This summer I decided to try my hand at planting flowers for the first time.
My mission was to find flowers that would grow in a shady area and could withstand the heat of summer and the inexperienced hand of a newbie gardener.
With this in mind, I figured I’d take it one step at a time and figure it out using the greatest aggregator of information of all time, Google.
How hard could it be? I’ll first find plants that grow well in shade, and narrow it down to hearty, industrial plants – seemed simple enough to me.
My search on the very logical phrase ‘what flowers grow well in the shade?’ gleaned 18,800,000 results in 0.18 seconds. (Hard to fathom isn’t it?)
Surely within this vast amount of content I would easily find the answer to my simple question. – Right?
The first article started off with references to perennials versus annuals – eh, not helpful
The next article did a beautiful job describing how lovely it would be to sit under a tree on a hot summer day, going on to explain that the soil under the tree may be bare because not all flowers grow in the shade, or in the sun. – really? That’s worthless
The following focused on the density of the shade – wow, needless to say I didn’t last long on this one!
I gave up; maybe another search term will work better. Search after search yielded the same kind of results. Bleary eyed and frustrated I reached for the phone and called my mom.
Within a matter of minutes, I had the answer to my question – and armed with the information I needed to plant my very first flower garden. While she didn’t come up with the answer in under a second, it sure was more valuable than any answer I found on Google.
Not only that, it gave us a chance to chat and catch up, and for her to share her knowledge and experience with me. You can’t beat that combination.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of finding information on the internet – just ask my kids. However, I think the next time I need some basic ‘know how’, I’ll skip Google, pick up the phone, and ‘just call mom’.
On another note – exactly when did ‘Google’ become a verb?