two things today

First on a high note:

I was talking to my neighbor the other day. He told me his church has a huge garden plot and they planted it in vegetables last year for the aid of the hungry. They harvested over 13,000 pounds of food. That is 6.5 tons of fresh produce. SIX AND A HALF TONS OF PRODUCE!!! Amen and sweet baby Jeezus in the manger! This year they have a budget of $600. If they get another 13,000 pounds, that would be less than a nickel a pound. Mercy. Try to do that with your $3500 lighted barbecue.

I just happen to be in the horticulture project fundraising business. I think those folks might be getting some green stuff from the Lunaria League. (Lunaria is commonly referred to as honesty or the silver dollar plant, we chose that as our logo).

I’m a gonna get these folks some serious publicity, too, while I am out there rabblerousing.

On a low note: I have been ruminating over yesterday’s post about the excessive spending on outdoor living. I forgot to share with you this little tidbit.

Several years ago, I went on a field trip with the University of Idaho history department. We were following the historical trail of the Nez Perce Indians (NeeMee Poo) when they fled their homeland and made for Canada trying to out maneuver the Army. Our first night we camped in Wallowa, OR in a public campground. We all had little nylon two person tents and I must admit, it looked like alien pods had landed when we set up. Blue, green, red, orange, and yellow lighted pods all across the field. As we walked through the campground, we saw all sorts of camp set ups. This one takes the cake: one big guy, all stretched out in his barcalounger, remote in one hand, a Coors light in the other, tv with rabbit ears, just outside the door of his camper- on- pickup- truck, watching wrassling on the TV. I wish I had taken a photo to prove it to you, gentle reader.

Back to gardening. I put in 9 bergenia ‘Winterglut’ last night, planting until dark in gorgeous wonderful delightful 72 degree weather. I planted them in front of my dogwood, PJM rhodies and laurels and next to the Japanese Forest Grass, hakonechloa aureola. If they bloom on cue, they have the exact same color blossoms as do the PJM rhodies. That sickly-sweet purple pink makes-your-teeth-hurt color but looks wicked cool when the Aristocrat pear does its full glory thing. oooohhhhhhh, the best laid plans of mice and men and crazy gardeners………….