It All Started With a Gift!
A gift of a dried up piece of “something” covered with
clumps of dirt, green appendages and hair growing out of it.
A Special Gift!
A strange “gift” from my dear friend Jean. It was a gift from her mother’s garden and she hoped I would enjoy it.
Jean’s mother had recently passed away and she was now getting ready to sell her mother’s house. The garden was her mother’s pride and joy and she was having a hard time handling the thought of leaving the garden behind. So she decided she would share her mother’s love of gardening with her friends and family . . . a “gift” from her mother’s garden and her mother would not be forgotten!
Well, I took the “strange” gift home. For a week it stayed in a bucket in the garage – right next to the garbage can. I contemplated throwing it out, as I had no idea what to do with it, until one day my conscience got the better of me and I decided – if it was so important for my friend Jean to share her mother with me – the least I could do was plant it somewhere. So that day, I planted the strange “gift” from my friend Jean in my yard.
The following spring approached and that clump of dirt started growing, and within a few weeks turned into the most incredible flower – what I would soon find out was an Iris.
That strange “gift” . . . a little clump of dirt . . . was a great gift that has multiplied and brought me enjoyment ten-fold over the years!
Iris who started out in Jean’s mother’s garden, now has family in all my friend’s and family’s gardens from Michigan to North Carolina.
What would you like to share?
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Living in Charlotte, North Carolina requires you to pull out the map and look for shortcuts to avoid traffic congestion. The other day that’s just what I did. To avoid rush time traffic I decided to try some back roads and found myself on a gravel road passing cow pastures and nature reserves. With deer prancing across the road and no end in sight, I found myself wondering if this really was a short cut to get home. After about ten minutes, I finally found a paved road and my “navigator” quickly said, “turn left.” I turned onto Huntersville-Concord Road (which was still a country road by most standards) and discovered rows upon rows of what looked like large, industrial sheds. Growing up in Michigan, with automotive factories dotting the horizon, it looked like some type of production facility only on a larger (and cleaner) scale.
I noticed splashes of color in the buildings and something that looked like hanging baskets. An immaculate, landscaped entrance with beautiful gardens and an eye-catching windmill identified the facility as Metrolina Greenhouse.
Well, my inquisitive mind had me wanting to know more so as soon as I got home, (and yes I did make it home, although it probably wasn’t any quicker than going my normal route) I got on the computer to find out more about Metrolina Greenhouses – a hidden gem in the Charlotte community.
Here’s what I discovered . . . Metrolina Greenhouse is the largest automated greenhouse in the United States covering 150 million acres and producing 70 million plants per year. Employing more than 700 people, the company supports big box retailers – Lowe’s, Walmart and Sam’s Club – throughout the southeast and generates sales of more than $125 million annually.
Not shabby for a hidden gem . . . on a quiet country road . . . in Charlotte, one of the south’s fastest growing (and most congested) areas!
My ride share is part of the Generation Y – also known as the Millennial Generation. She is young - born between 1980 and the early 2000s. She’s connected to technology and as a result is a master at multitasking using technology to communicate to her peers and connect with the world. She has the world at her fingertips. I don’t know how many times we would be discussing something and she would resort to her iPhone to find the answer. Want to know when a movie will be released? Out comes the iPhone. Wondering where the closest coffee shop is? She checks her iPhone. Will we get to work on time? Her iPhone will have the answer. So one day she started to talk about the newest “tech trend” (her words not mine) and how she’s addicted to it. It seems that her, and her other Millennial friends are hooked on the newest social media trend where, as she describes it, “you pin your favorite things on a digital bulletin board.” It’s Pinterest and the fastest growing social media “tool” (my words not hers) out there! Now the first thing I asked was why would anyone want to know what you like? But according to her, and apparently the Millennial Generation, . . . everyone! She now has over 2,000 followers!
The second thing I asked was where do you find the things to “pin” on your boards? And again she said the internet, usually through (as you might guess) her iPhone. She follows about 600 pinners who share her interests! Totally perplexed as to why I would do it and where I would find the time to do this thing called Pinterest, I asked how often she “pins” on her “boards.” She just finds the time and to date has over 12,000 pins!
So later that week I logged on to Pinterest.com and found it rather neat (my words not her’s). Before long I was playing around with it and pinning my favorite gardening ideas which morphed into garden destinations, garden art, favorite blooms, vertical gardening, water gardening . . . and the boards go on! Soon, I had a few people following my pins. Within months, I had people from all over the world following my boards. I was addicted!
I guess the Millennial Generation can teach the Baby Boomer Generation a few new things!
Check out MyGardenSwap on Pinterest for some great gardening ideas and more. Enjoy!