Here at B&B, I am introducing a new feature called the "Bramble & Bean Questionnaire". A bit like Proust's, but less Belle Epoque, if you get my drift. It's a chance for the gardening blogosphere to get to know other garden bloggers (especially ones that I admire!).
First up from Washington D.C. is Stephanie at Mad Dabblings in a City Garden. I've been an avid reader of her blog for some time now, so please check it out to discover more of her "dabblings"!
|Shakira & Vinnie|
1. What is going on in your garden today?
Stephanie - It's raining, tra la, finally. What a difference a few storms make. The ginger, the hibiscus, the plumeria, the gardenias... are dancing.
2. What is your idea of a perfect garden?
My little greenhouse in February -- an enclosed second floor porch off my office, with my pair of feral parakeets (Vinnie is quite nasty) flitting through the tropical plants that are beginning to bloom.
3. What is your greatest gardening achievement to date?
Figuring out that you can pinch back geraniums and stick the pinchings in a pot and they grow. Oh, and a rubber plant branch did the same -- as did the schefflera...This might seem academic to some...
4. What gardening fears keep you awake at night?
I am fearless. Something dies, stick in a statue, an umbrella, or scatter something glittery.
5. Who are your gardening heroes?
Thomas Hobbes for his fabulous juxtaposition of colors and foliage. Henry Mitchell for his humor. The Queen of Hearts for her way with flamingos. Flamingos.
6. If you could come back as a plant, which one would it be?
9. Your favorite garden in the world and why?
I suppose, Marie Antoinette's garden, Trianon. Can one call this a garden? Saw it on an overcast day in January when my husband and daughter and I were the only visitors and it was beyond captivating. My opinion would probably change if it was July and the place was swarming with plaid people.
10. What is the funniest, most ridiculous or bizarre piece of gardening advice you have been given?
11. What is your favorite piece of advice to give?
Stick flowers in those little watering holders and plunk them in bare spots. Wire lilies to the dead stalks (trust me, you'll even fool yourself), and the aforesaid spray paint.
12. What is your greatest gardening extravagance?
Citrus. I cannot resist them even if they perform pitifully.
13. What do you most value in a garden (yours or others)?
Scent. Roses and jasmine and mock orange and....
14. What is your gardening motto?
If you ain't got it, fake it.