Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Favorite Garden Places #1
And there's Miz Anthony's personal herb garden (her rambling built-on a zillion times farm house can be glimpsed in the upper right of the photo.
Her garden is amazing, with the health and size of her plants!
Flats of plants are tucked here and there amongst the barns, greenhouse, and other out buildings.
And more plants.
Finally it's time to check out with my stash.
Miz Anthony, above in the middle, looks over everyone's purchases. She's in her 80's, a little over 4 ft tall these days, and tough as anything. If you need to go to the bathroom before heading back to Memphis, she'll let you use hers in the house ("There's a ghost sometimes that holds to that bathroom door and won't let you out -- if you can't get out, holler and I'll come get it open", and she'll offer you a glass of sweet tea before you leave, and hand copy out her recipe for chocolate mint (as in, made with chocolate mint) pound cake.
As I was checking out and starting to leave with my van-load of deals ("Those plants are heavy, let me carry them to the car for you" really, Miz Anthony?), she decided a different flat of marigolds needed to go home with me rather than the ones I had picked ("I think these are a little nicer and will do better"). And she refers to the plants as "him" and "her" ("now, she doesn't like to be in the hot sun too much, you be sure to give her a little shade in the afternoons and she will do just fine.")
She hosts an herb festival over Memorial Day weekend, with country vendors and craftspeople, barbecue cooked on the premises (pork AND bologna -- pork barbecue being a west Tennessee specialty of course, and barbecued "ring" bologna being a rural specialty of the area), and herb cooking demos with free sampling. I've gone to the festival for years, and wondered why the choice of plants for sale was so small and finally asked Miz Anthony about it several years ago. Turns out the Herb Festival is the end and finale of her selling season, selling off whatever she has left. If you want the best selection, you have to go in April or at least well before the Herb Festival. Now I usually go both in April and again at the Festival.
sharing with Tuesday Garden Party; Home and Garden Thursday