Throwback Thursday
Thursday February 20th 2020, 9:19 pm
Filed under: Family,Garden

My sister found an old photo at Mom’s. I think those were my seventh grade glasses.

1961 or two, the builder was going to plant a single rhododendron in front of each new house on our street. Dad talked him into digging out six feet deep along the front of ours, replacing it with rhodo-friendly soil, and planting the whole length of it in Blue Peters, light purple with deep purple centers.

Years later, a housepainter climbed that brick half-wall to the left in front of the back door where it was laid in more a checkerboard pattern with staggered gaps. The guy stumbled, the bricks crumbled, and between them they sheared off nearly an entire big woody plant and a goodly part of another, too, if I remember right. (He was okay.)

Dad talked to his insurance and then called the local nursery, asking how much it would cost to replace a six foot Blue Peter.

There’s no such thing, he was told. Blue Peters don’t grow that high!

Dad: Mine do.

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We moved in in 1962, when we got home from the Seattle World’s Fair. We spent the year before anxiously awaiting the house to be done, especially me, because I was sleeping on a rollaway bed in the family room since the upstairs kids’ bedroom had bunk beds, a crib, and a porta-crib. Except for Christmas Eve when I had to be shoehorned into that bedroom so I couldn’t see Santa come, because there was no door between my sleeping space downstairs and the living room.

Comment by Marian 02.20.20 @ 11:18 pm

It was your dad who did the work of digging the pit and putting in the fertilized soil. The rhodos were his pride and joy. Mom

Comment by Mom 02.21.20 @ 9:19 am

Great photo, great story!

Comment by ccr in MA 02.21.20 @ 2:26 pm

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