Wednesday, January 20, 2016

gardening thread

Sometimes we gardener types like to draw.


Who is this?

11 comments:

Lem said...

I have zero clue.

Meade said...

Lancelot. He invented the "gardenless" form of landscape gardening.

Meade said...

He employed the "ha ha", named after Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
(Just kidding about the Ha ha Clinton-Dix thing. Ha ha.)

MamaM said...

And there I was, waiting for the ferret to show up.

bagoh20 said...

Maybe his parents misunderstood the question, or it was a reference to the only thing he was good at as an infant.

MamaM said...

According to lore, Brown soon acquired the peculiar nickname "Capability" from his habit of telling clients that their gardens had "great capabilities". In his talented hands, they certainly did.

Which makes me wonder if "Longterm Liability" might be a not-so-peculiar nick for Bill, with "Major Liability" being a fitting replacement of the Secretary moniker for the Hill.

For Trump, what else but "Euge" or "Big Deal" Trump?

Fun picture, ChipAhoy. Leading to these words delivered at the end of the subject's life: "Such, however, was the effect of his genius that when he was the happiest man, he will be least remembered; so closely did he copy nature that his works will be mistaken".

Chip Ahoy said...

i might be getting famous estate gardeners mixed up, I read about one, I think it was Brown, he'd change the lay of the land. The estates had a LOT of help. If on the near distant landscape a large copse of oak trees is needed then large ones are planted. But they have a tendency to grow outward, whatever trees it was he planted, and he needs the mature sturdy trunks to grow upward, not outward as to avoid the crowd and competition for light. So they're fenced in very sturdily and darn near permanently.

So the people who commission the work live and die with the ugly heavy fences corralling the trees in the mid distance. The next generation takes them down. Voila! Straight thick sturdy, no chance of changing now tree trunks all around. He was a very insistent fellow and landowners obliged him his eccentricities.

Oh man, I just reminded myself of Bill Bowens. Old dude who owned Le Petit Gourmet and the Sweet Soiree, two business shoved next to each other in a common building but with different fronts. One catered parties and the other made pissy little tortes.

He told me this.

Barbara Davis inquired about him catering one of her parties. When Bill got there (smallish, compact corpulent, balding somewhat trollish) he encountered Barbara outside with other wealthy Cherry Creek wives.

Bill pulled in close to me and whispered, "This is a Jewish thing."

Bill quoted Barbara a price too expensive, he wouldn't budge and she kicked him off the property. It would help if you could visualize the property. The house is unobtrusive except large and looks like the front of a modern hotel. It's not that huge and the yard is tight all around. A gurgling fountain runs the length of one side of the yard going around a patio where the women were sitting outside. .

He didn't want to do it anyway and now all the women saw him be too expensive for Barbara Davis the wealthiest woman in the whole area. Bill told me his business boomed after that incident. All Jewish women. It's a competitive thing with each other to have Bill there catering.

Odd business. Now his nephew runs them.

AllenS said...

Melvin Washington. George's brother.

TTBurnett said...

"Capability" Brown.
"Your garden is admirable, but 'tis capable of improvement, Madam."

TTBurnett said...

Yes, his given name was "Lancelot." He tried to make it look easy.

Meade said...

Far out: http://www.space.com/31687-zinnia-not-first-flower-in-space.html