Thursday, April 25, 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow? Mini flash cards & Hallmark doll card images

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells and cockle shells,

and pretty maids all in a row

Spring has been an Ugly Duckling  in the north east.

And I have spent my time with seed catalogs and garden blogs. Making plans.

My Pretty Maid Hallmark Doll Card 1947

It is cold and raining but I don't mind. I am curled up with a cup of tea.  My father is on the phone discussing raised beds and vertical gardening. This is an old conversation and I recite my part, then listen to his voice more than the words.'"Drop three matches into the hole, add a little soil then the pepper plant. " 

"I'm gonna plant nasturtiums at the corner of the raised bed,"  I have  every spring since I was three when my great grandfather explained to me that  was where one put nasturtiums. "And marigolds of course."
"Of course," he agrees. "Don't forget a border of radishes will keep bugs from eating the tomato plants.  Can you get chicken manure or do you want  me to bring you some? "

Little Bo Beep Hallmark Doll Card 1947

One year my brothers spent a week shoveling fresh chicken manure for a local gardener.  I had pitched a fit at the pure unfairness that the boys got to spend the day at one of my favorite gardens, a garden with a tractor, while I was consigned to dance school.  Dance school, I observed darkly, was for prissy little sissy girls. That night I watched my exhausted, extremely fragrant brothers fall asleep at the dinner table, forks in hand. I thought about the new patent leather carrying case with the pink leotard and ballet slippers abandoned in the back seat of the Oldsmobile. Maybe dance school wasn't so bad after all.

"I'll buy a bag of desiccated manure at the nursery," I say. "Do you want morning glory seeds? I have a LOT. They grow like weeds here."
"Plant some to shade the zinnias," Dad replies. "You always burn up the zinnias." And he's right, I always burn up the zinnias. 

"If you don't want manure, what about shells. There are bushel baskets of them here." At one time it was common to see sun bleached shells used as a border in a flower garden.
"Sure. Yes, Dad, I'll take the shells."
 Cinderella Hallmark Doll Card 1947
" I want some more lilac." I say. "I'm thinking about doing some cuttings."
"Well, here's what you do," he begins, and I listen closely because it is nice to hear his voice.


How does your garden grow?

With silver bells and cockle shells,

and pretty maids all in a row.

The Queen of Hearts  Hallmark Doll Card 1947



I'm linking with the following parties.
 I hope you'll join the fun!

How Sweet the Sound

Pink Saturday

Where my one of my favorite links last week was

Here is a teaser picture from Miss Connie's post. This is a room I could live in!

I am also partying at

Lavender Garden Cottage

lavender garden cottage 

Where you can find a lovely post about
LCG's moon garden.



  1. What a great bunting you made. I love that sweet little poem!


  2. What sweet little images you added to your banner. So cute. Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

  3. Very pretty! That would cheer me up during these chilly north east days! Come on SPRING and SUMMER!

  4. Susan,
    I hope I am responding to the right person. I get so confused with the Google + ID's.
    These are all so cute!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by Debbie-Dabble!!


  5. Wow, that bunting is a work of art! And those Hallmark girls are so precious. Love, Love, Love it all.

  6. I love your banner it is so sweet!!! Your great grandfather sounds like he was a very smart and fun gardener to be around!

  7. Oh I love your banner and your sweet gals. I smiled as I read advice that I too have heard for years. I've planted my radishes and will put in tomatoes soon. Marigolds and Nasturtiums will go in soon. I love learning from those who have gardened for years. My love of gardening came from my mother and father. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. Forgot to mention that picture looks like Cherry Hill Cottage. I love her home! Hopping over to see.

  9. Susan ,
    Thanks for coming by Garden House Living and thank you for the compliment. Your blog is lovely. I so want more time to do paper crafts love all the stuff in this post and the gardening advice with your dad, PRICELESS!
    have a great day, Peggy @

  10. I just love this post. You and your father have a special relationship. I wish I lived near my parents. We moved to the country and we are trying to rabbit proof the back area where the garden will go. Hubs is still working on the gates to keep them out. I wonder if they WILL stay out! I love Cherry Hill Cottage, too. I think I will reupholster a little love seat in red check!


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