Wednesday, November 21st, 2012...7:01 am

Gardening Humor

Garden humor by Mike Willis

One Walter Mitty fantasy of mine was to create cartoons- especially cartoons about gardeners. We gardeners can be a pretty funny lot. For example, do you know a gardener who can visit a nursery who doesn’t find a plant that he or she MUST have- even though there isn’t another inch of land on their property not planted with something, or every available inch of their house is filled with plants? I don’t know gardeners who can resist getting more plants. I know I am guilty. I guess gardeners feel that somehow or in some way we can stretch our property. Certainly this obsessive quality can be spoofed.

There are jokes about gardeners, but most are so lame. The jokes are all on the third grade level-“Why do potatoes make good detectives? Because they keep their eyes peeled.”  or  “What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter? Pumpkin pi.” or “What are you doing with that manure? I’m going to put it on my rhubarb. That’s a change .We have custard on ours!”

Certainly there should be better humorists out there than that. But today most humor seems to be about sex- the human kind. If a truly clever joke writer knew about all the insect and other pests on the plants, certainly their sexual repertoire would be broader and perhaps funnier.

For some examples of gardening humor see here or here or here.   Pretty slim pickings, I would say.

Certainly out there must be a gardener with a wickeder sense of humor. Could I hear from you?

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