|Sarah Ann loves arranging flowers, for instance. A handsome clump of|
Spanish moss can add unexpected, New-World flair
to an heirloom Delft vase-ful of tulips or whatever.
Sarasota's Marie Selby Botanical Gardens might help an old-fashioned English girl lose her distrust of vulgar Americans. Or maybe not - are orchids vulgar?
|Maybe purple generally is vulgar. It is certainly neither pink nor clerical gray.|
I understand that they would not wish to live there, but Florida can certainly make a great place to visit, say if the Scottish winters start to feel a bit daunting. Maybe I'm just thinking that, though, because I was in Sarasota back in October, and now I'm back in DC, where the second segment of a good-size snowstorm is dropping another 4-6 inches of snow on the driveway I just cleared of approximately 14 inches. My Florida friend is testy because the upcoming holiday means the beaches are crowded with tourists.
Ha ha to her come spring, though, when I get back out into the garden as she ducks back into the air-conditioning and mosquito screens.
|Personally, I'd prefer not to garden with mangroves, but I suspect Hugo and the Mrs.|
are up for anything.
As we all know, touring, whether in Avignon or along the Gulf coast, is exhausting, and requires a nice pick-me-up in the mid-afternoon.
|Tea at Selby gardens. Really, paper cups were all they had. Oh, woe.|
But the menu of loose-leaf teas available was a skosh insane with the variety.
|For instance, birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.|
|Birthplace of the Methodist church, or something like that.|
Sure, Methodism isn't CofE, but it's pretty well-mannered.
By the way, that last one's for you, Betty JoDee. Mwah.