The last time I ever planted anything with full care, attention and extra love was when I did my degree. Back then, as usual, when you are on your own, di perantauan, you will pledge to do anything to distract you as much as possible. Just to ensure that we won't be tooooooo home sick.
In my college days, I was actually one of the members of the GreenThumb Club. Not very much people knew this, including my family members. HohohHOHohOHO... During my time in the club, I did learn laa a few tips here and there as regards to gardening. :P
My first attempt was to purchase two flower plants from ASDA. The one that already have some flowers on it. Nama pokok, I can't remember. Since I have only dealt with plants that live in hot and humid weather, I AM kinda n00b in choosing the best flower that could last all four seasons laa kan. I did not do any background research at all. I was doing my groceries shopping, thought that I had extra cash and voila~ I picked two flower pots, one with pink and the other with purple flowers.
Aaaa.. here's the thing, came early winter, the two plants withered. I was kinda sad jugak laa since I've make sure that I've given enough sunlight and warmth. Bile dah mati baru I did some search and realised that they were both seasonal plant. Sigh~
Not too long after my flower pots were left with only its pots and some dirt, I got hold on a tulip bulb. It was a gift from Kak Nadia who just got back from her Europe trip. She told me that I should start planting it soon (it was winter at that time) to prepare it to bloom in Springs.
So tanam I did.
In just a couple of weeks I could see tiny green shoot coming out of the bulb. Giler excited I became. It did came across my mind that just maybe.. maybe I could see my tulip bloom its flower even before Springs.
Because I was desperate to see it's first bloom (ni kes mmg jakun nak tgk tulip laa ni), I thought to myself maybe I could help to speed up the 'flowering' process. At that point, the tulip had grown many leaves. So here was what I did wrong. One morning, I'd decided to to water it with Ribena juice instead of water. Adeh~ yes yes.. you didn't read it wrong. It is 'Ribena'. In my mind, I thought if I watered it with glucose, it don't need to work so hard to produce glucose. And so the tulip could focus more on growing its flower. In just two days, all it leaves turned brown and there were many tiny green insects helping themselves happily with the leaves. Sighhhh~
I did realise that 'gardening' has indeed a strong connection or link to our lives.
For example, nak masak you need knowledge. Nak take care of kids you need knowledge too. Whether you got it from words of mouth or through reading, we just have to get the knowledge. Without knowledge you can't even beramal correctly. I remember I did some solat sunat right after solat sunat witir simply because at that time I didn't know. Just like my flower plants, I thought they were the best of plant that could cheer me up every morning. But little that I know, they would withered half way through.
And the best thing that I've learned from 'gardening' is - THERE IS NO SHORT CUT IN THIS LIFE. Trust me. Konon-konon nak 'help' the tulip plant laa. But what I did was totally the opposite. Kesian the tulip... Say for example, you want to be rich so that you could help the poor. While there are the easy way to becoming one, apa guna if the money is not halal. And of course, more importantly,to me there is just no easy exit to heaven. In this life, you not only have to fight against your own Nafs, there are the Syaitan to double the trouble. In other words, you just have to work hard to find a spot in heaven. There is just no short cut. It's the price you have to pay for such great reward.
I wonder if I should start a research on how one could fast tracked the speed of a plant to grow their flowers. Hurmmm~ :P