|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,
Current and Always President, SPPOTGWLS
May Dreams Gardens