i just recently planted some of this for the first time. it's doing very well and already flowering. i plan on getting more this fall. it's nice to read about something new to me and know some history behind it!
... she did... and the messenger is her great niece, Shar Brown.
Excellent ! Another must have for the garden. I just leave it to Shar to tell me what plants are cool to own and keep adding them to the new beds. I have the front yard too Shar so keep the Aunt Bett stories rollin'.
A friend recently introduced me to her Aunt Bett. It wasn't until later that I realized why I was so happy to meet her, she reminded me of your stories. She must have thought I was crazy. Thanks again for a wonderful way to start my morning.
I have become so involved in Aunt Bett during the evening hours, which is when I spend my time writing, she has invaded my dreams. Not that she is unwelcome, of course.
Trackinsand, thank you. I would love to see pictures of yours growing in your garden.
Tir_Na_Nog, thank you, too...sometimes when I am trying to read what she wrote some 50 years or more ago, I wish she had used a typewriter. She wrote on the back of used envelopes, on corners of paper bags...a book would have been helpful, but then if she had, I would not have had this opportunity to meet so many nice folks.
Soulja, you are a sweetheart! What are you going to do when you read about the PawPaw tree? I don't think they grow in the middle of downtown Louisville!
And Cathy, too funny...but don't worry, the aunt enjoyed meeting you too, I am sure.
Hello again, Izzyjane...I love your name, by the way...a lot of Janes in my family. Without tracing through my mother's writings, I can tell you only that during the Civil War, there was a grandmother who was Cherokee or perhaps part Cherokee. And yes, she was on Aunt Bett's side of the family tree.
Geneology was my mother's hobby, and I do have all her charts and stories, but I was always more interested in plants than I was in people, so I have allowed that study to fall by the wayside as I try to put together bits and pieces of my memories of Aunt Bett. There are so many parallels to NA medicines and Aunt Bett medicines, I think they must be very nearly the same, and of course her knowledge was handed down, but probably not so much on paper.
Thank you all, I am always so happy to hear from you.
I had missed this article. I love plumbago. Mine is planted inground, part shade, getting that harsh afternoon TX sun and it does well. In fact, this year b/c of our mild winter it didn't even go dormant. love the white variety also and I have recently found a red plumbago, which is slightly different looking.