Like mother, like child

“Let’s take a look at the mother plant.”

This is a phrase often used by those of us who love to share plants and help others design and plan their gardens. An awkward, sideways sprig of Callicarpa is not a true indication of the mature plant that will anchor the garden with its wide, arching branches.

The two unevenly sized light green leaves of the baby hosta will not brighten up a shade garden like it will when it acquires the striking variegation of its parent on its spreading foliage.

A careful look at the “mother plant” will very often give a good indication of what to expect from the offspring. Continue reading “Like mother, like child”

Plagiarize this garden!

Inspiration. That’s what I choose to call it when I visit a gorgeous garden and try to replicate it in my own backyard. A particularly nice garden tour was the inspiration for my latest project; turning the shady tomato bed into a hosta garden.

Since there will not be enough shade (nor enough funds) to put 600 varieties of hostas into that space, mine will be a miniature version of what I saw. I’m sure the owner of that inspirational garden won’t mind my being a copycat.

Much has been said in the past few days about using words and phrases that have been used by someone else. Continue reading “Plagiarize this garden!”


“The Gileadites seized the fords of the Jordan before the Ephraimites arrived. And when any Ephraimite who escaped said, ‘Let me cross over,’ the men of Gilead would say to him, ‘Are you an Ephraimite?’ If he said, ‘No,’ then they would say to him, ‘Then say, “Shibboleth”!'” And he would say, ‘Sibboleth,’ for he could not pronounce it right. Then they would take him and kill him at the fords of the Jordan” (Judges 12:5-6 NKJV).

I often purchase clothing and equipment in South Asia as I have needs on my trips. I frequently see quality brand merchandise offered for sale, and in the early days of my work I was amazed at how inexpensive some of the items were. I soon learned however that most such goods are not legitimate, but are counterfeits produced to deceive the unwary. Continue reading “Counterfeit”