Yesterday I did my civic duty and voted. Today I am sick to death of politics, it makes me grumpy. Working in the yard makes me happy. So I am devoting my blog to things that make me happy and allows me to live out whatever is good, whatever is praiseworthy, and whatever is true. Planted For Good is my attempt to share my desire to be planted for a while and make my world a beautiful place. No longer will I post information just for the sake of information which in this 21st century is too numerous and too little valued. In college, I studied art and design and loved it. I still love it. But as every struggling artist knows, you can’t make much of a living from it, so artists learn to live with less so we can live with what truly feeds us, beauty.
I love books. No surprise I have an Amazon.com search bar on my blog. Children’s books are among my favorites. Miss Rumphius is one of my favorites. As a small child she tells her grandfather her dreams of travelling the world. Her grandfather tells her there is something else she must do. She must make the world more beautiful. Without telling you the entire story, at one point in her life she plants lupin seeds wherever she goes. With our many moves and the many gardens I’ve planted and tended from the northeast to the southwest, Miss Rumphius is still very dear to my heart.
While in high school I announced to my mom my desire to study horticulture, she laughed and thought I was kidding. I was not. Although California is an agriculture mecca due mostly to the Central Valley, Orange County in 1975 was not. By this time most of the orange groves had been replaced with suburbs, strip centers, and malls. Not that it mattered to me. I had no intention of staying in Southern California with its Hollywood weirdness and in-your-face billboards. I wanted to go somewhere and make the world beautiful and, in my eyes, Southern California was too crazy to transform. Eventually I did escape from California but it took me over 30 years, although I still have not settled anywhere. So wherever the good Lord puts me, I plant a garden, nurture, and care for it and try to make my corner of the earth a more beautiful place.