My grandma Elrod was an avid gardener. I believe she knew the common name of every flower on the planet. And she could grow anything. Ditto for my mom and her sisters, as well.
Me, not so much. In my case, I thought the apple had fallen far from the tree when it came to the love of gardening.
Until I turned 40. In my 20’s, I thought lawns and gardens were best left in the hands of the lawn maintenance company that magically showed up at my house once a week. I had enough on my plate without added work. In my late 30’s I began to hear and largely ignore the call of the soil, “Come play with me!” I piddled a little bit with flowers but by the time 40 rolled around, I had answered that call in my amateurish sort of way.
Along the way, I’ve learned that gardening is always a work in progress, at least for me. And just puttering around outside is a distant cousin of gardening.
I was clipping my hedges (the old fashioned way – good workout for the forearm muscles) and weeding when I came up with a brilliant idea to showcase my humble little garden. And because I have a song for that, Garden Party by Ricky Nelson instantly inserted itself into my brain and down to my vocal cords and out of my mouth, really really loudly.
I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends
A chance to share old memories and play our songs again
When I got to the garden party, they all knew my name
No one recognized me, I didn’t look the same
But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well.
You see, ya can’t please everyone, so ya got to please yourself
So, in my mind (I’m going to Carolina – ha, I’m already here) I planned out an easy and simple little garden party, featuring grape salad, right then and there. I hope you enjoy these pics from my garden and if you haven’t had grape salad, you gotta make it!
I first tasted grape salad several years ago at my family reunion. My aunt Jean made it and I had never heard of such a thing, much less tasted it. Well, I fell in love. Don’t tell anyone, but I went back for seconds. It was served as a salad but I think it’s just as good served as dessert. Note: If you don’t need to make a large one, this is one recipe that you can easily halve all the ingredients and place it in an 8 x 8 casserole dish. Yum!