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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:)

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CQUEK said...

is that a Disco Ball? These fun disco ball make everyone at your house want to boogie.

Nellie said...

You definitely created a very unique disco ball! The tarragon appears to be doing well for you. Our weather has permitted planting of potatoes and onions in our garden! For some odd reason, our daffodils are not appearing this spring, and it is too early for any other flowers (except crocus, of which we have none) to be blooming.

Nee said...

Good morning Louise , Love the post as always , now I will try my hand at growing Tarragon it's a wait and see game . I also have spring fever and wants to get my hands in the soil . The crystal window hanger is beautiful and the Disco Ball makes it complete . I know the light coming in through the window is just gorgeous with the beautiful lights bouncing off the ball and beads .
So glad Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal is back , it lets you know that better weather is on the way back . Tell Marion , I too like yard sales , you never know what you will find . Thanks so much for sharing :) (((HUGS))) to you and Marion ....Nee

Mae Travels said...

You must really have a green thumb! In my kitchen the only sprouts are from mushy potatoes and slightly mouldy onions.

Kitchen Riffs said...

I definitely need to plant something today! We've been having warm weather too -- so nice, isn't it? I love that disco ball! In fact the whole window hanger is pretty amazing. Fun, fun post -- thanks.

Poppy Crocker said...

Ha! I love the craziness. That makes a slow-to-start spring just a little brighter. :-)

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Candy!
Well, it's not actually a "disco" ball but it sure was made to look and act like one! Marion and I have been known to do some dancing with it, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

The only onion planting going on around here is in the greenhouses Nellie. At the rate we're going, the Daffodils will be coming up at the same time as the Rose!!!

~~louise~~ said...

When we have sun, Nee, there is lots of light dancing off the walls and a couple of "elderly" ladies too, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

I don't think I have a green thumb, Mae. I think I'm lucky and a bit too adventurous:)

Rosita Vargas said...

Lindo post Louise me gsuta la percha de cristal me recordò la onda disco,saludos y abrazos.

~~louise~~ said...

Plant something, John, herbs perhaps? When the weather finally breaks, you'll be glad you did!!!

Marjie said...

We've had at least an inch of rain in the past 18 hours. So we still have the plowed mounds, but there are mud spots in the lawn now. So how about if I celebrate Mud Day?

Happy Wednesday, Louise. Enjoy your disco ball, and your tarragon.

~~louise~~ said...

I'm glad Poppy!

~~louise~~ said...

Por alguna razón, lol, que soesn't me sorprende que usted discoteca, Rosita, lol ... estoy tan feliz de que te haya gustado!

Zoe said...

Hi Louise,

I love to plant a flower but.... sad sad!!! I will collect seeds rather than planting anything now. ok ok... I shouldn't winch! Like to do some disco too... Ah ah ah ah! Stay alive! Stay alive!!!... LOL!

Zoe

Dottie said...

Dearest Louise, What a lovely post! Happy Plant a Flower Day! I am so glad that you didn't loose your Rosemary and Lavender plants due to the weather. I love Yard Sales as well, You know what they say, One mans trash is another ones treasure. Love the Disco Ball window hanger. When the sun shines, it must be beautiful to see. Your Tarragon twigs are growing sprouts..so happy for you! You, Nee, and some of the other bloggers have a green thumb for sure. I do not, as I was telling Nee on her post, I even kill Catus. I don't mean to, it is just I have no talents for planting or growing flowers. Even though I love them. I love your photo of Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal. Looks like the birds love to visit your house. Thanks for a great Wednesday post...Blessings for a great rest of the week...Dottie :)

Guru Uru said...

Now I feel like planting and discoing, what an awesome decoration :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Jeannie Tay said...

Glad to see your tarragon growing, I can't seem to get anything to grow and the dog doesn't help by chewing up the plastic pot!

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Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

So pretty!

Here's the link to my Tapioca Pudding recipe (in English): http://rosas-yummy-yums.blogspot.ch/2013/03/waiting-for-spring-honeyed-tapioca-and.html

Cheers,

Rosa

Shirley Tay said...

Louise, I was hoping you'd do a real disco dance for us to see. Hahaha! The disco ball certainly reminds me of John Travolta with this Saturday nite fever moves. Those beads are such delicate handicrafts!

backroadjournal said...

How did I miss plant a flower day…maybe because it is hard to think about planting anything with snow on the ground and more coming down now. I was surprised to read that your rosemary lives through your winter weather. All my herbs in our summer garden in Maine overwinter just fine except for rosemary….just too cold. Love the photo of the cardinals.

Geraldine Saucier said...

Love the Disco Ball. Great job:)

Kathy said...

Louise, I just love Marion’s find…it looks so pretty hanging in the window!! It’s a perfect place for your Tarragon! Every year I try to save several of my herbs…this year almost all of them have died. I guess my thumb is not so green! I was especially sorry about my two pots of rosemary…I’ve had them for a couple years! They do seem to still have some life in them! We’ll see! Have a wonderful week…happy gardening!

Lidian C said...

I absolutely love your disco ball, and the tarragon looks wonderful - I tried to grow herbs in my north-facing NYC highrise window as a child and it was, as you can imagine, a disaster...Your pictures are making me want to try again, though (no longer in highrise, though still north-facing alas)

Catherine said...

Dear Louise, I love the Disco ball and the twinkling it does around the living room. However, the tarragon is taking its place for good purpose and so glad the leaves sprouted. I will try this too.
Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Gloria Baker said...

I love this post and your disco ball, omy! you are amazing Louise, look beautiful!! xxxx

Lady Lilith said...

Who knew flowers had their own day? I agree they are super important. Thanks for the great post.

Alida said...

Oh your disco ball is stunning! What a lovely christal to have at home. It must make all the room bright!
Have a fab weekend dear Louise XX

Barbara said...

Disco balls and hummingbirds! Love it, Louise.
As fun as it is seeing new growth sprout...don't imagine Marion is pleased at yet more of her hated tarragon!

Tina said...

I missed flower day. I slept through it all :-) I sure love the cardinals, they are the stars of our feeders. The gold finches shove them out sometimes but it's a lovely burst of color when the males are around. Golds, reds and brown.

Hope you are well and warm, my friend.

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Louise,
Lovely disco ball! It's wonderful that the Tarragon has new leaves, I can almost see your "Tarragon bush" in the future!
My new pot of thyme is dying on me! and the rosemary is not doing well either.
Weather here is not improving too, now we are having water rationing on certain days!
Hopefully it rains real soon!
Have a lovely weekend, and happy gardening!

SissySees said...

Neat! I love the photo of the cardinals. I generally only see them as they flit into the woods when the dogs crash into their sanctuary.

Anne Regalado said...

Louise , I haven't seen disco ball outside well , the discotheque lol I love Marion's find , so unique ! Your tarragon twigs are thriving , never thought that it'll grow on water :D

~~louise~~ said...

I think we may be celebrating "Mud Day" for the rest of the month, Marjie!

~~louise~~ said...

Every time I read that last sentence, Zoe, I just can't help smiling. You are just too funny:) Collecting seeds is very good. I have oh so many, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

I think you are being too hard on yourself, Dottie. Flowers are just like people. You may not be growing a garden per se but you are indeed cultivating many new friendships!

~~louise~~ said...

Go for it Uru!

~~louise~~ said...

Oh no, Jeannie. Some plants are just not good for dogs. Neither are plastic pots...

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you for visiting, jyoti soni:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you so much Rosa. I tried translating it in French but I couldn't since it was a PDF file:)

~~louise~~ said...

They use to call me the disco queen, Shirley, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

It is difficult to get into planting season, Karen. But, we must trudge on so we can enjoy a beautiful array of Summer's bounty which Mother Nature is sure to provide, eventually:) My Rosemary made it through 3 seasons here in PA before it finally gave in. I'm going to try again but this time I'm going to plant it due South:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Geraldine!

~~louise~~ said...

It's been a tuff year inside and out, Kathy. I tried to bring in two Heliotrope plants and unfortunately, I lost one of them. I've read that Rosemary plants get too woody after a few years and it is better just to replace them. I never do though because I become so attached:)

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Lidian!
How wonderful to "see" you!!! You know what they say, "Try, try again:)"

I Wilkerson said...

Well I suppose I could start some flower seeds inside--would that count? The dog must have been hilarious with the disco ball. Our cats are the family's best comics!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

So, is it you, or the disco ball that has the "green thumb?" How nice to have fresh tarragon sprouting under all that light fantastic!

~~louise~~ said...

Try it Catherine, it worked. Although, none of them have roots yet. They are growing though:)

~~louise~~ said...

So glad you like it Gloria! It's sparkling today!

~~louise~~ said...

Mark it on your calendar for next year, Lady Lilith:)

~~louise~~ said...

It sure does brighten up the room, Alida, when the sun is shining, which isn't often enough!

~~louise~~ said...

Marion is wonderful, Barbara. She just goes with the flow:) when it's really sunny I put the tarragon on the window sill and replace the ball, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

That's okay Tina. You're still recuperating:) Mark it on your calendar for next year:) Oh how I wish the finches would return!

~~louise~~ said...

I'm sorry your thyme isn't doing well Joyce. I find my thyme requires a lot of water. Perhaps you should cover it with some sort of plastic dome to keep it moist. Hopefully it will rain by you soon:)

Joyti said...

I adore the disco ball planter, so amazing. Beaded systematically by a blind person - it sort of sends of message of hope and trying and striving and good things like that :)

Good luck with the tarragon clippings!

Debra Eliotseats said...

I love your disco ball planter and I need to do some propagation myself. :)

lena said...

i love how you call it disco ball! it really looks like one! let's jam, louise!

for a blind person to bead that crystal hanger, i think it's really amazing! beautiful!

~~louise~~ said...

It was wonderful to see them, especially together, Channon!

~~louise~~ said...

I rarely see them, Anne. I'm glad Marion has a keen eye:) I have since planted the twigs in dirt. Thankfully, it seems like they took:)

~~louise~~ said...

Yes, Inger, start those seeds! The dog was hilarious with the disco ball and so was Michael. I can't wait until my grandkids come in July. They will LOVE it too!

~~louise~~ said...

The disco ball of course, T.W!

~~louise~~ said...

Welcome Joyti and thanks for visiting! Yes, we are hanging on to the thought that Marion was told the truth. Pretty amazing!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Go for it, Debra!

~~louise~~ said...

Let's Jam, Lena!