No? Well, I do, and apparently, this emotional connection with my little collection of plants is a good thing for being aware when it comes to plant conservation—not that I knew that when I started naming my cacti, jade, and aloe after literary and historical characters (or, in the case of the aloe pictured above, a Pixar fish). The article doesn’t advocate for naming your plants (but come on, it’s fun!), but discusses many ways we can become “less plant blind,” which in turn makes us more likely to care about protecting plants and environmental health. All good things.
Now that we’re in the middle of summer, it’s the perfect time to get outside, interact with and enjoy some plants, and appreciate all the ways the health of the natural environment impacts our well-being. And maybe give nicknames to a few new plant friends.