I opened my computer this morning, coffee cup in hand, and what to my wondering eyes should appear but a very lengthy rant from a reader, going on and on about my "ecologically irresponsible promotion of golf courses over nature," asking how I could possibly encourage readers to cut the prairie so short. This was presented in a mix of capital letters, italics and bold fonts.
The only thing I can assume from the comment is that he is referring to the new header photo, which I put up to give myself something green to look at. In this grayest of gardening seasons, I start to get a little crazy from lack of chlorophyll and sunshine.
Just to clarify, the photo is of the Queen's Estate at Sandringham, which we visited a few months ago. I found the entire property to be exquisite (in my opinion). An elderly docent told me that "this is where Her Majesty is just Granny," and the estate conveyed that message over and over. It's a beautiful old rambling house with incredible grounds. It could not be further from my Stepchild Garden, with its "Southern Vernacular Lawn" of crabgrass, ground ivy, poke and henbit. In fact, I don't even own a lawnmower, and the urns in that photo probably cost more than my truck with its cracked windshield.
I certainly am not in a position to defend Her Majesty, but I will point out that (1) I didn't see a golf course, or even a putting green, on the property; (2) The turf areas are kept very tall on most of the estate; and (3) I was impressed when the gardener told me that the property is not kept in a manicured stage all the time, and that Her Majesty prefers to allow the plants to progress through their natural seasonal stages.
I was tempted to release my flying monkeys on the person who commented (who, by the way, isn't even a regular follower of this blog), then I decided I should just send him over to Jim at "Grouchy." At the end of the day, though, I think he just needs to chill a little, grab a glass of wine, and spend some time gardening.....dude, you are way too tightly wrapped to be a gardener....