Cultivating a Culture of Gardening™

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

'Twas A Week Before Christmas

The Myth of Winter’s Rest

‘Twas a week before Christmas and all through the ground

The roots were all resting and no moles could be found.

The mulch was all laid in the garden with care

With hopes that no weeds would try to grow there.

The roses were nestled all snug in their bed

While visions of blossoms danced in my head.

The overalls, gloves, and my wide-brimmed had

Were hung by the fireplace where I leisurely sat.

When out of my mailbox there came such a flurry

Of plant catalogs that were saying, “Buy! Hurry!”

I read “Plant Delights” from cover to cover

‘Cuz Tony Avent knows his plants like a lover.

New hostas, agaves, hydrangeas abound -

Each catalog offers a new treasure that’s found.

I jump in my wandering car to explore

Mary’s Greenhouse, Randolph Nursery, Saul’s Plants and more!

At Hewitt’s I ask John Bradley about trees

To replace those I lost from the drought and the freeze.

On the phone I am calling to locate a new vine

That I saw in “Fine Gardening”, “Horticulture”, or “Garden Design”.

I dash away over to another seminar:

Southern Garden Symposium” in Georgia – it’s not very far.

I fill up my mind with garden books that I’ve read.

(Allen Armitage’s books are all piled by my bed.)

Redesigned my old garden to include a new plant;

Cleaned and sharpened my tools and replaced those I can’t.

I wiped off my brow and gave a low whistle

‘Cuz the winter all flew like the down off a thistle.

I shout as I’m running from spot to spot fast,

“Hurry planning your garden because winter won’t last!”

By Barbara Peake Wise, with greatest respect to Clement Clarke Moore


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Grandma Goes to Hawaii

Having just arrived from traveling 14 hours on an airplane, one of the first things I needed to do was download all my fun photos from the past two weeks excursion. But what would be considered blog-worthy? A week of Thanksgiving family photos in Atlanta will be wildly popular with all the siblings, nieces, and nephews. But I think the trip to Hawaii to help my son and his wife move to Pearl Harbor will have the greatest draw. You see, my responsibility in this move was to take care of my one year old grandson. So off to the botanical gardens we went, and true to my nature, had to check out a local garden center. One of the biggest treats was hooking up with my old friend, Lisa Rogers, after 23 years - when we were young wives newly learning the military way of life.