Thursday, May 26, 2011
As I plant my garden, taking height and spread into consideration along with both the color of flower and foliage, I realize some people would think I’m too picky or neurotic. But if you’re going to spend the time and money on your garden, no sense just putting things willy-nilly. Though sometimes when I am done, it looks like that is exactly what I have done. My need to ponder over the shade of blue for a certain area or question whether there is enough contrast between plants makes me feel a bit like Mrs. Blandings. If you have never seen ‘Mr. Blandings builds his dream house’ with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy, you are missing a classic. The following is my favorite scene between Mrs. Blandings, the Contractor and the Painter:
So, as someone compliments the blue flower in my garden, I bite my tongue to keep myself from telling them it’s more indigo than blue.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
- Putting eggshells into your tomato planting holes to help prevent blossom-end-rot has also been proven "true-ish" by modern science. (Calcium helps prevent BER, and eggshells have calcium in them.)
- Plants that grow upward toward the sky should be planted in the morning sun, while plants that grow deep into the earth should by planted by moonlight.
- Plant potatoes at night so the eyes don't see light.
- Planting peppers when you are mad makes the peppers grow hotter.
- If a red-headed person plants peppers, they will be hotter than normal. Will they be really hot if planted by an angry red-head?
- My mother swears that the only way to get rid of a locust tree is to cut it down on a black night in August
- Sage thrives in the garden of a woman who rules her household and her husband firmly.
Friday, May 20, 2011
In Morganton, North Carolina, where I grew up, a hundred plus year old oak filled our front yard. People claimed that was the tree where Frankie Silver (of Frankie and Johnnie lore) was hung. I often pulled the pillow over my head, so as not to hear its branches tapping against my window at night. Unfortunately, Hurricane Hugo took that tree down, and the neighbors quickly claimed another large tree to be the site of Frankie’s demise.
With the unrest in the Middle East and a tsunami in Japan, long unemployment lines and short tempers here in the States, it’s joy to my heart to meet a person with hope for the future.