Everywhere I look these days, I seem to be reminded of gardening in the 1970’s.
The other day when I arrived for Thanksgiving at my older sister’s house, my youngest sister opened the passenger side door of my car and threw in a bag of old gardening books from the 70’s.
It all happened so fast. I think she was waiting for me to pull up. I think she plotted it out. I think she practiced. Her motion of opening the door and throwing the books in was so fluid, so quick.
She didn’t want these gardening books so they are mine now, whether I want them or not.
I feel like one of those eccentric cat ladies who ends up with all kinds of cats because everyone knows she loves cats, and so they drop off kittens and cats on her door step.
She really has no choice but to take the cats in. She can’t leave them starving out in the cold, can she?
I can’t leave these gardening books out in the cold, can I? They might end up in a trash pile or on a conveyer belt headed to a shredder. Shudder at the thought.
It’s kind of ironic that my sister
forced me to take gave me these gardening books from the 70’s because lately every time I see the spider plant (Chlorophytum elatum) in my sun room, I have been thinking about gardening in the 1970’s. Does any plant other than the spider plant more represent house plants of the 1970’s?
I just need a hand made macrame’ plant hanger and I’m all set.
This pile of books my sister gave me includes the classic Wyman’s Garden Encyclopedia by Donald Wyman (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1971). I already own four other books by Donald Wyman, which I bought new back in the day as reference books when I was in college studying horticulture.
Now I’m considering buying good used copies of two other books he wrote that I don’t have. Then I would have all seven of the books he wrote.
Would you like to know what Wyman wrote about spider plants in his encyclopedia? “A common and very popular house plant native to South Africa, with fleshy tuberous roots, long, narrow, white-striped leaves all originating from the base of the plant and about a foot long. The plant sends out long stalks on which there are a series of plantlets, each well supplied with roots and leaves so that propagation from these is extremely simple. A rugged house plant which can thrive under neglect, it is excellent in hanging baskets in sun or shade.”
I think I’m going to enjoy spending some time this winter reminiscing about gardening in the 1970’s, compliments of Wyman and many other authors.
(Note from Dr. Hortfreud – I predict that Carol will find and buy these
other two books by Wyman. She has a need for “closure” and knowing she
owns five of the seven books Wyman wrote will leave this as an open item for her.
She won’t be able to stand it. It’s just a matter of time.)