Thank you for sharing Malcolm! I talked to my artichokes all spring of 2013, telling them how beautiful they are and I would save the biggest flower heads for seed next year. I had one flower grow as big as a sun flower head, that's as big as a dinner plate here in America! It was huge! I asked the artichokes to grow a lot of flower heads to eat for me this year and I would make sure their seedlings would be protected. They are now 2 years old, 2013 and 3 plants grew dozens of yummy flowers! Of course all the rotten chicken poop probably helped too. I'm all ready drawing up my new garden plots for 2014. First thing in the morning I get up and feed my chickens, I walk out my door and look at all the beautiful plants and animals growing around me as I do my chores and thank them for being here and I am glad to be a part of their life.
I think we humans are also intimately connected to this network as well. I think I became so sick living in Chicago because I was cut off from the web of life, my feet even hurt, like my feet had their roots cut off. After living so close to nature all my life my body couldn't handle the shock of living in the city. Now for 3 years I've walked barefoot all summer and didn't wear gloves when I worked in the dirt. After 3 years of gardening, eating the food from my garden I am healthier than I was in my 30s! We really are an amazing world of relationships and humans are a part of this network of life.
Growing up in rural America I didn't realize how close I was to nature, that I was a part of it, tied through my biological network until I left it to live in a big city.