From The Desk Of Bill Varga

To be or not to be? Is that a question? Well, when it involves plant characteristics, such as persistent or aggressive. Do some homework. In Utah, for instance, we have several native bellflowers, sometimes called Harebells, which perform well here because they prefer calcareous soils. Good point? Yes, but let’s compare the carpathian Harebell, ‘Campanula carpatica’ to clustered bellflower, ‘Campanula glomerata’. The Carpathian bellflower is a compact, mounded mostly solitary plant generally around 8’x8’ depending on selection of which there are several, on the other hand, the clustered bellflower or Dane’s Blood, if you’re British inclined, is often described as persistent, but dependent on your point of view, invasive may apply. So, a characteristic soil preference may allow the clustered bellflower to overrun an other wise precisely planted flower border which over time becomes ‘Dane’s Blood’! Maybe I’m taking this a bit too far, but get some advice from a valued nursery professional, a credible landscape garen magazine, or internet before you plant to assure your design fits your dream. Both these plants work well in Utah gardens. Which one you choose depends on your gardening intent, tidy or truculent.

Jokes for Mom

A little girl asked her mom, “How did the human race appear?” Mom answered, “God made Adam and Eve and they had children and so was all mankind made.”

Two days later the little girl asked her Dad the same question.  Dad answered, “Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.”  The confused girl returned to her mom and said, “Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God and Dad said they developed from monkeys?”  The mother answered, “Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.”

Mom:  The amazing ability to hear a sneeze through 3 closed doors in the middle of the night, 3 bedrooms away, while Dad snores on.

“If evolution really works, how come Mothers only have two hands?” – Milton Berle

Child:  Why is a computer so smart?

Mom: It listens to its motherboard.

If your kids are giving you a headache, follow the directions on the aspirin bottle, especially the part that says ‘keep away from children’.

What 3 words solves Dad’s every problem?   Ask your mother.

What’s the hardest thing your mother makes you swallow?  The fact they’re always right.

I asked Mom what she wanted for Mother’s Day.  She said, “A bit of care and comfort.” So I put her in a nursing home.

   One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink.  She suddenly notices that her mother has several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast to her brunette hair.  She looks at her mother and inquisitively asks, “Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?”

   Her mother replied, “Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.

   The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then asked, “Mom, how come all of grandma’s hairs are white?”

How do your kids know that you’re cross with them?  You use their full names.

Why don’t they have Mother’s Day sales?  Because Mothers are priceless.


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