I had to remember that a lot of the plants were cactus. This one was really beautiful and after taking a few pictures of it, I reached out to touch it (IDK WHY?!). Maggie tried to warn me by shouting, ‘No tocar! No tocar!” but it was to late.
I stood there picking the pricks out of my finger for a while.
While I was in Virginia I came across this funny looking fruit from a nearby tree. I typed in Brain Plant in Google and came up with this:
it’s called monkey brain
It comes from a Osage Orange Tree
It first started growing in America in the states of Texas and Oklahoma
It’s not a threat to nearby plants and it’s considered an old fashion plant
(I did not touch it nor bring it to my face) but supposing it smells like a citrus fruit
It is full of seeds that you can eat but it’s best to stay away from the pulp and extra plant material
(A huge shout out to my my Sister, April, who invited me!)
Before I left home, I grabbed my camera, praying I will be inspired.
Inspired, I was! The very essence of inspiration was in the air. To start things off, the weather was simply beautiful.
And to tie into the spring feeling, there were so many people happy and eager to talk to you about their careers and how much gardening meant to them. I met gardeners, innovators, teachers, students, architects, historians, cooks, two happy babies, musicians, photographers, and to top things off I ran into Gustimo’s co-founder, Martina Kenworthy, who embarked on a new career with Slow Foods.
The love for healthy food brought us all together.
In the middle of the day I found myself in the garden’s auditorium listening to the president of the garden, Scot Medbury. He said, being around plants and beauty really brings you to your best self and I sat there hoping I would soon join this community of people who didn’t mind soil and seeds.