Planting by the Light of the Moon: Always good to hear from Aunt Bett

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Planting by the Light of the Moon

By Sharon
April 6, 2012

Aunt Bett said, "Listen to the moon. It'll tell you when to plant." I think she was real close to being right.

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 6, 2012 2:49 AM CST
My grandparents planted this way too. Now I wish I could remember even half the things they did on their farm. Sometimes the "good old days" really were the good old days. Lovey dubby
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Sharon
Apr 6, 2012 7:58 AM CST
Hi Song,

My grandson is seven and when he was about 4 and was spending a lot of time with me, he knew when I was writing it was time for him to entertain himself. I usually had a couple of morning writing hours and again a couple of hours in the evening. He always wanted to know what I was writing so I told him I was writing about memories, things I remember about times spent with my grandmother and aunts long ago. He told me that he and I were making memories too and that maybe I should write about them. I told him that would be his job when he got a little older. Recently when he was here, just the two of us one evening, he answered the phone because I was working at the computer. It was his dad calling and I heard Ethan say to him: "Nana can't come to the phone right now, she's working on our rememberings."

Don't think I'll ever forget that. Rememberings are so important.

Thanks Song, for reading the article.
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rocklady
Apr 8, 2012 6:55 AM CST
Loved the article, Sharon. My grandparents also planted by the moon as well as Uncle Frank up in Virginia. He always had a wonderful garden, even though he didn't have a "farm." They lived in town, but always had fresh vegetables and lots of flowers.

As far as memories go, I think one very important thing is to pass on memories of growing up and family to our children. Perhaps that is one reason I am so passionate about genealogy as well as gardening.

Although I will never publish anything, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will have lots to read as I keep diaries of the trips we have taken and special occasions we have attended.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Apr 8, 2012 8:16 AM CST
Keeping memories! That's so important, Jean. I'm glad you are doing that for your family. Where we came from and what we believe, what we've learned, is all a part of what makes us who we are. It all becomes a part of our children as well.

Thanks for reading the article.

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HappyJackMom
Apr 9, 2012 10:56 AM CST
Rememberings, what a wonderful way to put it. It looks as though little Ethan has inherited his Grandma's thinking skills, and maybe a future author in his own right. Thumbs up

Another planting memory that your article had brought to mind, was of my Grandma Gillis planting flowers in an old tire at the cabin every Spring. One plant that I dearly loved had beautiful plumes of tiny rosy-pink flowers, and it came up EVERY year. They were my very favorite at the time! Years went by, and then when we were living in Washington, I remembered those flowers, but had no idea what they were called. We checked all the wonderful nurseries that abound in the Seattle area, and couldn't find anything that looked like that plant. Then one Spring, out in front by the mail boxes, just 6 inches from the roadbed a new plant popped up, and when it bloomed, I sat down on the grass beside it and cried. There was the flowers that had been hiding in the shadows of my mind. Grandma had sent me her beautiful flowers. After we moved back to Arizona and started planting our flower gardens, I told Earl, "We have to find that plant that Grandma had planted so long ago." Finally after checking out the nurseries in Flagstaff and Payson, we found that plant, a Centranthus ruber, better known as Jupiter's Beard. And here he grows, every year in a bed of rocks in clay soil at 7,000 feet. With careful deadheading, it will bloom all Summer long, and it warms my heart.

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This was it's second blooming of the season, and they are never quite as full as those that grew at 1,200 feet. But they still fill my head with thoughts of Grandma.


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Sharon
Apr 9, 2012 11:00 AM CST
What a beautiful sweet story of a lovely plant.
Thank you so much for sharing it, Donna. Rememberings, yes. You've kept them too.
How beautiful!
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rocklady
Apr 9, 2012 11:54 AM CST
Wonderful story Donna. It's amazing how a certain flower or certain scent can conjure up "rememberings" in all of us.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

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