16 July 2010

Back by popular demand: Drawings!

Okay, not so much by popular demand, as by Carol's demand. She requested "More cartoons!" about a dozen times while we were in Buffalo, so, here you go. I'm a little out of practice, so I think you'll have to enlarge it to read it properly.

This drawing was inspired by when we were visiting the Allentown neighborhood in Buffalo, and one of the bloggers from Texas started taking pictures of what she described as, "That great, dark leaved tree!" It took me a little bit to realize what she meant was the Crimson King Norway Maples lining the street.
texas maple
That is the strange thing about visiting gardens in other climates -- I'm sure if I ever visit Texas, I'll be raving over all sorts of incredibly obnoxious weeds. It is also the great thing about seeing a plant through someone else's eyes: Despite the dense, dry shade Norway maples produce, that dark purple leaf color IS pretty nice. In someone else's yard.

See my other garden drawings here


Carol Michel said...

Excellent. You have perfectly captured the "Norway Maple" experience in Buffalo. Dang tree weed.

Cyndy said...

Joseph, That's a cute and true drawing!When I was in Seattle, I kept admiring the chocolate euphorbias everywhere, but was told they're thuggish. Still, couldn't you make one hardy to zone 5?:) The first rule of blogging:just do what Carol says!

Gail said...

Joseph, Anytime you want to draw a cartoon about the Bradford pears in my neighborhood~please do! They are the Norway maple of the Middle South!

Chris Kreussling (Flatbush Gardener) said...

Hehe. The foliage is darker in the other zone's gardens.

Patsy Bell Hobson said...

I think those lovely yellow wildflowers are delightful,and you can eat the spring greens in your salad. Oh,and You can make wine with these flowers. But,
my neighbor, Mr Chemicalsrus, has threatened my life if I don't get rid of the sunny yellow dandelions. Go Figure.
I love the cartoon and I get it. Funny!

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings said...

It's so funny. Here, you guys would love something which isn't treelike. I'm trying to think of something. Oh yeah, we have this blue grass the garden writers raved about. It's a weed. I was just thinking the same type of thing as I was out watering the containers. How we've all learned from one another through blogging. It was great meeting you.~~Dee

Pam/Digging said...

Ha! That was me eyeing those Norway maples with interest because we have nothing like that in central Texas. I didn't actually rave about them though. I thought one might be nice in front of a contrasting bright-green foliage. But a whole street of the dark-leaved trees was kind of Addams Family-esque.

Love the cartoon! I have no idea what would strike your fancy in Austin, but it's fair to guess that it would be something completely ordinary to my eyes. Remember those New Zealand bloggers I told you about, who went ga-ga taking pictures of squirrels when they were here? They don't have squirrels in N.Z., they sheepishly explained.

Layanee said...

That is a good one! Yeah, listen to Carol. Is that Vernonia in the garden yet? Gail bought one also.

EAL said...

Love it! They could be standing in front of my house.

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Carol thinks purslane is a weed. Down here in Texas we buy it at the nursery and plant it both for its flowers and to eat.

One gardener's weed...

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

LOL! You drew me perfectlly (I'm the one thinking "Dry shade"). I have one of these in my front yard. It's got a bad trunk, but I haven't taken it down yet, as I was waiting for it to die. It stubbornly refuses.

Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog said...

Eliz - yes, that was in front of your house. Or just down the street, I can't remember. I do remember us southerners wondering what the heck they were. So funny. Good one Joseph.

Joseph said...

Thank you!

I'm with you on euphorbia... I'll add it to my list to work on someday!

Yeck -- Bradford pears. Aside from everything else, the flowers STINK.

I love dandelions too! I'm even trying to grow pink ones...

Great meeting you as well! I love blue grasses, so I bet I would rave over your weed.

I know you didn't actually RAVE about them... I did take a little creative license :). I love the squirrel story. My sister-in-law is Taiwanese, and every time they visit the States, she wants to see opossums!

I haven't planted the vernonia yet -- probably this weekend! It will be interesting to see how it performs!

Elizabeth, Jean already said this, but yes, we were just a few houses down from your house.

I think purslane is a weed too -- but I also do enjoy eating it in the kitchen. But it is so prolific, there is never any need to plant it.

Mrs. MD,
That is one of the worst things about them -- they go on getting mildew and tar spots and generally looking sickly, but refusing to actually die! Go ahead and take it down. You'll feel better!

meemsnyc said...

LOL, it's funny how people all across the region view things. Like purslane is that darn weed that grows like crazy in the garden, but everyone tells me it's edible. No thanks.

Susan aka Miss R said...

Love the cartoon. I live in a town that prohibits the cutting of 'healthy' trees over 4" caliper, I have 3. Add to that 2 large black walnuts (Juglans nigra)and you can imagine the challenge. Between the Norway shade and roots and the juglone..well...with that said I have serious zonal denial whenever I travel...