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Wolf was the only one that lived

Wolf was the only one that lived

Thu, 03/05/2009 - 13:42 by Ananth in response to he named the houseplants

There was an infestation of bugs towards the end of the lifespan of these plants so they got moved outside to the balcony. Now they're all dormant or dead, except for Wolf. ;_; 

I named the spider plant Wolf as in Lone Wolf, because he actually hung across the room from the others, all by his lonesome.  It was his solitude that ultimately quarantined him from the bug plague.

Blue, the strawberry plant, grew one large strawberry, which we were going to cut into four pieces so we could all savor it ... but then a squirrel ate it. D: What a jerk!

Roberto, who technically supposed to be an annual plant, lived way longer than he was supposed to! We got quite a few peppers out of him, all of which are drying in the kitchen and will be used to make more little Robertos come spring.

Steven and Charlene got married, but are now estranged.

Doris moved to New York, where she became secretary to a very prominent Hollywood actor. 



Comment by Astrid (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 13:50

Hahahahahah!!!! That is simply adorable!

I've got a plant called Bob, but I didn't really think about his name like you did with Wolf ^^

I saw this with all due

Comment by Michael M. (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 13:50

I saw this with all due respect, but sir, you have way too much time on your hands.


Comment by Jai (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 13:53

plants, like fish, do not have much in the way of personalities (it seems to me) did you name them?

@yuko: what kind of snake is Amadeus? this has been a burning question of mine for some time now, and i have got to learn the answer somehow.

Thanks! :D

Comment by Jai (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 22:05

Thanks! :D

Hahaha, dude, it just

Comment by Ananth Fri, 03/06/2009 - 18:19

Hahaha, dude, it just happened during dinner one night ... I don't even know.

You have really excellent

Comment by Michael M. (not verified) Fri, 03/06/2009 - 20:14

You have really excellent in-depth reasoning for naming these plants.

I call all of them "that."

...maybe that's why they all die.

Quarantine nothing, spider

Comment by majic13 (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 13:51

Quarantine nothing, spider plants are freakin' indestructible. Nothing can kill them except fire. D:


Comment by Aido Thu, 03/05/2009 - 14:21

 SERIOUSLY.  I am pretty certain that the thing will outlive me.  Or at least its innumerable babies will.

I suppose that means it's

Comment by Lotsa (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 20:09

I suppose that means it's really bad that I managed to kill a half dozen two year old Spidies (RIP: Martina, Poly, Bob, Parker, Hana and their babies). . . xD Green all over - everywhere exceptin' my thumb.

This comic is one of my favorites so far! ."D

Oh good...

Comment by EiceBleu (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 13:59

Oh good...

...I'm not the only one who does that.

 Thank goodness I'm not

Comment by Ananth Fri, 03/06/2009 - 18:20

 Thank goodness I'm not alone in this.

You're much more inventive

Comment by Magistrate of Mediocrity (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 14:00

You're much more inventive with plant names than I am. I named my basil plant(s) Basil. Well, one was Basil and the other was Lord Basil.


Comment by Reb (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 15:04

I do this too. I have two elephant plants named George and Clooney and a lucky bamboo named Oscar :D

*raises fist* Squirrrrrrrrrrel!!!

Comment by Wrex (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 15:06

It may have been Hawk's squirrel-friend that ate that strawberry.

Ha! Ha!

Comment by Louis (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 15:16

My plant's name is weirder than yours. My dad had a tiny cactus that sat around the front yard doing nothing. Shortly after I finished the first Phoenix Wright game, I stole it from him, put it on my window ledge and called it Billy. I'm still trying to decide which indoors plant to get and call Charley.

But you know, I think everybody likes naming their apartment plants. My mum, in the 80s, had three plants that she called Kate, Louise and.. err... something else. I can't remember, I'll have to ask her. Maybe it was Sarah? Even my brother's yukka tree has a name. Granted, it's name is Yukka, but its the thought that counts.

Another Charley!

Comment by Aido Thu, 03/05/2009 - 15:33

We have a Rose of Jericho (dinosaur plant) named Charley (ALSO named after the plant from Phoenix Wright, YES NERDY HIGH FIVE).  He wasn't mentioned in the comic because I was the one who named him and he is also kept in my bedroom. :D

It seems to be a thing for people who, for whatever reason, cannot get a pet but very badly want one.  I want to adopt a cat, but we don't have the money or the space for one -- so we wind up projecting that feeling of companionship on something else.


Comment by Louis (not verified) Fri, 03/06/2009 - 02:08


And now I just feel sad, because I have two cats and still feel the need to lavish attention on something rather more inatimate and spiky ._. I've had felines for so long that they sort of become floor ornaments that need to be fed. As you get more and more used to them you also take their attention for granted. I suppose that's why some people end up with insane numbers of cats, always looking for someone new and exciting.


Comment by Mr P (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 15:18

It's like a TV drama! You could sell this! Doris and Steven were sneaking around behind Charlene's which caused issues between Steven and Charlene, so Steven decided to work on his marriage, choosing Charlene over Doris; who, completely heartbroken, moved to New York!

Excellent, copyright it, sell it, film it. HBO will eat it up!

Hahaha, wicked comic.

 XD Thanks!

Comment by Ananth Fri, 03/06/2009 - 18:21

 XD Thanks!

I <3 Roberto

Comment by aXcel (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 15:25

I absolutely adore peppers. Especially if they are the spicy kind. I need to get me a Roberto of my own. Although i'd probably name it Consuela, cuz I name everything with a female name... almost everything anyway.

 Dude, Consuela is an

Comment by Ananth Fri, 03/06/2009 - 18:22

 Dude, Consuela is an awesome name. 

I can't help but be a little

Comment by Charlene (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 15:42

I can't help but be a little weirded out by this considering my boyfriend's name is Steven... O_O

uh oh!

Comment by Mr P (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 15:54

Does he have a friend named Doris?

 Hahaha, I'm sorry if this

Comment by Ananth Fri, 03/06/2009 - 18:23

 Hahaha, I'm sorry if this creeped you out, then. No similarity intended!

Pothos plants can grow

Comment by Sovy Kurosei (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 16:42

Pothos plants can grow ridiculously huge for a house plant, especially if it is hanging. I'd recommend one just because I'm always impressed by the one that has taken over my grandmother's living room.

Hah, I had to image search

Comment by Ananth Fri, 03/06/2009 - 18:24

Hah, I had to image search it to figure out what it was ... and then I realized my family had one for years, Oops!

Yuko's right

Comment by MarkyMark (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 16:54

Yuko is right, you ARE strange. I don't even name my plants (although my house is overrun with them).

And hey, you guys have any plans for seeing Watchmen this weekend? Also, how about getting together to go sightseeing in DC; smithsonian or zoo?

Have Yuko send me a txt or sumthin, Manassas is lonely -_-


Comment by Ananth Fri, 03/06/2009 - 18:25


Anime hair?

Comment by Adam Olsen (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 16:56

My first thought was that it was a reference to the hair of various anime characters.

Obviously though, the names don't fit that theory.


Comment by GabrielYo (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 17:04

My name is Steven, and my girlfriend, named Charlene, have been going through some rather rough times as of late... kinda spooky really! Might I be able to reach Steven the Plant some time and ask for his advice in the matter? Unfortunately despite being a bit lazy I lack the ability to go dormant. lol

Goober, I already commented

Comment by Charlene (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 23:31

Goober, I already commented on this earlier! <333

 Haha, you guys are cute. XD

Comment by Ananth Fri, 03/06/2009 - 18:25

 Haha, you guys are cute. XD

Named Houseplants FTW

Comment by Aeyoqen (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 17:05

I always thought my boyfriend was kinda strange for naming our plants (although, admittedly I'm the one that talks to them while watering them), so it's good to know we're not alone in this.

I like how your plants have more "human" names though - it gives them personality. My plants all have weird Mr. Bollywood, or Dr. Bronx. Err, yeah.

 Dr. Bronx is a pretty

Comment by Ananth Fri, 03/06/2009 - 18:26

 Dr. Bronx is a pretty hardcore name. I just imagine that Mr. Bollywood does a lot of dancing. 

My basil plant is named Lorenzo

Comment by Ellie (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 17:21

My basil plant is named Lorenzo after John Keats' poem "The Pot of Basil." In that poem, Lorenzo and Isabella are in love with each other, but Isabella's brothers don't like that so they kill Lorenzo. When Izzy hears about it, she goes and exhumes Lorenzo's body, chops off his head, plants it in a pot of basil, and waters it every day with her tears.

My basil's not doing too well either. Maybe it needs a little... INCENTIVE. Mwa ha ha....

 I actually read your

Comment by Ananth Fri, 03/06/2009 - 18:28

 I actually read your comment first thing this morning, and so in the morning quiet I got totally creeped out. That's intense!

We name each plant after the

Comment by il biggo (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 17:27

We name each plant after the friend who gave it to us. Except for plants we grow or buy ourselves: those have some quite weird names (but they work only in Italian... I guess Sbrisolona or Allezzita don't say much to anybody but us ^_^)
And as for "dead" plants, I've seen a few vegetal corpses resurrect spontaneously after months. Don't despair.

BTW, first comment here; coming from AG and enjoying the comic's mood. I'm not really sure about who writes what where: some of the webcomics I read seem linked in many ways.

 Welcome to Johnny Wander!

Comment by Ananth Fri, 03/06/2009 - 18:29

 Welcome to Johnny Wander! I do the writing on AG and the brunt of the writing on J*W (which some people find strange since the storytelling styles are different). Anyway, glad you're enjoying it! :D We aim to please. 

Hanging my coat

Comment by il biggo (not verified) Sat, 03/07/2009 - 18:47

Well, I'm not the most qualified person to comment on this, but I think your aim is good both in AG and in the more "adult" J*W. This is becoming a favourite in my 30-odd webcomics collection .-)


Comment by Boots (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 17:58

Wolf is a surprisingly appropriate name for a spider plant. At my family's cabin, the most common type of spider is the wolf spider.

That wasn't my course of

Comment by Ananth Fri, 03/06/2009 - 18:30

That wasn't my course of logic, but wolf spiders are pretty unpleasant to me. On account of the whole killing you thing ... 

Animal House...awesome

Comment by Chris D. (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 19:12

I like the little Animal House-esque blurbs you added in your comments. It really makes your plants seem alive!

Oh...well, alive again. Like zombie plants.

I once had a plant named

Comment by (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 20:35

I once had a plant named Itsuki, but the local grasshoppers killed him.

A fun idea!

Comment by Lauren (not verified) Fri, 03/06/2009 - 00:41

Since you're living in a fairly small space, I'm assuming, here's something fun you can do with growing spices:

Get a nice big strawberry pot (the kind with like, 20 openings), fill it up with potting soil, and in each lip/hole you can put a different spice. You have a great spice garden that doesn't take up much space.

Thanks for that Idea :3

Comment by Naktarr (not verified) Fri, 03/06/2009 - 01:46

Yay you broke my designers block!
I'm doing my Exegesis on Urban Agriculture, well the preliminary stuff at the moment, but they want us to draw the whole way through to have concepts and ideas - I hit a bit of a block on drawing co-op shop buildings and then you reminded me about those awesome strawberry pots!

Always get the ones made of plain terracotta - it lets the soil breathe, so it doesn't get mouldy (the bad kind of mouldy) and kill your plants :)
But put it raised on little feet in a waterproof tray if its inside - breathe means it can leak!

 Thanks for the tips guys!

Comment by Ananth Fri, 03/06/2009 - 18:31

 Thanks for the tips guys! Yuko and I are both taking note. ;)

lol, epilogue. Last week I

Comment by karlee (not verified) Fri, 03/06/2009 - 03:21

lol, epilogue.

Last week I bought two 'impatient' flowers for my university club-room and named them Henrietta and Carmelita =)
(although my plant at home was creatively name "plant")


Comment by Robert V Aldrich (not verified) Fri, 03/06/2009 - 08:01

Ananth, bro, I loves ya, and I hate to do this, but I'm going to have to revoke six points from your masculinity scale.

Listen man, the writer in me

Comment by Ananth Fri, 03/06/2009 - 18:32

Listen man, the writer in me couldn't help but notice the drama possibilities between a room full of plants in close quarters.

Roberto sleeps with everyone. 


Comment by Lily (not verified) Fri, 03/06/2009 - 10:18

I like Steven the best because he reminded me of the hedge Steve in Over the Hedge. Steven is drawn like he has the potential to be a nice hedge some day - if he drinks plenty of milk and eats his canned spinach.