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11/03/2014 at 14:48

I'm serious  I once heard that Prince Charles talks to his plants and while gently persuading my sweet peas to be nice and grow for me outside, I wondered if was just me that was bonkers or is it a gardening thing?? 

11/03/2014 at 15:01

They respond well to Thrash Metal, apparently. I bet the neighbours will love that.

11/03/2014 at 15:01

Is that the scientific approach Edd 

11/03/2014 at 15:03

Well, I tell them they're looking gorgeous if they are, or try to be encouraging if they're not, and cuss at the deep rooted weeds as I get them out, so I reckon that you and HRH are in good company 

11/03/2014 at 15:07

Oh I talk to the plants all the time, and my trowel, the toaster, washing on the line...


They're the only ones that'll listen!

11/03/2014 at 15:15
Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)

Is that the scientific approach Edd 

Apparently so Tracey. It was on Mythbusters.

"Seven small greenhouses were set up on the M5 Industries roof. Four were set up with stereos playing endlessly looping recordings (as having the MythBusters actually talk to the plants could contaminate the samples with their expelled carbon dioxide): Two of negative speech, two of positive speech (Kari and Scottie each made one positive and one negative inducing soundtrack), a fifth with classical music and a sixth with intense death metal music. A seventh greenhouse, used as a control sample, had no stereo. The greenhouses with the recordings of speech grew better than the control, regardless of whether such talk was kind or angry. The plants in the greenhouse with the recording of classical music grew better, while the plants in the greenhouse with the recording of intense death metal grew best of all despite somewhat dying, because the battery died on one of the timers that was watering the plants."

Result = Plausible  

11/03/2014 at 15:16

I'm with you Clarington, I talk to inanimate objects all the time too (and curse occasionally when they get in way and/or I stub my toe on them) But I talk to my plants as well, all the time. OH thinks I'm off my head and to be honest I don't know if it makes a blind bit of difference, but I'm not going to stop talking to them just in case they really can hear me!!

11/03/2014 at 15:23

Well, I'm so relieved it isn't just me  I also speak to inanimate objects, especially when in the way, but I wasn't go to admit that until someone else did

11/03/2014 at 15:28

It's okay Tracey, I'll be the first one to admit to being quirky!

11/03/2014 at 15:55

Do some people not talk to their plants?


11/03/2014 at 15:58

few and far between I reckon nut 

11/03/2014 at 16:17

Of course.  It would be impolite not to.

Sometimes they answer back! 

11/03/2014 at 16:43

Yes.   It's when you hear them talking to you you know you're in trouble.

11/03/2014 at 17:02

 Yep, of course


11/03/2014 at 17:59

Apparently an experiment similar to that described above, but just involving music found that the music of Cliff Richards kills plants.

11/03/2014 at 18:17

Doesn't surprise me art. I'd lose the will to live too...

I just threaten mine. Grow or you're out. 

Seems to work well enough 

11/03/2014 at 18:19

FG, I do the same; 'you're not paying rent here, shape up or ship out!'

As to the music of Cliff Richards, I reckon those plants are topping themselves.

11/03/2014 at 18:24


Yes - you have to be ruthless. If it's not doing the job - out it goes. Same with men....

11/03/2014 at 18:27


11/03/2014 at 18:31

Thats a relief, glad its not just me. Talk to all sorts of things.

Lol Cliff Richard it music 

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