Today is all about the love! Since today, February 14th, is a day that people have come to associate with all things love, I thought it would be appropriate to give you my top 14 countdown to things I love. I love many things, knitting, card making, yarn, cooking, etc., etc. I’ll try to reign the love in for this blog and only talk about my gardening loves. Without further ado.
Top 14 things the Paisley Carrot loves:
#14 Napa, California
I happen to have been born in the most beautiful place on earth, in my humble opinion. This is a place where, let’s face it, if you plant it, it will grow. So this is where the roots of a garden addicted girl got started. And what a good place to start!
This brings me to my next love. Also from Napa by way of my grampa Wilson…
My first plant obsession. My grandparents house was flanked on three sides by gorgeous Camellia bushes. I lived with my grandparents for a few years when I was at an impressionable age. One day when I came home from school, I found the gardener hacking away at my beloved Camellias. I was mortified! My grampa Wilson intervened and from that time on, the only person allowed to touch the Camellias was me! I don’t think Manuel cared much one way or another, but I filled their house with Camellia blossoms for the three to four months they would bloom. Years later my grampa Wilson told my aunt that while I was there was the happiest the house ever was. Awww….
My planting obsession continued on in my teens and twenties and evolved to include…
#12 African Violets
A dear friend, Marguerite Hogg gave my my first african violet when I was a young (very young) bride living in El Dorado, AR. I loved everything about them, even that they are fussy and can be difficult and sometimes get what is the equivalent to “the vapors”. I loved my violets so much that I carried them on my lap for the fifteen hour trip from Arkansas to Lake Jackson, Texas when we moved, not trusting them with anyone else.
Come to find out, carrying plants on your lap across country is nothing new or extraordinary.
Zepherine Droughin Roses
These antique roses were brought across the country by a homesteading wife in 1810! They are a mannerly climbing rose that heavily flowers year after year with the most intoxicating bourbon true rose scent. Add to that the canes are nearly thorn free, and you have the perfect rose for archways and trellised gates. You have no worries about the kiddos getting poked or skewered with these beauties by the playground. I plant a Zepherine Droughin at every house I live, and I give them to friends and relatives as gifts. If you haven’t met this gorgeous specimen yet, please do make her aquaintence. You won’t be sorry.
#10 The Antique Rose Emporium, Independence, Texas
You can get your Zepherine Droughin rose at the Antique Rose Emporium. My family has been going to the Antique Rose Emporium for the last 18 years. Every year we make a trip to see and take pictures in the Bluebonnets and we spend a day at the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence, TX. I do mean we spend the entire day here. There is a “Peter Rabbit” garden, a water garden, six or seven formal rose gardens, a yellow brick road maze, a restored prairie one room school house, a gazebo, a place for picnics, a dry goods store, a old time drug store and so much more, I must just stop! A rose lovers dream, a photographers paradise, it’s a place where you feel it is your own “Secret Garden” My daughter even wants to have her wedding there (many, many years from now).
Have I convinced you? Antique Rose Emporium, Independence, TX. It’s a good thing!
#9 What’s old is new. Heirloom tomatoes are my number nine thing to love.
I love that my great grandparents may have grown a tomato that looked and tasted like the one I’m growing now. I love that I can pass on the seeds from my garden to my kids and grand kids. I love that we can preserve a piece of the past and know that we are influencing the future. I love how they taste!