I’ve been reading a book (given to me by Rebecca) off and on for a few months now. It’s title: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. At some point, I hope to share more about this book that follows a family through a year of participating in the slow food movement. As I haven’t finished reading it yet, I’ll just share a fun tidbit. It’s only a bit connected to food, but I found it endearing. I hope you’ll enjoy.
The author was celebrating a milestone birthday during the year documented. She asked for no presents, which is hard for those of us who love finding the perfect gift. She offered an alternative, requesting plants for her “half century Birthday Garden: higgledy-piggledy, florescent and spontaneous, like friendship itself.” What she received is amazing.
Dug from their own backyards, a division of a fifty-year-old peony, irises, a wisteria vine, spicy sweetshrub, beebalm, hostas, datura, lilies, and a flowering vine whose name none of us knows. My parents brought an Aristocrat pear, a variety bred by an old friend from our hometown. A geographer friend brought Portuguese collards, another friend indulged my fondness for red-hot chile peppers. Rosemary and sage, blueberry and raspberry, fountain grass, blue sweetgrass, sunshine-colored roses, blue-and-white columbines, scarlet poppies, butterfly bush and “Sunset” echinacea–the color scheme of my garden is “Crayola.” Our neighbor to whom we’d taken the tomato plant, dug some divisions of her prettiest lemon lilies. (chapter 7, page 107)
I’ve said before that books make great gifts. Now I know that plants do as well. I don’t know what all of these plants are, but I love how some of her friends shared of their own gardens. So personal for the giver and the recipient. I hope I remember this idea during planting season.
The season of gift giving is quickly approaching. What are your unique gifting ideas? Would love to hear your personal and creative ideas. I hope you’ll share.