Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Incidental Gardener!

A true history of human events would show that a far larger portion of our acts
are the results of sudden impulses and accident,
than of that reason of which we boast.
                                 Peter Cooper


The other day, while walking across the parking lot in the city with my hunger in tow and dreams of chocolate dancing in my mind I absorbed and enjoyed the warmth of the sun that was shining brightly and the comfortable breeze that blew from the south. I stepped onto the sidewalk and was hit with the most intoxicating fragrance; it grabbed my senses and guided my feet in the direction from whence it came. My feet were now being controlled by my nose.

My nose high in the air in search of the smell that had my thoughts swoon at the thought of finding that somewhat familiar yet unknown smell, my feet stopped in front of a huge floral display in front of the Metro store. My eyes quickly jumped to what I had been led to, just as I thought, Lavender. Those little blue flowers and that heavenly smell had hypnotized me and all other thoughts left my mind, I had to have it. I grabbed a cart someone had discarded close to the stand and carefully set it in very pleased with myself, and then I saw the sign.


3 for $20. Yikes that seemed a little high but with that aroma stimulating my senses, I had to have it, I just had to, now I had to pick two more.

This whole wedding thing is certainly changing the way I think lately, my need to make things pretty has me craving things I never did before, hence the chocolate on the mind but flowers in the cart, yes indeed that does not sound like me at all. I have never been a flower gardener I tend to grow things I can eat and if they have pretty blooms I am happy with that but it has never been my top priority for gardening.

I continue to read and enjoy the blogs of others like my friend Jen @ http://www.muddybootdreams.com/ and Joy @ http://canadiangardenjoy.blogspot.ca/. I have long appreciated their knowledge and how beautiful their gardens are and thought about how much time and effort they put into them. Lately I find myself thinking about how lovely it would be for all those wedding guests coming to my farm to see beautiful gardens and possibly think that I knew what I was doing. Oh dear that does not sound like me at all.


Two more choices without any knowledge were not as difficult as I thought it would be. Well the Lavender I was convinced was going to have all those guests swooning trying to figure out where that intoxicating smell was coming from much like I did. The other two choices I have to admit were because of the "Pretty" factor and nothing else. I think the one without the label is a Foxglove perennial but I am sure someone will let me know, all I was thinking of it as “The bells and whistles” part of the wedding, don’t be surprised by that thought, I am pretty sure you all understand my mind by now (now that sounds like me). The Blanket Flower (that is what the label says) was just so cute and apparently will last through till the fall, perfect. I then headed into the store.


Walking through the store and wondering what I had come there for I noticed everyone who was turning to look in my direction and into my shopping cart, smiling. No doubt they were wondering where that intoxicating smell was coming from, I must admit  this made me feel kind of special like I imagined a real knowledgeable gardener must feel, not the “Incidental Gardener” I truly was.


I was lucky enough to find another flower and threw it into the cart on my way to the cash register, a nice big creamy white cauliflower, I love cauliflower. I had completely forgotten about the chocolate that I went to get in the first place until driving home happily cocooned in that intoxicating smell and then realized I was still hungry. That does not sound like me at all.


Later

41 comments:

  1. How could you have forgotten chocolate? lol Beautiful flowers!

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  2. I love cauliflower too, but usually forget to pick it up. I love July for all the flowers that are blooming now.

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  3. I think you left incidental gardener behind and moved to
    "Flower Gardener Extraordinaire!"

    Enjoy . . . The fragrance and sight ride . . .

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  4. Now I thinking of taking a trip to that store pick-up some flowers to plant! Luv your blog and pictures.....

    Hugs fr Auntie M

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  5. so happy that you have luck, when going to find flowers. or rather, when not even trying to find them!

    here, we have been having rather dreadful luck, doing thus, this season. -pout-

    but we do not have a wedding, on the horizon!!!

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  6. Everything will look so pretty for the wedding and you may become a flower gardener yet - it's addicting :-)

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  7. How could you possibly get a cauliflower, in exchange for choclate? Of course, the cauliflower is so much better for you...
    Have you ever put nutmeg on cauliflower? With some butter. I dated a Dutch man for a while, and that is the way he served it. I could go for a bit now, before my choc, of course...

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  8. beautiful photos! too bad we can't grow chocolate. but cocoa shell mulch smells just as wonderful!

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  9. i love the blanket flowers aka firewheels aka indian blankets. :)

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  10. Oh gosh must have been wonderful, especially since you forgot the chocolate. So funny. I love lavender plants, there leaves are great for the nesting boxes.

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  11. You can blame it all on the wedding!

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  12. oh the flowers are beautiful....everything's going to be fine buttons!!!

    i would LOVE to be able to grow chocolate, could you imagine!!!

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  13. I rather identify with you as far as growing things! Most of our efforts go into things that are edible. Yet, I truly understand the wish to have some beautiful flower gardens for guests to enjoy. That is also one of my wishes. Chocolate? As much as I LOVE cauliflower, I doubt that I would forget chocolate!:-)
    xo Nellie

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  14. Your flowers are beautiful!! (yes, it's a foxglove!) I'll bet that lavender really does smell heavenly. You could dry it and make sachets, to remind you of the wedding for a long time to come...or sew the dried lavender into a cloth bag and heat it in the microwave for a neck thingamajiggy when your neck is stiff from baling all that hay and looking back at the baler!

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  15. Flowers instead of chocolate????? it does not compute.

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  16. ok, i just read all you wrote ... here is what i remember ... gorgeous photos of blooms & chocolate. we had chocolate? right?? yum. i love chocolate.

    wait a moment - i better go read that again. ha. ha!! have a "cool" day. it is so humid here. ( :

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  17. I love how these events can refocus our energies and make different things seem important. I enjoy that feeling, I find it very refreshing!

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  18. I love all your flower shots today. Yep, can't help but love that scent of lavender. It smells heavenly! Great Post!!

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  19. Hello Grace girl !
    Thank you again for mentioning my garden , you are too sweet girl!
    That is why I went overboard with lavender this year myself .. I was obsessed by it and aromatic herbs like rosemary and oregano.
    Unlike you .. I could never forget the chocolate .. BIG sigh, another obsession I am afraid. LOL
    My fingers are double crossed for you with the wedding !
    Joy : )

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  20. Sometimes we just need pretty lol ! Yes that is a foxglove . All so very pretty to and I love the smell of Lavender . Hope all blooms and fills out nicely by the wedding ! Thanks for sharing . oh and I would of still got the chocolate lol Have a good day !

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  21. I totally understand this. I would go five miles out of my way to look at a flower, but then with a wedding coming, well, I understand the need for flowers. The wedding is coming fast. Your flowers are beautiful.

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  22. Lavender is so intoxicating. So is chocolate! Ha!
    Cheri

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  23. Pretty foxglove! Mine have stopped flowering :(

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  24. Very pretty flowers and I can see why they would be hard to pass up. The scent of lavender is heavenly!
    I would never forget chocolate, though! haha! I have a bag of M&Ms in my purse from a shopping trip today. I'm trying very hard not to make them my midnight snack!

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  25. We have lots of Lavender around our place. It is so pretty too. I think maybe you are the accidental gardener instead of incidental. Maybe! MB

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  26. Did you know lavender is edible? It makes a smashing syrup!
    It does sound like you, though, because it's all done with love for your daughter. Still, don't forget the chocolate next time!

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  27. Give me chocolates over cauliflower any day. Loved your writing in this post. Hope your flower garden impresses the wedding guests.

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  28. That lavender must be very special we really don't smell ours 'in the air' so to speak, not unless we squish it between our fingers-too bad for us. I'm sure your garden will be fabulous!

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  29. I love lavender too. Sadly, my favourite plant died last winter. It WAS a terrible winter, wasn't it?

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  30. i love to have the wonderful smell of flowers just outside the windows so that the breeze will fill my house with it

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  31. Great flowers! I used to have a large patch of lavender but accidentally killed it one winter by trimming it too much.

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  32. I too like cauliflower..flowers are lovely - enjoy what you are doing.Hugs M xox

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  33. You were lucky to get out of there without melting down your credit card. Garden nurseries get me every time.

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  34. ohhh i can spend hours and money in the garden center! beautiful choices you made!

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  35. A garden center is just the perfect place to relax and renew. the wedding will be fragrant and beautiful.

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  36. You have a good eye, and a good nose, B! I am an incidental gardener, too. I haven't grown any flowers for a few years. But I would love to try some lavender.

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  37. Sounds a bit like my Phil. "I'd like to plant a couple of trees there but trees that would bear something", said he. He does grow vegies but our last very hot summer ruined nearly all of them.
    Your lavender is entirely different to the one we grow (seeds down so now we have quite a few large plants). I think our is French lavender and it one of the hardiest plants you could wish to grow.
    I love the other plants you showed particularly the last one as it has my favourite colour yellow in it.
    You just need to find hardy plants that don't need too much TLC. The first one, the pelargonium, is very hardy as are geraniums of course and such beautiful flowers in so many colours as well. You can also 'steal' cuttings from those plants when perhaps passing a fence over which they grow. :)

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  38. lavender is extraordinary and I'm looking forward to having some one day. at least, some that will overwinter...

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  39. Grace, I'm so embarrassed after telling you I would most certainly stop by...whoops I totally forgot.

    But what a fragrant post, I can smell it in my mind...it's beautifully, and intoxicatingly written.

    Your gardens will be stunning, because they are planted with love.

    Oh, and Joy, well she's the garden queen hands down, I am merely a apprentice compared to her...she has a stunning collection of well, almost everything that you can grow in her climate. I only wish we were closer to each other.

    Jen

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