crocuses are starting to come up.