flowering plants, philosophy

What a Day Yesterday was!

I had a fun time yesterday, but I’m glad I’d planned it so well, it could have gone sideways fast! Yesterday I knew the main thing I had to do for the day, the number one must do item. This ‘thing’ was to attend a forum, for which there was a quite handy payment, simply for taking part.

I’m not an idiot, if somebody wants to give me money simply for giving my opinion, I’m not going to say no! The venue is not close to where I live, but it’s in a place I feel connected to, to some extent. Another venue I was thinking of visiting soon, was on the way, sort of, so I thought if I go to that venue but didn’t stay too long, then it would make the long drive more worth it.

So that’s what I did, I drove to Nuriootpa to visit someone I went to school with, to buy some plants that sounded great, and were at a great price, and after that, I drove on to Clare for the forum. The plants were at the Mitre 10 store, where my former schoolmate works, and we had a lovely chat and have decided to catch up again properly, soon! (Thanks Debbie!) Combining these two events in the one trip made much more sense, with the number of kilometers driven.

I now have four more ‘pigs face’ plants, and these new plants are all in different colours to the one we already have at home. The idea of being able to get these in colours different to the one we already have was the thing that made it seem worthwhile, and only $2.50 per pot, a bargain! They will look lovely once they really get growing, and are planted up in hanging baskets on our back patio … So Debbie and I chatted, and when it was time to, I put the plants in my car and headed off to Clare.

Then the forum. There were seven other attendees, plus two people organising things, and we all worked to getting some new ideas thought about, and with different ideas about how it could go. The eight of us were split into two groups, and even though we weren’t all that well known to each other, it all went along very well indeed. It will be interesting to see whether next year, any of the things we did come into fruition.

So we worked, thought, perhaps ate a choc chip cookie or two, and then the time was up. It was getting dark by that time, and I was reminded of two things, that I’d got myself lost in the Barossa region previously, and that I really am not keen on driving in unfamiliar places at night, especially when it was raining. Last night the rain had well and truly arrived.

Anyway, I kept on driving, with the GPS in my mobile phone keeping me on track, but gee was I glad to get home. My husband was still up, even though it was getting quite late, but we were both happy to head off to bed, soon after I arrived home, after watching some of the show on the TV.

I forgot about the plants in my car until after lunch today, and I’m glad it was quite a mild day, and that I finally did remember them, and take them around to the back yard, where most of our pot plants are. One of the new plants isn’t flowering yet, but one of the people from Mitre 10 yesterday, showed me what they look like, quite a gentle pink, which will go nicely indeed!

So talking, thinking, ideas, a friend from the past (and possibly into the future too), plus new plants, payment for a job well done, and new plants, what a good day that was, made even better than it may have been, with some planning. I am currently thinking about the philosophy of the Stoics, who value planning, thinking on their day’s things to come, and then thinking on the day that has been.

So consider this blog post a part of my philosophical musings …

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6 thoughts on “What a Day Yesterday was!

  1. What is this ‘pigface’ that I keep hearing about, and why would anyone spend money on it? Is it type of Carpobrotus? When I need it for bank stabilization, I just take the scraps that get pruned off the edge of an established bank, and plug it in where I need it.

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    • It’s probably the same plant, Tony, but it isn’t native to Australiam so isn’t quite as widespread as it may be where you live. I certainly don’t have it wile anywhere I live, there are not ‘established banks’ around me, just paddocks mostly …
      I was intrigued by the different colours, I’ve only had the bright pink one I currently have in two baskets. Mesembryanthemum is its proper name.

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      • OOOOOOH! Mesembryrantemum is actually what we know as iceplant. It is much prettier. I was thinking that it was Carpobrotus, which is only pink, yellow, or somewhere in between. It is a very useful plant for freeway embankments. It has naturalized on the coast and covers dunes, and hangs over cliffs. It is also pretty plant in its own way (even if invasive) but not known for being colorful Mesembryantehemum is pretty enough for cultivated home gardens, and can also be used for small scale ground cover. It does not naturalize without watering though.

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  2. Thanks Tony, we’re going to put two plants each in two hanging baskets we currently have, needing something live to brighten things up. I think the two differently coloured flowers will go well together!

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