No, this isn’t the same citrus tree that I planted and posted about a couple of weeks ago. Although I do look very fondly upon that citrus tree, and check upon it morning and night, I wouldn’t bother you again with more details were it not for the fact that another tree has mysteriously appeared, this time on my neighbour’s nature strip. It looks quite fine, I must say.
Whoever could have put it there?
The original citrus tree – a mandarin – came up in conversation with my neighbour as we exchanged garden chat and some coriander over the fence last weekend. He mentioned that he liked my Guerilla tactics, so, in a whisper, I promptly offered to repeat the performance on his nature strip. After looking over his shoulder, he whispered that he was only too happy for me to do so. The conspiracy to relocalize was complete.
Not wanting to delay so important an event, I got to work immediately, before he could even say, “I’d like a sweet navel orange tree, please.” Fortunately, that is what I planted. Doesn’t it look good?
There is an important message here, I feel, about the ability of our peaceful acts of opposition, even the smallest acts, to resonate beyond our original intentions or expectations, like ripples in a cultural pond. This is motivating, as well as being a good reminder of the often subtle mechanisms of cultural change. Don’t get overwhelmed by the enormity of our challenges. Think global, but act local. After all, the examples of Guerrilla Gardening on my street doubled in the weekend, and that’s the only exponential growth we should be interested in these days. Watch this space, or similar spaces. Better still, get digging!
In the photo below you will see the two trees, co-existing proudly, side-by-side, as if comrades in the Deep Green Revolution. When the nature strips are full, we can always start working on the driveways.
Viva la Resistance!