Someone has proposed, well not someone but the very gregarious VP of Veg Plotting, that we have an imaginary dinner party to help pass the time until spring gardening can put our idle minds and bodies to work again.Today my very first issue of BBC’s Gardens Illustrated arrived via post, February 2009. I am a chronic anglophile, have been since birth. Growing up in Oklahoma, adults sometimes would ask me what nationality I was, not sounding like the other native Okies. Being quite young and impressionable, I cried out that I was an American, what did they think I was? British, was the answer. Maybe in another life, for I love all things English, but most of all English gardens. I have inherited a few paintings from my grandmother of cottage garden scenes and never tire of gazing deeply into the flowers and imagining myself among them.Grabbing the lifeline to get back on topic, in the precious magazine was an interview with a nurseryman. Among the questions asked was “Who would you most like to have dinner with (past or present)? He named some plant afficionados and wanted a picnic in the woods. Since we have already been cogitating on this very question, we though it appropriate for mention here.In the past, way back in time, we have given many a dinner party. The menu was well thought out, depending on our theme, the table set formally, entertainment for before and after planned and it was all great fun. Since the move back to Tennessee from Texas, we have had zero of those sorts of festivites. In fact, the dining room table is home to projects of various kinds. At the moment it is seed sorting time. We participated in Garden Faerie Monica’s seed exchange and just recently mailed off the package to the next recipient on the list after taking a few choice items to give a try here. The seeds are sorted by indoor starting and outdoor sowing, with new ones being added as catalog orders arrive. There would have to be quite a clean up to be able to eat in here. It would mess up this highly refined system. This is actually the after the clean up photo.We also inherited pretty place settings of dishes, glassware and sterling, the family pattern, all funneling down to me, the last of the line.Always a bit rebellious, I even bought fancy dishes of my own, this pattern struck my fancy. A few were given as wedding gifts and then we found the same pattern at an antiques store with serving dishes. Even though several were cracked, we bought the set and now can use them for the big family get togethers.But as the offspring of the offspring have grown some and are now full partners in the eating department, the switch is sometimes made to the good old paper products. Made from recycled material and biodegradable too.For truth be known, some of the guests at my dream dinner party are quite young and some have a propensity for dropping, spilling and other endeavors, like putting Mike Schmidt in one’s back pocket as they are cooking. My dinner companions would be the Fairegarden clan. Gardeners and garden lovers one and all. We don’t get to be together but a couple of times a year and they are the ones I would slave in the kitchen for every time.
I know you were expecting me to pick Piet Oudolf.
My name is Frances and I am a lifelong gardener, having lived in various parts of the USA over many years. I am now gardening in USDA Zone 7a east Tennessee. From 2000 to 2014 I was gardening on a slope in a small town in Tennessee. I have been blogging about my gardens since December of 2007. Thank you for visiting!
The slope in spring
The slope in fall
The slope in winter
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Older Posts Of Interest:
The story of the day a throng of cedar waxwings descended upon the garden, shown in the header image. (2009)
An awkward title that explains about making those very tall asters, mums and others shorter by cutting them down by half in May. Now is the time! (2011)
A book inspires the growing of lilies from seed. (2009)
How ten lily bulbs became hundreds. (2010)
A rant about the mistaken thoughts of non-gardeners. (2009)
There was something hidden in the forest and we were lucky enough to be able to see it. (2011)
Dreams turn into reality, in a way. The Green Man/Leaf Man faces live well in my garden now. (2011)
A yard without a lawn. (2010)
A history of all of the faire gardens and a couple of choice tidbits about me. (2009)
Very difficult to only pick your six favorite plants, some of us bent the rules a bit. (2009)
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