For those of you who think
I am totally mad.
my unwillingness to cut flowers
began with a tree, twice the size of this
and a chain like this
hanging from the branches
and a gentle old lady
The tree was an almond tree and it was covered in fruit.
The wonderfully gentle elderly woman reached up
and picked a handful of the dried fruit and
showed me how to discover the nut inside.
Twice, I hit my head on the chains that were hanging
from one of the branches
(rather nasty, rusty old chain with three heavy strands
attached to a ring large enough to put your hand into)
Being the curious type I asked why it was hanging there
"Oh, dear, that's the tree beater"
"The tree beater,
when we first came here, 50 years ago,
the tree didn't bear fruit
so after a few years
my Jack put this chain together for me and each year
I beat the tree, every day for a week, around the trunk,
and it has never failed to produce a crop like this."
Well I did have to ask why, didn't I?!
The answer was that apparently almond trees
bear more fruit if they are stressed
and beating the trunk with a heavy chain rope
stresses the tree
Now the problem is that I have never forgotten that
and I figure if someone beat me with a chain
I would be stressed to
it would hurt!!!!!!
the question is
do you think it is possible that plant life might feel pain?
Just in case the answer is yes I no longer
go on the attack with the secateurs!!!!!
What do you think?