The ABC on cartoonist Michael Leunig’s love of plants:
Plants, according to Leunig, are taken in subconsciously. As a child you are enchanted by them and build fairy gardens. In the end, ‘it’s almost like you are married to plants’. He says an Aboriginal friend once told him she felt married to a tree, and that it drew its marks on her body, an act that strengthened that marriage bond.
He’s also something of an Australian Johnny Appleseed:
Leunig was brought up in the largely treeless western suburbs of Melbourne, where he soon developed a ‘yearning for plants’. He also acquired a passion for illegal planting, venturing out at night to plant eucalypts in nature strips.
A yearning for plants and marriage to trees, truly leftist.