- Hives, and I don’t mean the ones filled with honeybees.
- Wild hair caused by fists pulling it in dismay.
- Furious weeding, watering and feeding.
- No response to family members encouraging the sufferer to come in out of the heat.
- Stumbling around the paths muttering “Oh no!”
- Traveling to garden centers to purchase fresh plants. Garden fluffing then ensues.
One cause for GVAD is a visit by Someone of Garden Importance. A SOGI (pronounced so-jee) is a lot like a VIP, but better. When a SOGI visits, the gardener knows she’ll get more than “Oh, that’s pretty,” as said by the normal visitor or family member roped into looking at the garden yet again.
Only a SOGI knows that after fifteen minutes of wading under overgrown climbing roses, you’re only getting started. Only a SOGI sees all of your daylilies and kindly comments, “You are a collector. That’s plain to see.”
On Thursday, a double SOGI event occurred. Pam from Digging and her sweet mother, June (don’t you just love that name?) came over. Pam and I met in person when I attended the Spring Fling in Austin, but I was a fan of her blog long before. When she asked to visit while seeing her mom in Tulsa, I could hardly say no, although August in Oklahoma is not the best time for a tour. All week I’ve worried about what she’d think, but once she pulled into the driveway, most of my fears were relieved. It was as if an old friend stopped by, but this friend understood the obsession, ‘er passion I devote to the craft.
Pam brought me a ‘Best of Friends’ daylily, and I gave she and her mom some of my pink garden phlox. We walked around and dripped in the heat. Pam’s mom also understands the insanity, I mean, love for plants. We talked for two hours about gardens, blogging, writing, landscaping and garden coaching.
Pam and I discussed agaves, including which ones might work in my USDA Zone 7a climate. I want a â€˜Whaleâ€™s Tongueâ€™ agave (Agave ovatifolia ), but I’m not sure it will survive our winters. Pam suggested planting it in a container and then placing the pot in a protected area. I could also move it to the basement for its winter stay.
Pam and her mother liked the variegated tapioca and the garden phlox. Pam said she was surprised how much was still blooming although it was August. It looked pretty bad to me, but then I’ve seen it in June.
After the tour, we came inside and drank homemade lemonade (recipe to be later posted.) I finally looked at my watch and realized we’d missed lunch. I suggested a local eatery with hamburgers and hand breaded onion rings. After lunch, we parted, and they went on to shop in downtown Guthrie. I hope they found some great antiques.
Note that GVAD is related to GADS and has some of the same syptoms. If you find a gardener wandering around his or her plot pulling our perfectly good hair, for goodness sakes, get in there and help weed. You never know when a SOGI might visit you.