A suckingly pig from Tio Pepe's, the best Spanish restaurant in Baltimore, Md. This pig arrived seemingly well educated although the one lens of his glasses was a bit singed. What can you say to a guest at your party? "Go home and get some clear glasses before we clear you away!" Frankly Mr. Suckling Pig came to the party with just the right colors, golden and crisp, a burnt autumnal leaf brown. He just knew how to wow the guests with red carnations and Granny Smith apples to say, "I'm here." His coat was as good as his lining, tender, moist and for those who don't like pork, he wowed them. "Mr. Suckling Pig," I asked him after everyone had gone. "How did you know that your coat of golden brown would match so well with the Amsterdam Rose and Versilia Rose arrangements for the party? Your complimentary colors were just like our sugar maple tree, its tips a pink and salmon yellow rose. The race is now on. We are writing invitations now for next year's party. We have your head and the rose petals to bioengineer this delicious combination for 2014.
My plan for the fall is to take a strip of land on the west side of our property which also has southern exposure and plant greens to use in flower arranging. How happy I was to read Chapter 21 in Amalie Adler Ascher's book, "The Complete Flower Arranger, A comprehensive guide to the Pleasures of Floral Design" published by Simon and Schuster in 1974. This chapter, "The Flower Arranger's Garden" gives the gardener/flower arranger the following advice: Plants of interest Cedrus atlantica glauca for its blue foliage, good with red carnations for holiday y C. japonica 'Dacrydioides', spiny branches Japanese crytomeria Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Corralliformis', twisting shape, golden-green hue Junipers for their bluish hue - chinensis, 'Meyeri', 'Sargentii', J. tamariscifolia and 'Waukegan' Broadleaved evergreens - three varieties of mahonia - M. aquifolium, bealii and pinnata Nandina for Japanese arrangements Cherry and mountain laurel Leather-leaf Vibernum Rhododendron Russian Olive Skimmia Cotoneaster saliifolia floccosa Hollies - Ilex altaclarensis-hodginsi, nobilis and shepherdi, I. pernyi 'East Palatka' Brownell special Osmanthus Stranvaisea davidiana Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, fantail and corkscrew willow One of the neighborhood nurseries, Watson's, is having a half-price sale on Saturday which opens at 7:00 a.m.. I'll go scout this afternoon and then rise and shine at 5:00 to be there by 5:30. What fun!