Appalachia

Do You Talk To Your Plants?

My life in appalachia - red hot pokers

Do you ever talk to your plants? Or do your plants ever talk to you? I know at least one of you have talking plants because B.Ruth left this comment on Sunday:

Tipper, As I was transplanting some periwinkles this early afternoon, I saw my Red Hot Pokers sending up stalks like crazy. I immediately thought of those by the silo near Murphy, and you and our picture game, and then of course Pap and wondering how he was feeling and improving by this Sunday afternoon…It was almost like they were garnering my attention AND saying to me, “Remember Murphy and your friends there, and send up another prayer for Pap”! As yesterday evening they were very short, barely noticeable! Yes, I believe plants talk to us in their way! I have never had so many stalks before…but I could only think of you and your family in Brasstown and of course Pap… Thinking of you tonight and hoping things are going well! Love you guys, B.Ruth

I have a friend who swears the ferns on her porch are so pretty because she whispers sweet nothings to them. She even claims the ferns love her so much that they call her name as she walks by.

I’ve heard one of my aunts refer to plants as ‘him’ or ‘her’ – example: “I planted him last summer just look at the blooms on him this year.”

Chatter and I were walking back from Pap’s about dusky dark last night when I pointed out our neat rows of bean seed that had suddenly sprung from the ground. They look like tiny green soldiers reaching into the sky already aspiring to reach the wire hanging above them. Chatter said “Oh my little ones grow good now.” Chatter loves those little green ones because she helped plant them and because she knows the bountiful goodness they will produce for us as summer comes on.

Pap is home. I cannot begin to express the love Blind Pig Readers have sent sailing our way. And I cannot begin to express how thankful I am and how humbled Pap and I are that you’d go out of your way to pray and care for him-for me-for us all.

In the wind up-Pap suffered a bad fall which left 2 fractures in his left hip and a heart attack brought on by the pain from the accident. He’s slowly recovering and with the love you’ve spread his way I have no doubt but that he’ll continue to improve.

Tipper

 

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44 Comments

  • Reply
    Suzi Phillips
    May 19, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    So happy to hear your news about Pap!! You can’t keep a good man down-

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    Peggy Lambert
    May 19, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Glad to hear your Papa is home and he is feeling better and you don’t have to travel the long trip to Asheville any more.
    Yes, I talk to my plants and I also talk to the weeds. I tell them right before I pull them out of the ground, sorry to do this because I wouldn’t have to do it if Adam and Eve hadn’t sinned , but anyway a weed is just a flower out of place.
    Love in Christ
    Peggy L.

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    Ron Banks
    May 19, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    I’m very happy to hear your dad is home and we will continue to pray for a speedy recovery!

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    James Pease
    May 19, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Dear Tipper:
    Wow- what a relief to find out that Pap is back home. Get a Guitar in his hands as soon as possible. When they found out I could play, the stuck a guitar in my hands and it was like magic. God used the tools we call mathematics and music to build the universe! WE will still be praying for him for some time to come.
    with love from your brother jim (the Steppingstones)

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    Miss Cindy
    May 19, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Yep, Pap’s a tough ole bird! I knew that, I’ve seen that and now I see it again. Two fractures AND a heart Attack….that’s a lot for one man, but then Pap is an extraordinary man who keeps close contact with his maker.
    Tip, I’ve been known to talk to house plants. It goes something like this, ” If you don’t straighten up and grow like your supposed to it’s going to be over the banister with you” meaning into the back woods.

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    Tom
    May 19, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    We are so glad that Pap is back home and on the road to a speedy recovery! Still praying for all of you. Yes, Tipper we care about all of you! Thank you for letting us be part of the Blind Pig Family. A very special family if I must say so myself!

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    Mary Lou McKiliip
    May 19, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Tipper. prayers for your Dad, he is such a good singer and musician.
    Love all your post.

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    Mary Lou McKiliip
    May 19, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Tipper. prayers for your Dad, he is such a good singer and musician.
    Love all your post.

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    Mary Lou McKiliip
    May 19, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Tipper. prayers for your Dad, he is such a good singer and musician.
    Love all your post.

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    Mary Lou McKiliip
    May 19, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Tipper. prayers for your Dad, he is such a good singer and musician.
    Love all your post.

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    Bob and Inez Jones
    May 19, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    So thankful to hear ‘Pap” is home. We will continue holding him up in our prayers.Tell him to do everything the doctors tell him because we want to hear his beautiful voice joining Paul and the rest of the Blind Pig and Acorn clan again doing more great music. Praying for his complete recovery, Bob and Inez Jones

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    Ed Ammons
    May 19, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Tell Pap I said he needs to quit climbing over the fence now and start going through the gate.
    This morning’s news gave today a bright beginning. I will continue to pray for a rapid recovery for your dad.
    I don’t talk to my plants but I do talk about them sometimes. Lately it’s been the onions.

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    Charline
    May 19, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Very good news that Pap is home!

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    FerneK
    May 19, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Good morning, everyone. I don’t comment very often, but I read all your comments and Tipper’s blog every day. The Blind Pig family is an important part of my life. I have also been sending up prayers for Pap’s recovery, and am glad that he’s home and recovering. Thoughts and prayers will continue.

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    Susie Swanson
    May 19, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I’m so glad to hear papa is at home and doing better. I’ve had ya’ll on my mind so much and sending up many prayers. Hope ya’ll get some rest as well, as it can really bring ur body down. Thank God for answered prayers.

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    Wanda Devers
    May 19, 2015 at 11:12 am

    I do talk to my plants, especially in the garden but some of them don’t listen very well.
    I’m so glad Pap got to come home. He’ll be so much more comfortable. Praying for him & all the family.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    May 19, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Tipper:
    WHAT A WONDERFUL POST! So happy things are growing n your gardens and GOING BETTER for your Dad.
    I would love to be over next weekend BUT we are celebrating Jacob’s 18th birthday and his graduation from high school. THEN we have an excursion to France – as he has studied the FRENCH language since second grade – so now he can ‘show his stuff’- except he is very reserved and will probably be shy with strangers!
    But it will be fun!
    Eva Nell

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    Ken
    May 19, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Tipper,
    I talk to my plants alot, mostly
    with kindness. Yesterday, I got
    some tillering done and the rain,
    wind, and dark clouds came over
    the Robbinsville Mountains and run me out. This was after the Sun went down. I ain’t got nothing planted yet, but I’m working on it.
    Glad Pap’s home, prayers do work!
    And I know everybody feels a
    whole lot better…Ken

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    Bob Aufdemberge
    May 19, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Glad to hear Pap’s doing better. I gather that he and I are about the same age, so I can relate to his troubles.
    No, can’t say I ever talk to plants, too busy talking to myself I guess.

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    Gayle Larson
    May 19, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Will keep the prayers going til Pap is back pickin in the kitchen.

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    Don Casada
    May 19, 2015 at 10:20 am

    As Mama and Daddy used to say when getting back from a trip (even if only a day)…”Home again, home again, jiggety-jog”
    The worn-out saw is nonetheless true – there is no place like home. So glad that is where Pap is today.
    I can’t say that I talk, at least not in spoken word, to my plants, but I will stand and admire and encourage them in both their younger and old age days, or feel bad for a corn stalk blown over by a thunderstorm’s fury. And as Jim says, I certainly will think ill thoughts of the weeds (in my case, crabgrass is ahead of bermuda in the most despised category).
    I’m not at all surprised that Chatter would speak kindly to her “little green ones.” You may have to call on Chitter to rebuke the weeds that will come 😉

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    Tamela
    May 19, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Talking to the plants is a good thing. Sometimes they are the only ones who will listen (God’s ears)although they like to hear good things too, just like God. Other times they simply remind me to look to the sun (Son); and if you are not in the right place, keep moving to try to find it (send out runners, disperse your seed/offspring) because there is special place and special companions for each of us.

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    Bill Burnett
    May 19, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I replanted beans yesterday for second time, if these don’t come up I will be talking to them but you won’t be able to publish the conversation.

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    ron creager
    May 19, 2015 at 9:36 am

    So glad to hear the good news about Pap. Will continue to keep him in prayer, ron

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    Ron Stephens
    May 19, 2015 at 9:23 am

    In the book of Job an interesting thing happens when he talks to his friends. For just a few verses he is talking to them then switches to talking to God. For believers I think if one only knew that is common. Talking to plants is, so to speak, a preamble.
    Funny this should be your post today. I was out in the garden earlier talking to the radishes. My wife comes out and says, “Who are you talking to ?”
    Glad to hear Pap is home. No doubt in my mind that’s the second best thing for his recovery with the first being divine intervention.

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    Pamela Danner
    May 19, 2015 at 9:21 am

    So happy to hear that Pap is back home and recuperating.Hope and prayers he continues to improve. Being home in his own environment and having his loved ones close is the best medication for him.
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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    Shirl
    May 19, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I don’t talk to my plants but they are included in the conversation I have with my dogs on a daily basis. The dogs know I’m talking to them, not sure if the plants hear and appreciate my concern as I yell, “bad dog, get out of my flower bed.”
    I’m so glad Pap is home where he can get better care than any hospital can provide! We love you, Pap!

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    Mommar6
    May 19, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Thank you for the Pap update. You might not want to talk to your plants in front of him. He may think you both need a padded room. Seriously though, I’m so glad he’s on the mend!

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    Sue Crane
    May 19, 2015 at 8:58 am

    When I talk to my plants it’s usually a prayer ’cause I have a BLACK thumb. Roy could poke a stick in the ground and it would grow, but not me
    So happy and thankful to hear your beloved Pap is home. The problem will be keeping him taking it easy.

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    Kerry in GA
    May 19, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Guilty. I talk to my plants & flowers. Praying that Pap continues to improve. 🙂

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    dolores
    May 19, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Secretly, I have spoken to some of my plants. Lest someone think I am crazy, I do it in a whisper, just in case someone is around me. I am currently in love with my Calla lilies popping out of the ground. I will continue to pray that Pap have a full recovery; it will take time especially as we age. Watch those ladders. God bless!

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    Vickie
    May 19, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I’m so glad to hear Pap is doing better! What a great time of year to recuperate….when everything is fresh and new.

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    Darlene Debty Kimsey
    May 19, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Please tell your Dad I’m thinking about him and praying.

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    Patsy
    May 19, 2015 at 8:11 am

    My aunt has a next door neighbor who has the greenest thumb ever. Her plants are beautiful. When asked her planting secret she told my aunt when she plants she just says “grow damn you or die”. Hahaha (excuse the curse)!

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    Susan C
    May 19, 2015 at 7:49 am

    I think I need to talk to my plants more often. Maybe that’s the secret to a green thumb. Extremely glad to hear that Pap is back home and improving. The best One to talk to is God above.

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    b. Ruth
    May 19, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Tipper,
    I am so glad that Pap is home and improving. He is still very sore, I am sure. Resting up will help but also moving around is helpful as well, at least as he is able to do it.
    I’m glad your beans are doing well. Roy has our site cleaned off where he wants to put them. He also acquired these very long bean poles…We are late this year due to the weather, planting dates and sickness in our family too…Soon those beans will be in the ground. Warm soil makes beans jump up so fast it even confuses the deer and rabbits…at least we hope so…Some critter chewed on our leeks and even a few of our gourd seed. Dug some seed up after I planted them and had to replant…so don’t know if they will pop up and grow…
    As soon as it quits raining, I’m going out there and give them a good talking to!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…tell Pap to just relax, get better and watch the garden grow for a while!

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    Sheryl Paul
    May 19, 2015 at 7:29 am

    So happy to hear that Pap is home and improving. I talk to my plants, sometimes I will give them a scolding too. They always seem to listen. I also play them music too. One of my dear friends has an organic farm, they play music all th he time for them. Their lettuce and tomatoes are the sqeetest. Of course they plant only heirloom, perhaps this is why.

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    Sheryl Paul
    May 19, 2015 at 7:29 am

    So happy to hear that Pap is home and improving. I talk to my plants, sometimes I will give them a scolding too. They always seem to listen. I also play them music too. One of my dear friends has an organic farm, they play music all th he time for them. Their lettuce and tomatoes are the sqeetest. Of course they plant only heirloom, perhaps this is why.

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    Sheryl Paul
    May 19, 2015 at 7:29 am

    So happy to hear that Pap is home and improving. I talk to my plants, sometimes I will give them a scolding too. They always seem to listen. I also play them music too. One of my dear friends has an organic farm, they play music all th he time for them. Their lettuce and tomatoes are the sqeetest. Of course they plant only heirloom, perhaps this is why.

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    Sheryl Paul
    May 19, 2015 at 7:29 am

    So happy to hear that Pap is home and improving. I talk to my plants, sometimes I will give them a scolding too. They always seem to listen. I also play them music too. One of my dear friends has an organic farm, they play music all th he time for them. Their lettuce and tomatoes are the sqeetest. Of course they plant only heirloom, perhaps this is why.

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    Barb Wright
    May 19, 2015 at 7:20 am

    I talk to my plants..after all, they are living things! I think in their own way,they respond. I have been praying for Pap,as well as the rest of you. He sounds like he is indeed a tough old bird to do what he did. I hope his positive attitude continues throughout his recovery. God bless your family!

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    roger fingar
    May 19, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Good news!!!! That’ll make our day today, too! Your Pap will still be in our prayers and thoughts.

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    Jim Casada
    May 19, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Tipper–I converse with my plants on a regular basis and commune with nature in a similar fashion. Mind you, there are some plants that need a tongue lashing, not kind words. Bermuda grass (a.k.a.wire grass) is at the top of the list, with crab grass not far behind. Higher up the chain, size-wise, are sweet gums.
    Even some favored plants require the occasional lecture, judge like a wayward kid. Pumpkins tend to get too big for their britches and run everywhere, tomatoes want to grow too many suckers, and the Nantahala runner beans I got from Ken Roper several years ago would, I am fairly certain, climb to the top of a high wire tower in a month.
    Delighted to hear that Pap is back home and I hope he continues on the mend. Just being surrounded by good vibes and good music surely will help.
    Jim Casada

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    TimMc
    May 19, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Good to hear he’s home, hospitals are good when you need them but the real rest comes when you can get back home. Believe Me We Know.. Hope and Pray he continues to improve. It’s gonna take some time to recover and you all are still in our thoughts and prayers.. I cannot say I ever talk to plants before,, I’d be afraid guys in white coats would come get me.. 😉

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