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Hello hurricaners and hurricanettes, happy Friday!

Welcome back to the Good To Grow site. Thanks for being here. Friday is the day I gather my panel of Experts and ask them a plant-related question. It’s our way of getting the weekend started off on the right note.

Let’s say hi to the Experts, shall we? Hi Experts!

“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Liza!”

You guys are so cute! From left to right, that’s Tina, Thack, EZ, Dottie and Lewis. If you’d like to know more about them, please click here.

Dottie suggested this week’s question, and it’s a good one. Let’s get right to it:

Q. Name five songs that have a flower in the title or a garden theme…and of those, which is your favorite and why?

See? Good question! Expert Tina, you’re up first:

A.  paper roses

I never promised you a rose garden

every rose has it thorns

you don’t bring me flowers anymore

The rose

I like every rose has its thorns.. It is a story about life and love and the challenges it has. and a strong and true love will endure the sharp thorns. Songs usually are a story of something or another no matter if it is rap or any type.

Oh look at you, pulling out the power ballad! Did you know that Bret Michaels called that song the anthem of his generation? True story. I didn’t know you could proclaim your own song an anthem. I wonder if I can call this blog the anthem of the plant generation?

You don’t have to be a fan of 80s hair bands to be a winner, Tina…but you are! So congratulations again this week. For playing, you’ve won a free membership to the “we know you’re bald, you can take that bandana off” fan club, an imaginary bouquet of roses that don’t have thorns, and 16 extra credit points. Thanks for playing!

Expert Thack, here’s the question to you:

Q. Name five songs that have a flower in the title or a garden theme…and of those, which is your favorite and why?

A. A countdown to my favorite (picture that being said in Casey Kasem’s voice):

5. (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson: A childhood thing. My aunt still sings it sometimes for no apparent reason.
4. Flowers of Guatemala – REM: a rare, political flower song, about US involvement in Central America in the 80s. Gorgeous song.
3. It Must Have Been the Roses – Grateful Dead: About a girl he let get away, an absolutely beautiful song. Can still make me tear up if I hear the acoustic version while I’m drinking
2. Scarlet Begonias – Grateful Dead: An unrequited love song, the next best thing to a bitter love song. And one of the most melodic things ever recorded, with one of the single greatest Robert Hunter lyrics of all time:

  Once in a while,
  you get shown the light,
  in the strangest of places,
  if you look at it right.

1. Dead Flowers – Rolling Stones: A bitter (and I do mean BITTER) “love” song from the Stones; ’nuff said.

That’s two votes “Rose Garden,” zero votes for songs from this century. You can channel Casey Kasem…I’m going to channel Jeff Probst.

Thack, those are great choices – really wonderful songs, all of them. Nicely played again this week. For your part, you’ve won one “I beg your pardon” free card, an acoustic version of a prize and 12 song-shaped bragging rights. Congratulations!

Up next, Expert EZ Ed Johnson. EZ, here’s the question to you:

Q. Name five songs that have a flower in the title or a garden theme…and of those, which is your favorite and why?

A. Garden (by Pearl Jam), Octopusses’ Garden (the Beatles), I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (Lynn Anderson, I think), Garden Party (Ricky Nelson), and Secret Garden (Springsteen).

Secret Garden reminds me of someone I used to know.

Oh look at that! That’s three votes for Rose Garden, zero votes for songs from this century! Casey Kasem would be so proud! On a side note, man, I love Bruce Springsteen!

Those are all great songs, EZ. Well played again this week! You’ve won a secret secret, a garden memory and an A+. Thanks for being here!

Up next the charming Dottie Correll. Dottie, here’s your question back atcha:

Q. Name five songs that have a flower in the title or a garden theme…and of those, which is your favorite and why?

A. Ah! this subject does my romantic Irish heart good!!!  So many melodies that bring back mixed messages and memories.:

Loves lost:  “YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS ANYMORE” -Neil Diamond
The old gospel song:  “GIVE ME ROSES WHILE I LIVE” ( I dig that)
Poignant Pete Seeger :  “WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE?” -Peter Paul and Mary
For the Sophisticates:  “WALTZ OF THE FLOWERS” by Tchaikovsky
Kick up the Country Vibes a bit with:  “BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP” – Clay Aiken
For the younger set a favorite might be:  “Iris” by the GooGoo Dolls
A real sentimental tear jerker & a favorite:  “THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES”  -sung by Frankie boy

Amazingly, there are hundreds of song titles with flowers in their title — I guess music, romance and flowers make a memorable mix.  My very favorite is:  “THE ROSES OF PICARDY” (Weatherly & Wood).
When my husband and I were courting, one of our favorite “things” was walking hand in hand in the quiet of a misty-rainy night.  Humming our favorite tunes.  My husband was very musical and was possessed of a beautiful tenor voice and he would sing many songs to me as we strolled along.  However, Roses of Picardy was my favorite and the words shake your soul.  He sang this to me the night he proposed:

And a song stirs in the silence
As the wind in the bough above
She listens and Starts and Trembles
’Tis the first little song of love

Roses are shining in Picardy
In the hush of the silver dew
Roses are flow’ring in Picardy
But there’s never a rose like you

And the roses will die with the summertime
And our roads may be far apart
But there’s one rose that dies not in Picardy
’Tis the rose that I keep in my heart.

(It turned my Irish heart to “mush”.  Of course I said “Yes”.)

And the years fly on forever
Till the shadows veil their skies
But he loves to hold her little hands 
and look into her sea-blue eyes

And she sees the road by the poplars
Where they met in the bygone years
For the first little song of the roses
Is the last little song she hears.
*Wipes tears, blows nose*
Wait, was that another earthquake? No? It was the collective shaking and crying of our souls? That sounds right. What a song! What a memory! What a way to propose! Dottie, your husband sounds dreamy. I think he just turned all of our hearts to mush!
And look at you with the Clay Aiken reference! Leave it to the 85-year-old to reference a musician from this century! Haha! I prefer the Foundations version of that song, but that’s neither here nor there.

Dottie, that’s another terrific win for you this week. Well done! Thanks so much for thinking up this fun question, and thanks for being here. For playing, you’ve earned a voucher good for a built-up buttercup, 12 silver stars and a love song for your heart.

You’re awesome!

Expert Lewis Casey is up next. What say you, fine sir?

Q. Name five songs that have a flower in the title or a garden theme…and of those, which is your favorite and why?

A. One of my favorite is this old classic, “I’m limping home to my County Rose cause I’ve got cockaburrs under my toes”  such a lovely song.

You all remember this famous number   “Sweet Corn Alabama”  just love that song, roasted, creamed or chowder.

Another great works is the hit,   “Fighting and Farting in Old Bean Town tonight”    such a stirring song that leave us with a insightful memory.

And who can forget this unforgettable number one   “ I’m Sorry You are Angry Love but I didn’t Put That Burr Up Your Butt”

So now I give you my most favorite song that will touch your heart and other parts also,  “Oh Sweet Pea, I know that you are upset I got drunk, puked on your new party dress, fell over the dog, crushed your prize gladiolas, but I hope you still love me Oh Sweet Pea.

Sweet Corn Alabama, why well who doesn’t love corn. Enjoy all available at your local imaginary shop.

  • Rain glorious rain but sadness for the good folks at Dixon Apples Orchard the awful Las Conchas wild fire dealt them a terrible calamity and then heavy rains created disastrous floods that have destroyed, mangled and buried every thing else. Good hard working folk trying to make a difference by growing excellent apples in a beautiful New Mexico place. I have eaten Dixon apples and they were good, Special places and special people are what has made OUR country America great, when they are all gone we will no longer be great just sad.

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*Wipes tears. Blows nose.*

“I’m sorry you’re angry love but I didn’t put that burr up your butt.” I’m crying I’m laughing so hard. Lewis, you just made everyone’s day with your answer! You are a funny, funny man.

And kindhearted. What’s happened to Dixon’s Apple Orchard is utterly sad. First the freeze, then the fire, now the floods. That poor family. Our hearts go out to them, and we all are pulling for them to rebuild even though I’m sure that seems daunting.

Thanks Lewis, for giving us a laugh, and then reminding us of what’s really important. You’re awesome, too. For playing this week, you’ve earned four blessings, a half dozen pretend ears of corn and the title of “Funnymeister” for the rest of the week. Congratulations!

All of my Experts are awesome, aren’t they? Big round of applause to all of you. The Experts are going to have next Friday off for Labor Day weekend. They’ll return on September 9th.

I’ll be here next Friday with the answer and the winner(s) of the plant puzzler, along with a new puzzler.

Now, last week’s puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Last week, I asked if this plant was real or fake:

Haha, what a great mailbox!

Let’s see how you answered:

The very funny Steph from Indianapolis wrote, “ROFLMAO!!!! Fake…and apparently making the cow shit mail.”

Martha from Plowing Through Life wrote, “Har har har…loved Lewis Casey’s answer; it was quite entertaining. As for this week’s puzzle, I’ll vote that the plant is real. If I’m wrong, I tip my hat to this real plant for doing an incredible imitation of being fake.”

Terrence from Dynamic Gardening wrote, “This is a very unique mailbox, I’m going to say that it is a fake plant, I might be wrong though.”

Tom from Theatrum Botanicum wrote, “Fake!”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “it’s obvious… you don’t feed a real pig fake flowers and you can’t feed a fake pig real ones… That’s just not right. I’m pretty confident that the humane socioty would back me up on that too… FAKE.”

Claude! Duh! That’s a cow not a pig! Your point is taken, though. Let’s take a look at a close-up shot and see if that offers any clues:

Hmmm, those look like super fake poinsettias to me. Because they are!

Steph, you made me laugh, and you were correct, and you were first. Please, multiply all prizes by six apples. Martha, I believe you meant to say fake but accidentally said real, so I’m gonna go ahead and call that a win. Terrence, the mailbox belongs to my Aunt Nancy – I’m pretty sure hers is the only one in existence. You’re a winner, too. As are you, Tom, as usual (I don’t think you’ve ever lost at one of these puzzlers). And Claude, you also win, even though you can’t tell a cow mailbox from a pig mailbox.

Thanks to all of you for playing! This week, you’ve each won a pretend button that says “I know real from fake,” 18 bonus points and the title of “Plant Puzzler Master” until next Friday. Congratulations, and thanks for being here.

Up next, the new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Are these plants real or or fake?

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section. You have until midnight next Thursday, September 1st, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner after next week’s panel of Experts. Remember, the prizes may be imaginary but the glory of winning is oh-so-real.

I’ll be back manana, hope to see you here.


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