Monday, January 4, 2016

The Rethink

I've had a recent epiphany that I've been going about my life all wrong. Instead of aspiring to noble causes such as only growing plants that support wildlife, I've realized what I really need to do is just lower my standards. No longer will I seek out native plants or cultivars proven to support a host of bees or butterflies. I don't care what the Latin names are or how to pronounce them. I have a new method to my madness: All plants must sound interesting when yelled across the fence to my neighbors while talking like a pirate.




So many possibilities....




Ahoy there, matey! Me garden's full of naked ladies and giant hairy balls
Gar!! Where's me garden knife? There's eyeballs everywhere!


Yo ho ho, officer! I swear I'm just talking about gardening...

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  1. LOL! Let us know how it works out!

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    1. My neighbors would laugh if I did it!! They're very cool, funny people.

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  2. My first thought was: where did she get that outfit?! (Complete with treasure chest yet!) My second thought, based on the "come hither" look in the first photo, was: who does she have behind the camera?!

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    1. The outfit shows up in the blog once a year, starting with Jan 1, 2015. It's just for fun and silliness. It never occurred to me I had a 'come hither' look on my face! I thought it was my 'I'm seriously contemplating which seeds to grow by staring off into the distance' look. My 20 yr old daughter took the pic and is convinced she's the only person who's mom has a pirate costume. She may be right....

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  3. Interesting approach! (What, no parrot?) Is this your official bloggers' fling greeting outfit?

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    1. I have a parrot but it's really hard to attach. I also have a hat but it's too small and I forgot the eye patch. Arrrgh! I'm bummed about missin' me eye patch!

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  4. Tammy, what a great idea! I look forward to seeing your revised plant list!

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    1. When I get it done, I'll let you know. ;o)

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  5. HI-larious! Nothing starts my day better than a really good laugh....thanks Tammy :)

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    1. A smile is the whole point behind this silly post!

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  6. Hahaha:) I suspect a little too much New Year's Eve wine was involved in this decision:)

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    1. Not at all, which is the scary part. This has been in the works for quite a while!

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  7. Tammy girl I see you have.... LOST YOUR DAMN MIND GIRL !!!! hahahaha .. but what a way to go ... so the under pinning of this post is to buy plants that you totally love and who cares if they are buxom beauties for insects or not ! LOL
    Peter is right about the lack of a parrot .. but I really wanted to see the eye patch and captains hat ! haha
    This was a huge giggle for me which I sorely needed ... thank you !
    Joy : )

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    1. Sanity is overrated! I forgot the eye patch. Sadness and despair.... I guess that means I'll have to wear it again so I can wear the eye patch, too!

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  8. I love the sparkle in your eyes. Fun, fun, fun.

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    1. Then maybe it's a good thing I forgot the eye patch!

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  9. Gardening AND cosplay. Brilliant.

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  10. Should get the neighbors out into their gardens more to see what you're up to.

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    1. They're used to me by now and don't even ask why I'm dressed up like a pirate. :o)

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  11. Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of something fun.... Glad to see you out enjoying your garden... not quite as usual. :-) -Beth

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    1. 'Not quite as usual' is my favorite way to do most things. ;o)

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  12. Uh oh! Better call Saul! Cool treasure chest.

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    1. The chest was my husband's idea and is part of household decor. But I think he just wanted to walk around talking about my 'treasure chest' since the jokes began immediately. ;o)

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  13. Normally when I'm in the garden, it's sweaty t-shirt, shorts, grimy shoes and wonky hat time. You've raise the standards, m'lady, with your off-the-shoulder-frilly thing. As for the pirate-speak: ARHHG--still celebrating the new year, lassy!

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    1. Me, too! But every now and then a gal has to dress up. ;o)

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  14. Is there no moral fiber in this country? Not sure how they would sound in pirate lingo, but don't forget these hostas: Striptease, Erotica, Gypsy Rose, Double D Cup, Derriere, Kiwi Full Monty, and my favorite, Little Stiffy.

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    1. I had a good laugh over Little Stiffy. I'm sure it's tag probably said 'Super Jumbo' but we all know the truth....

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  15. Oh Tammy you do crack me up....I'm so glad you haven't changed for the new year.
    Happy New Year my dear!!!

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  16. thanks for the laughs. we also refer to the naked ladies in my garden, so to speak, as dancing goils and girly-girls. happy new gardening year. --suz in ohio

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    1. Hello Suz in Ohio! Those are nicknames that need to be yelled across the yard as loudly as possible. :o)

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  17. Please don' t give up on the Latin. 'White Stemmed Bramble' is not nearly such fun in English as it is in Latin.
    I love the pirate costume but it is a tad impractical for gardening.

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    1. Latin is too beautiful to abandon. :o) I don't think I'll be doing too much gardening in this outfit! There'd be too "pirate booty" on display! ;o)

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  18. Why oh why can't you be my neighbour! Brilliant...laughing away here, and oh my, that is one mighty fine pirate rig up!xxx

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    1. I wish I was your neighbor! We'd have loads of fun!

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  19. Silly and fun - that's starting of the new year off right~ ;-)

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    1. Thanks! I'm very willing to laugh at myself. :o)

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  20. Brilliant! I'm all for lowering standards, and even more so, slowing down. Here's to good fun in the new year, and time to enjoy it!

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    1. Slowing down is such a wonderful thing, especially if it involves loads of laughter. :o)

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  21. This post brought a smile today. I love your philosophy and humour. Wishing you a very Happy New Year

    Helen xx

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    1. Hooray! Happy New Year to you, too, Helen! :o)

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  22. I laughed Tammy! It's pity that these plants have no common names such interesting in Russian as in English. (Lily-tree and swan plant)

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    1. A plant that grows swans would be an interesting addition to the garden!

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  23. That has to be the most original approach to plant selection that I have heard of. I see that your treasure trove seems full but perhaps you still have room for Kiss-Me-Over-the-Garden-Gate, a must I think. However you can forget about "love lies bleeding".

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    1. I do love the idea of kisses over the garden gate! It's much less tragic than 'Love Lies Bleeding'!

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  24. OMG, my afternoon tea was transported through my nostrils! And there is no way you can look innocent in that get-up, matey... This is my favorite post EVER.

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  25. Bwahaha! Too funny! Boy, your neighbors must love watching the shenanigans that go on your garden...

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    1. I do think I keep them entertained. :o)

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  26. Hi Tammy, is that your usual gardening outfit? I won't be shouting plant names across the fence - rather hedge - the neighbours have young and impressionable kids, you know. My philosophy on plants is, if it makes you go, "ooh, aaah, how lovely" when you see it in the catalogue or at the garden centre, it doesn't cost the earth and it might have reasonable chance of living (I make an exception for Clematis on this one), then buy it and find somewhere in the garden to put it in. Gardening can be difficult enough without putting restrictions such as finding gluten-free perennials or annuals with no nuts!

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    1. Too funny! My usual gardening outfit includes loose shorts, a baggy shirt, and a giant hat. This is just for special occasions. :o)

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  27. What fun, if I did that I might be hauled off in a ship to distant lands! Sarah x

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    1. My daughter thinks I'm nuts, my husband thought it was hysterical and my son was just confused. Perfect combo! ;o)

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  28. What a hoot! You have more courage than I. There is so much treasure in the plant world waiting to be discovered.

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  29. What fun, I love your style, and can't wait for the next chapter.

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  30. Honestly, you are the best!!!!

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    1. Thanks! Life's too short not to have fun!!

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  31. Now that I would love to see....especially those hairy balls!

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    1. I'm quite tempted to grow them just so I can yell their name.... :o)

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  32. how funny, now that is a possibility for a specialized plant collection. You look very glam, Tammy, as would be expected from a lady pirate.

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  33. Enjoyed catching up with your blog again! Have been bogged down with family issues since my 85-year old mother fell and broke her hip last fall. Thinking of spring and roses and flowers raises my spirits.

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    1. Welcome back! I hope you and your mother are feeling better. Every day that passes brings us closer to spring. :o)

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