“When anybody asks, 'What are you writing about now?' if I try to reply, the book-in-the-works sounds so idiotic to me that I think, 'Why am I trying to write that puerile junk?' So now I give up; if I could talk about it, I wouldn't have to write it."
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet


Thursday Thirteen #20

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thursday Thirteen
Thirteen Things I'd Like To Grow In My Next Garden

1. Crimson King Maple Tree - My Grandma had one in her backyard and I always loved those beautiful dark red leaves. Hers grew in a wide pattern like it was stretching it's arms out to welcome you, instead of the typical tall pattern, but either way, I would love to have one in my own yard.

2. Old Man Willow Tree - This is more something the Geek wants than me, but I do think they are beautiful. Of course, it's really just a Weeping Willow tree, but being Tolkien fans, it will without a doubt be called Old Man Willow.

3. Birch Trees - There are two small Birch trees on Ithilien right now. I hope to add more. They are so graceful and whispery.

4. Flowering Crabapple Trees - Those lush blooms in spring are too much to pass up.

5. Apple Trees - Shiny apples of many colors. Sweet and tart for making pies or eating right off the tree. Yummy!

6. Double White Lilacs - My first experience with these was at my current house. They are the most beautiful lilacs I have ever seen and I must have some in my new garden!

7. Heirloom Roses - I love them all. The big fat ones with seemingly millions of petals packed tightly, which remind me for some reason of Jane Austen novels. Or the sparse ones with only a single round of petals; simple, but not by any means lacking in beauty.

8. Peonies, Peonies, and more Peonies! - I adore peonies. I don't think I have ever seen a peony I didn't immediately fall head over heels in love with.

9. Simple white Daisies - sweet and smiling

10. Lilies of the Valley - I want to hide them in little corners here and there where they will peek out from under another plant like tiny fairies jumping out to surprise you.

11. Grapes - Whether eating them or drinking them, I love grapes.

12. Raspberries - Sweet and tart and pretty besides. Hopefully I can keep the birds from eating them all!

13. Lots and lots of veggies! - There is just nothing like the taste of fresh vegetables picked from your own garden...nothing.

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At 3/30/2007 9:19 PM, Anonymous Holymama! wrote:

i love this list! my elementary school had crabapples, and every year lots of kids would get in trouble (and others injured) when they failed to resist the urge to hurl a crabapple at someone. fun!

At 3/30/2007 9:46 PM, Blogger Julie Q. wrote:

I love the whole Jane Austen, English garden rose scene. Lovely.


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