Shocking Revelation

I am still reeling from some information I received today. It just occurred to me to look and see if today’s Daily Prompt would fit for this situation.  Revelation is perfect!

For the last month, I’ve been looking forward to taking a Plant Identification course that was offered to Forest Stewards and other volunteers who work in Seattle’s reforestation projects. When I arrived at the class today, I discovered most of the students had been Forest Stewards for a long time and the others had at least some experience in plant identification. I, on the other hand, only know a few of these native plants.

Last month, Ananya and I had to choose the trees, shrubs and ground covers that we will be planting in our group’s Greenbelt site the end of October. We ordered nearly 400 plants. In the course of today’s class, I learned that those plants will be delivered to us unmarked. Not only that, most will be in their winter state so we may have only a twig to use for identification.


The need for me to learn to identify our plants has certainly taken on a new intensity. As I sat down to write this post, though, a couple of other thoughts came to my mind. When we ordered the plants, we had to order in quantities of 10. We ordered 10 for some varieties and 20 for others. So even though we will have to identify 400 plants, there will only be 26 different types. That seems doable.  Also, sometime prior to October we will have the opportunity to take a Winter Twig class. I will make taking that class a priority.

I am sure glad that I learned this information today, rather than discovering it when the plants are delivered. I can do it. I can do it. I can do it. I can do it. I can do it. Yes I can. Yes I can. Yes I can. Yes I can. And I don’t have to do it alone! Ananya and I will do it together and if we need help we will get it.

9 thoughts on “Shocking Revelation

  1. WOW!!! Sounds challenging and maybe overwhelming…. another mystery to unravel or identify… and, yes you can! And you have support! And there is even such a thing as a Winter Twig class, who would have thought! I hope you enjoy every moment of your twig research 🙂

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    1. I discovered today that the class is on Dec 2 which will be after the major part of the planting. But if we get stumped we can ask someone at the Green Seattle Partnership for help. I love the mystery involved in all of this. I’m about to try to identify two plants I worked on today.

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    1. This is what retirement looks like to me. The time to follow your passion…. as a volunteer. This will keep my body and my mind healthy for a lot longer than most activities and give me so much pleasure.

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    1. Yes you can and you are accomplishing and giving so much to the greenbelt and your whole community. You are an awesome leader, teacher and student! I applaud you Karuna!!!

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