You hanging over the edge of the cliff and Aunt Bett below with the croker sack.
There have been a few times I could have used this plant for bruises, wish I had know about it before now.
Another good article.
Sharon, as usual, your stories about Aunt Bett are too good to be missed. I feel as though I'm right there with you in that story and I can hear Aunt Bett speaking! What a treasure you and she both are.
You are a gifted writer. Have you seen the movie "The Song Gatherer" with Meryl Streep? Very much like your Aunt Bett. Were you to gather your essays and write a book it would be on #1 best sellers list.
Since the silent Tarzan movie was the only one I had seen, I do hate to remember what I might have yelled out loud enough to bounce around all over the mountains. I can still yodel though, well, I haven't tried lately, but how would one put that in a book?
They're all outside - nowhere near the phone. Besides, you would have to have an exceptionally clear pure and strong singing voice to make them vibrate. (Haven't you read all that in Wind Chimes yet? Maybe not. . .)
My mother brought me and my sister up on tales of her grandmother, Emma. (Not so much my little brothers . . .) I always knew my baby would be a girl and when she was (of course) I named her Emma. It's my way of giving my girls a sense of family history, to name them after my family heroines and then tell the kids about WHAT their name means to me!
So go for it, telling your grandson about Aunt Bett, and the rest of the cast of characters!
So many good points in this thread. One thing I like about gardening is that it makes me feel like I'm carrying on the traditions of my family. I started growing vegetables this year and I chose a lot of heirloom varieties. As I was planting my Kentucky Wonder beans I read that they were first introduced around 1864 and I wondered if my great-great-great grandpa (who fled Virginia to fight for the Union in Kentucky) had planted or eaten that same variety of beans.
I was just up in WV last week visiting grandma, and I was searching all the pawpaw trees Grandpa planted in search of Zebra Swallowtail caterpillars (found one, too). I brought back some seeds hoping I can have some of the same trees that my Grandpa planted. It's great how our gardens can help preserve the traditions and cherished memories of our loved ones. I'm glad to hear so many of you are sharing your stories with your children!
Well, now that's another idea.
A few months ago I decided to plant a black garden, and have been planning it since. It was a fun article, but wow the responses and the ideas that came from it!!! Check it out, if you want, I could not believe all the lists of black plants I got. Then Mellie, above sent me some black bromelaids...since the garden is not in place yet, I am still collecting. I also received some penny black seeds from Canada and they are blooming...also from Virginia, I have black hollyhock seeds which I will plant in the fall.
And with a moon garden...hmmmmmmmmmm...might just have to expand my ideas.
Anyway, click on my name to find the list of articles, and way down at the bottom somewhere you will find "The Black Garden", the article is OK, not Aunt Bett, but it is the lists that follow that are so great!!!
I think it will be so gorgeous when i get it all together.