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Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Society Meets: A Grand and Glorious Annoucement

A Garden In June
Greetings to all members of the Society for the Preservation and Propagation of Old-Time Gardening Wisdom, Lore, and Superstition (SPPOTGWLS or “the Society”)

I, your self-appointed Society president for life, would like to start off with sincerest and deepest apologies for so much time passing since our last meeting way back in June.

But now it is a new year, giving us the opportunity to start fresh with a clean slate, or as we gardeners like to say, "with a freshly hoed, nicely raked, ready-for-planting garden border", and let bygones by bygones, or as we gardeners like to say “let that rot into something good in the compost bin”.

I originally planned to use this latest meeting update to make a grand and glorious announcement about what new vegetable I will be planting in this year’s garden. But fortunately or unfortunately, I fell into a rabbit hole looking for information on the garden writer, Ida D. Bennett who wrote The Flower Garden in 1903 and The Vegetable Garden in 1909, plus several other books. This simply left me with no time to prepare my grand and glorious announcement.

Along the way, though, I managed to pull two or three other people down into that rabbit hole, or rather they jumped in, being kindred spirits who seem to enjoy exploring and mining for information as much as I do.

Really, if you have not been down in a rabbit hole lately, you should go find one and jump in, as it can turn into quite an adventure and you will find that time passes all too quickly down in that hole.  And isn't it nice when time passes quickly while we are waiting for spring?

Exploring a rabbit hole is almost like digging in the gardening. You never know what interesting rocks or buried treasure you will find when you dig, making it an adventure anytime you grab a hoe or spade and head out to the garden.  Plus, when you dig, you bring up to the light all kinds of seeds, some that you see, most that you don't. Who knows which of those seeds will sprout and become something good?

Anyway, collectively we, those of us who went down into that rabbit hole, have come up with some real treasures  of information on Ida D. Bennett, which I will pull together and share with all as soon as time allows.

But in the meantime, I must not lose sight of my responsibilities to the membership of the Society, and my duties as President to make this virtual garden club worthy of your time and attention, but not let it take up too much of your time, which I know could be spent in the garden or reading some other blog posts which may offer far more useful information.

Regretfully, though, we are now out of time, so I will have to delay the grand and glorious announcement of the new vegetable I will be growing this summer and write about it in a future blog post. My sincerest and deepest apologies for allowing you to read this far only to find out that there is no real information here.  Rabbit holes are like that sometimes, too, you get to the end and come out with nothing. But that next rabbit hole, or that next blog post... it might be the mother lode of information. 

Thank you for your understanding,

Humbly,

Carol
Current and Always President, SPPOTGWLS
May Dreams Gardens

11 comments:

Patsy Bell Hobson said...

Madam President, you tease. Can you not give us a tiny hint? Is it an heirloom? Is it a plant you have trialed? A new and rare botanical discovery? You wicked little gardener you!;)

fairegarden said...

Dear Current and Always, we are happy to attend the meeting, whether there is new information shared or not. There is always fun, friendship and cake, right? :-)
Frances

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Frances, don't forget that glass of wine, made of course with grapes from our garden.

Gail said...

Goodness, a meeting I almost missed and with cake! Social hour is the best part of any meeting. gail

Leslie said...

A fun post with a totally surprising ending!

Commonweeder said...

I love your meetings - and I'm ready for a meeting because I'm just up from my own rabbit hole, researching Constance Spry. Her name may be known because of the beautiful rose David Austin named after her in 1961. She had died the year before, after a fall down the stairs. It is said that the last words of this famous 'flower arranger' were "Someone else will have to arrange this." I'll have more about her on my blog next week.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Rabbit holes can be fun, but just make sure you don't twist your ankle stepping in one.

Jill-O said...

I just ate a brownie in honor of the meeting. A toast to rabbit holes! This is the best month for falling.

Eliza @ Appalachian Feet said...

I would like to have a bumper sticker or maybe a tshirt that says SPPOTGWLS, because then everyone will know what club I belong to! (Assuming you let me be a member... I like rabbit holes and am mostly tolerant of "To Be Continued" episodes).

floweringmama said...

Hey, I'm a new follower and can't wait to read more! I'm a gardener in W. Kentucky.

Cathy @ Country Cathy

Helen said...

Those wascally wabbits. They're always distracting us from our... er, what was I saying?