Note: This is the second in a series of bi-weekly Friday chats. Feel free to weigh in on the conversation for a week or two after the initial post.
This is the specific passage from Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation that charmed me three years ago:
Their houses smelled of cinnamon tea, marigolds, burning church candles…They tended garden plots of geraniums, squash, tomatoes, cilantro and chile, decorate with stones that were painted to look like Popeye, Olive Oyl and Cantinflas…They healed children, and animals, with their remedios, potions and poultices made with herbs that had names like el garrabato and la gobernadora.
The plants that I keep in honor of this passage are marigolds and geraniums.
Long-time readers know that I always plant zinnias for my maternal grandfather, to whom this blog is dedicated.
Of course, I’m not alone in deriving inspiration from books and people. As Joan shared last week:
Louise Erdrich brought me geraniums. Before her gift, I dismissed them as a flower old people planted in cemeteries. I avoided them in nurseries. I thought they were “common.” Their unattractive selves came only in a bad shade of lipstick red or a neon that hurt my eyes. They smelled funny, too. I wanted no part of them until Louise Erdrich with one turn of a sentence transformed them into a flower I had to have.
This stream of thought has me wondering who among us, besides Joan and I, has a favorite passage or story that is referenced within the confines of their garden.
Do you have a “garden inspiration story” to tell? Is there a particular plant that you “must have” each year? Share your experience via blog posts (trackbacks here are welcome), a link to an existing page, or post your comments over on Facebook or Twitter.