Apparently, I am providing answers of “biblical proportions” on my blog.
A post I wrote in October 2006, titled “The Truth About Burning Bush”, continues to be the most viewed of all my posts on this blog.
Since June 2007, it has been viewed over 5,700 times.
My first thought was that people are really interested in Euonymous alatus, the burning bush! But after some discussion with a co-worker, I think they are actually trying to find out about the other burning bush, the one Moses encountered in the desert.
I hope they find the shrub information useful, anyway.
I do get some questions occasionally on older posts and emails. I never know if I answer them with a comment on that same post, will the reader ever see them? So I’ll answer a few here…
How do I sharpen my Felco pruners?
I have an old sharpening stone and run the blade across that a few times and it seems to do the trick. But I’m not too sure of myself and wonder if someone locally has a class on sharpening knifes and pruners. If so, I’d love to take it! How about others?
How close to a patio would I plant a Japanese tree lilac?
In the email, the person asked if four feet was too close and noted they were tall people, so could they limb it up to six feet. Yes, I think four feet is too close to the patio, I’d go out further, maybe ten feet, but it really depends on the overall design of the garden, and what else will be planted around it. You can limb this tree up, but it isn’t a very tall tree to begin with, so I wouldn't go higher than six feet.
I also get some questions from co-workers and friends. I try to answer them nicely, even if they are the same questions over and over again. I try to remember that not everyone grew up gardening and may just now be getting interested in gardening as they buy their first house. Or maybe they’ve looked at food prices and decided that growing your own vegetables is a good idea, after all.
Whatever the question, I try to provide a good answer, something helpful that encourages their interest in plants and gardening.
But how do you answer this question, “What tree does the rhubarb come from?’
Oh, where to start!