Gardening……always a winner

By on Jan 21, 2009 in America, Tomatoes and veggies |

During all the campaigning leading up to the Obama administration, there was a lot of talk about “day one” of a new administration. The Better World Campaign held an “On Day One” contest collecting ideas and votes on how a new President elect could renew and inspire community. They finally decided that global leadership begins at home……on the White House lawn. That’s right, as in my previous post suggesting a hybrid vegetable be grow in the White House garden named “Barrack-oli” it appears the Better World campaign agrees that gardening is a winner. Their winning idea comes from a man from Scarborough Maine who proposed a small “Victory Garden” on the White House grounds. The idea recognizes the economic, energy and environmental benefits of local, organic food production. The hopes of Mr. Doiron, the contest winner, is...

The Tree of Liberty

By on Sep 11, 2008 in America |

Driving through downtown Grand Rapids on Thursday 9/11 2008, stopped by the Ford Museum to find the Boy Scouts saluting the flag continuously throughout the day. What a wonderful demonstration of how we need to be reminded and remember…….As I sat on the ground and took these pictures I thought of the quote from Thomas Jefferson: “The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” The Americans who died in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania 7 years ago were Patriots because their memory reminds us of the price that has been paid throughout history for our liberty and freedom. I’m reminded today of the freedom I enjoy and the price that has been paid to grow and maintain the “tree of liberty.”

A Mind Employed

By on Jul 16, 2008 in America, General |

Thomas Jefferson said “a mind employed is always happy.” He must have been one happy guy because a visit to Monticello proves the wheels were always spinning in his mind. The same man who drafted the Declaration of Independence, made the deal of the century with the Louisiana purchase, was our third President and founded the University of Virginia was also a happy gardener. Click on the link at the top of my home page “Monticello and Jefferson Rules” to learn more. Enjoy some of the sights from my Monticello visit.   At the right is Jefferson’s beloved Monticello with Gomphrena or Globe Amaranth blooming in the foreground. Try some of these flowers in your landscape, they’re unique, tolerate the heat of summer and make a great cut flower. July is a month for lilies in the landscape. Some of Jefferson’s favorite plants were...

As long as grass grows…..

By on May 21, 2008 in America, Memorial day |

  Memorial day, originally called Decoration day, has its roots in the 1800’s following the Civil War. Many different cities and towns lay claim to to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. Womens groups in the South were decorating graves with flowers before the end of the Civil War. General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic proclaimed May 30 as Memorial day in his General order No. 11. Most calendars today will still designate May 30 as Memorial day, but it’s celebrated on the last Monday of the month to create a long holiday weekend. Interestingly, the South refused to acknowledge the designated day in the General Order. They honored their dead on a different day until World War I changed the holiday from honoring Civil war dead to honoring Americans who died in any war. It was also World War I that reinforced the “decorating”...