the dark forces with trimmers and machete yielding, municipal workers. Only the Tamarindus indica in the photo, around thirty feet tall survived that first attack.
The activity took place before I learned abut guerrillagardening.org. The group, based in England defined what it is conceptually. If interested, go there and find out. Yours truly, not inclined to follow trends expanded the concept. Guerrilla gardening, besides being the practice of planting in spaces, private or public without a permit, could be expanded with a little vision.
I am not only interested in improving the appearance of any urban areas visible to pedestrians and drivers, but to create an inventory of plants, trees, bushes that will overcome the seasonal municipal butcher raids described above, including evident use of herbicides lately.
The plant selection is preferably self sown or those that will survive trimmer attacks as is now the rule. The photos show some examples with their botanical names.
Developing the concept for our horticultural situation in Puerto Rico, may or may not be significant for others, unless a wider scope in terms to my mantrra: flora and fauna. Plants from nurseries will not do.chose
The chosen ones have to tolerate drought/ heat in addition to the constant threat of the killing macheteros with trimmers. Vines are perfect since most destruction does not reach the root system, coming back after some time.
Two weeks ago I decided to experiment with creatures like Polyscias and Sanseverias, the trunk of the first can be ridden of their leaves surviving, the latter can stand the attack due to the fibrous nature of their thick leaves.
So what? Well, I am convinced by this silly activity in the eyes of the complacent segment of the gardening blog scene, that it is useful. Some of the vines have shown a possibility in terms of erosion control, Erosion takes place not only in soils used for agriculture, but those disturbed by construction, the number one murderers of flora and fauna in the urban and not so urban context.
That being written, lets move to the Caribbean. There are two blogs by an obscure Barbadian nincompoop. One about her garden, the other, pure aged nostalgia of what herself claimed Fashionista lost dreams. Buahaja bilingual laugh! Check them out.
I visit her blog for kicks, as I do with others. I thought something was wrong with her gardening practices/trajectory/credentials and egg shell ego after reading, observing a post about a Ficus pruned Puerto Rico fashion in her South American blog....buahaja...
This English blogger from Barbados--http://barbadosfromanotherview.blogspot.com-- has given me an intense mood of hilariousness. IF anyjuan paste and copy my criticism/view to the stupidity of any gardening practices--check her photo above--thinking that it will hurt me without any credentials/criteria worthy a grain of salt, you are mistaken. Anyone will achieve the opposite.....YOU MADE my day!
Not only was it published it in Random Post 7/31/12, http://antigonumcajaneveningpost.blogspot.com/2012/07/random-post.html, forever laughs, but here I present my own words and hers below.