Funny story about how a lot of folks are today.

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by kidsngarden, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. kidsngarden

    kidsngarden Well-Known Member

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    My grandpa sent this to me...

    OUR YARDS
    As viewed from Heaven (overheard in a conversation between God & St. Francis):

    God: Francis, you know all about gardens and nature; what in the world is going on down there in the U.S.? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistles and the stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought, and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honeybees, and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of color by now. All I see are patches of green.

    St. Francis: It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. They are called the Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers "weeds" and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

    God: Grass? But it is so boring, it's not colorful. It doesn't attract butterflies, bees or birds, only grubs and sod worms. It's temperamental with temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want grass growing there?

    St. Francis: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it has grown a little, they
    cut it....sometimes two times a week.

    God: They cut it? Do they bale it like hay?


    St. Francis: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

    God: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

    St. Francis: No sir, just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

    God: Now let me get this straight...they fertilize it to make it grow and when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

    St. Francis: Yes, sir.

    God: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

    St. Francis: You aren't going to believe this Lord, but when the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.


    God: What nonsense! At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep the moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves become compost to enhance the soil. It's a natural circle of life.

    St. Francis: You'd better sit down, Lord. As soon as the leaves fall, the Suburbanites rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away..

    God: No way! What do they do to protect the shrubs and tree roots in the winter to keep the soil moist and loose?


    St Francis: After throwing the leaves away, they go out and buy something called mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

    God: And where do they get this mulch?

    St. Francis: They cut down the trees and grind them up to make mulch.


    God: Enough! I don't want to think about this anymore. Saint Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?

    St. Catherine: "Dumb and Dumber," Lord. It's a really stupid movie about....

    God: Never mind--I think I just heard the whole story from Saint Francis!
     
  2. Maura

    Maura Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I wonder if God forgot that those flowers are not native to North America. Where are the paw paws, wild roses, trillium, and blue stem?
     

  3. MaggieJ

    MaggieJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Ah, those Suburbanites! I'm with God on this one.... I never could understand them.

    I bless every plant of dandelion, chickory, plantain, clover - and yes, the little violets too - that pop up in our "lawn". With free range chickens and geese -- and rabbits who thrive on lots of greenstuff to supplement their pellets -- I would be in a sad situation with just grass.

    Maura, I love our native wildflowers and we have plenty of those too... but most of them do not thrive on being mowed. We tried leaving a part of the south "lawn" unmowed, but after losing a gosling and a couple of chickens we decided it made them too vulnerable. So we do mow but no more often than necessary.

    There are yellow lady's slippers in the woods and lots of wild violets and so forth in the back twenty-five acres, so I do not feel bad about the immigrant plants along roadsides and in the few acres of "lawn". And this time of year, they are so pretty.
     
  4. suitcase_sally

    suitcase_sally Well-Known Member Supporter

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    In my acreage in Michigan's Thumb....
     
  5. Spinner

    Spinner Well-Known Member

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    God must be very happy with me this year. My mower has been broke down, 1/2 of my 3 acre yard has been mowed once this year, the other half hasn't seen the mower since a year ago June. The ducks, chickens, guineas, and peacocks love it, and they do a fairly good job of keeping it ate & scratched down so at least I can see them moving around out there. I'm not real happy with it, I want my mower to work again!