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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Let's Disco! It's Plant A Flower Day

I know Wednesday is normally Wordless but I felt this post for Plant A Flower Day needed some commentary.

Yesterday just happened to be the most gorgeous day we have had here in Central Pennsylvania in what feels like eons. It felt good! It was wonderful to see Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal back, if only for a brief interlude. At least I know they survived the Winter:)

I took a stroll into the garden seeking something to share for Plant A Flower Day but, it just "ain't" happin'. There's snow, a very mushy messy garden, and whole lotta water logged plants. None bolted though which I'm thrilled about. That's how I lost both my Rosemary and Lavender plants a few years back. Whew!

By the end of my stroll, I still hadn't come up with just the right subject. Time for a back up plan:)

As many of you know, Marion LOVES yard sales. Last year, she eagerly gifted me this crystal like window hanger you see above. Apparently, the woman who sold it to Marion told her that it was systematically beaded together by a blind person. Astonished, I just knew I had to find a place for it, someday.

As it would happen, someday didn't come until...I found that "disco ball" at yet another yard sale. Actually, it's a large styrofoam ball covered in little mirror tiles. Isn't it soooooo coooool....Well, I think it is and so did Marion's grandson when he visited for Thanksgiving last year. However, as much as Michael loved the lights spiraling around the living room, his Lab, really went nuts for it as he ran in circles around the living room at full speed. It was quite comical really:) I thought I had a picture but I can't seem to find it:) If you look really close, you will spy another smaller "disco ball" beneath the larger one. With one tug of the glass hummingbird's tail, my living room lights up like, well, a disco hall, lol...We LOVE it!

What does all this disco jive have to do with Plant a Flower Day? Plan B, Tarragon clippings.

If you remember, a few weeks ago I mentioned that the International Herb Association had chosen Artemisia as the Herb of the Year for 2014. You might also remember that at the same time, I discovered Marion is not too fond of French Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus.) What's a girl to do? I just couldn't bring myself to toss it in the compost bin or even freeze it, although, I have read that it freezes really well. I decided I would strip it down, dry the leaves and stick all the remaining twigs in water to see what happened.

I had gotten the Tarragon at the local grocery store. My expectations for any growth was not optimistic. I didn't read up on How to Propagate Tarragon. I just stuck the twigs in some water and waited. But where to wait was the question. I wanted a place they would get any ray of sunshine that was available. We haven't been experiencing too many sunny days here in PA so every ounce of sunshine counts. After a bit of hemming and hawing from Marion, I decided to switch out the "disco ball" for itsy bitsy Tarragon twigs.

And guess what, some of them grew new leaves!!!

Happy Plant a Flower Day Everyone!!! Louise:) Check out Gloria's Chicken in Tarragon Sauce for a taste:)