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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

When a Gardener Plays Cards

When a gardener plays cards...

She likes to use this deck of cards which features a different wildflower on every card.

 That way, everyone can learn about wildflowers while they play.  Hey, is four aces a good hand?

Later, she switches to these cards with different trees on all of them.

This doesn't look like a very good hand but maybe the numbers have some other meaning?
 
When she plays with these cards featuring seed packets on the backs of the cards...


she is reminded that she hasn't ordered her seeds yet and January is almost half over. She tries not to panic and puts on her best poker face and acts real cool and nonchalant when anyone asks her if she has purchased her seeds yet.

But instead of ordering seeds, she spends time searching online to find card games with a garden theme and finds games named Frog, Tractor, and Dig a Hole, which are sort of garden-y but not really.

Then she looks at the cards in her hand and thinks about how the spades are for digging, the clubs look like clover leaves, the hearts remind her that she loves gardening, and the diamonds would only be useful if she could sell them off to buy more plants.

Finally, when a gardener plays cards, she also remembers that the same advice that applies to playing poker, also applies to gardening.

14 comments:

fairegarden said...

What lovely cards, Carol! It would be distracting to hold such beauties in your hand, you might want to keep the prettiest ones instead of playing to win! I have an inkling of what those numbers mean, but will keep it to myself.:-)
Frances

jim/ArtofGardening said...

Wow - flash cards for gardeners, what a concept!

Rose said...

Whenever I play cards, I usually get the worst hands. At least I could look at something interesting this way when I have a hand full of 9's and 10's in euchre:) What I really want to know is where did you find these??

Lancashire rose said...

What fun. I have never come across these and I am a BIG bridge player. I once bought some historical cards and they certainly are confusing to look at. The less distraction the better. Now if the back of the card just had the flowers on I would be OK.

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings said...

Those are so pretty Carol. No wonder a gardener thinks about gardening as she holds them. I can certainly understand. Very funny.~~Dee

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

The diamonds remind me of raised planting beds. Those are so beautiful playing cards.

Gail said...

I have to get these cards for several friends who love to play "Hearts"! They would make card games a lot more fun. Imagine playing "Go Fish" and saying "Have you any trees?" gail

Ramona said...

I love the garden cards. Where were you able to find them? I really would like to know. My family would get a "kick" out of them, knowing how much I love plants.

Carol said...

Ramona, I've had these cards for a long time. I think I got them from Lee Valley but they don't seem to carry them anymore.

Pam's English Garden said...

Dear Carol, Funny post! Now we all want cards like these. P x

Kate (daisygirl_io) said...

Haha - great post! Those cards look so lovely. I think I'd be distracted from the game just looking at the photos on the cards.

Commonweeder said...

I love those cards. Front and back. I am going to keep my eyes open.

Ilona said...

I don't play cards much- but I LOVE botanical prints and I think I'd like some of those cards and would play... just to look at the pretty pictures! Lovely, distracting... all good

Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. said...

Lovely cards, and a fun, whimsical post. If you find another source for the cards, please post it.