Wannabe gardener, or consumer trap?

Today was a gorgeous fall day and we went to the Van Dusen Botanical Garden to go for a walk and see the Mushroom Show being put on by the local Mycological Society. They had this lovely display outside the showroom of a “mushroom garden” and DD set to work immediately, looking through her Mushroom Book and trying to find pictures of the mushrooms she saw.

After the show we went for a walk through the gardens. They are lovely any time of year but fall is particularly spectacular, especially the Maple section with some stunningly gorgeous red Japanese Maples.

Back in 1998 I lived in a “garden suite” and had a little yard in which I experimented with gardening. I enjoyed it, but had a hard time keeping up with the work it required. Lately, with trying to decide if I want to live in a house, thoughts of gardening return. At the Botanical Garden today I felt inspired. But at the end of our walk we ended up in the gift shop. There were books and gardening tools and lovely ornaments for your garden. There were cute rubber boots, pretty planters and baskets, and many varieties of bulbs and seeds. And I thought to myself that if I had a garden, here is an entire shop full of things that I would suddenly find a need for. Right now, pretty much nothing in there is useful to me, but if I had the space I probably would have made some purchases. And it occured to me that maybe it’s not that I really want to garden, but that I’ve fallen into another consumer trap, making me want something that I really could live without. I’m not sure yet, but it is something to think about. <img src="http://photos1.blogger.com/pbp.gif" alt="Posted by Picasa" style="border: 0px none ; padding: 0px; background: transparent none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;" align="

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