Have you heard of Vine? For once, I’m talking about something other than the garden. Vine is a smartphone app brought to you by the good folks at Twitter, who are all billionaires for good reason. Two of my children like Vine very much, and one makes videos all the time. They are wry, cynical and mercilessly funny. I remember being twenty when I was just as cynical. Twenty is a time when you’re frightened by all of life’s possibilities, but you can’t let the world know. You must always appear as if you have the world by the tail even when it looks like a tiger.
I love tech. Give me a new app or gadget, and I’m excited to play. I began using Vine when it was first released. While videos aren’t my media of choice–I like still photos better–I find it fun to share a six-second snippet of life once in a while. In connection with a talk I’m doing on social media at the Oklahoma Master Gardener Conference this Friday, I was playing around with my iPhone and Vine, capturing a few moments in the garden and out. When you click on this video of the back garden, make sure the sound is turned on, and you might heart birdsong.
For those wondering about the greenhouse construction and why I haven’t posted on it, here is one showing how it’s coming along. Since I don’t need the greenhouse during the summer, I’m not in a huge hurry to finish it. Other things are calling my attention at the moment. Friends from the Central Oklahoma Hemerocallis Society, my daylily club, are coming to see my garden on June 22nd. Bill and I have worked very hard to get things in line for the tour. I’m also working on a book. I wish, sometimes, that I lived in God’s time instead of my own finite version. I also wanted you to meet my dog, Maddie. She is a rescue, and my constant garden companion. She is a restless creature always up and moving, but if I work on a section of the garden, she lies just like this until I move to get a tool or something. I love her, but her love is a bit smothering at times. It is hard to be adored 24/7.
By the way, she does come around to my bedroom and to watch me sleep in the mornings according to Bill.
Vine makes six-second looping videos with sound from your smartphone. What will they think of next?