Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Miscellaneous Weeds Gardening

On the veranda of my flat in Tokyo, I have several pots of plants. These were originally purchased in gardening shops, featuring the benjamin fig, orange, camellia tree, and other plant species of interest.

With the passage of time, some of these plants sadly perish. Some are flourishing, while some are in states of constant transitions the outcomes of which are still not clear to this writer.

Whatever the fates of the main inhabitants, I have one "pot policy". When miscellaneous weeds find their way into the pot, I do not get rid of them. I let them grow.

Many plant seeds have managed to land in the tiny soil in my pots whether by the whims of winds, or birds. It is fascinating to watch how different plant species fight for soil spaces and then settle to co-exist. The pots thus left alone are quite enjoyable gems of ecology.

Something uncontrollable, and yet by nature so peaceful. Like our own minds.

I regard this "miscellaneous weeds gardening" as one of the greatest achievements of my otherwise lamentable idleness.

The result of miscellaneous weeds gardening in one of the pots.


Anonymous said...

I think an intellectual is always curious.
Enjoying a gaze of   various weeds sounds heartwarming.      And also,an artificial frog looks fun.

I want to be a generous person like you.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that somebody has finally described the practice of MWG (Miscellaneous Weeds Gardening). We have inadvertently applied MWG in our entire garden. Although I mention this with 'tongue in cheeck', we have always felt slightly guilty about not clearing weeds from the garden properly, but now that we find this is a world-wide practice, we feel less guilty and quite fashionable. OK, we should probably do something about those bushes in the far corner (I am not sure, but I think I heard something growling there - it could be a lion, or maybe a squirrel). On a serious note though, not too long ago we were driving along the freeway. With us, was a friend from Sweden. She was quite surprised at the amount of Arum Lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) that grows along the road. They are not cultivated or tended to and they flourish - like weeds. Our friend mentioned that in Sweden, Arum Lilies are so expensive that they are only purchased for very special occasions (like weddings and funerals). In the Western Cape however, they are so abundant (along rivers, streams and in wet places) that people don't often plant them in their gardens. So what we see as weeds, others see as exotic and expensive!

Anonymous said...

Miscellaneous planting sounds like the establishment of society consisting of heterogenous people.
Your weeds gardening, in other words, simulates the property of the existing society.
Values-unified society has dooms to come down from the history. Heterozigosity is one of the most important factors to cherish the well-being.
Go J. Yoshida
A Medical Student of Keio University