Why Gossip from the Southern Garden?
Gossip can bring many things to mind; teenagers at the mall, neighbors talking over the fence, mothers stopping to talk with each other at the market…the list goes on.
But, to me, when you add the word “southern”, a whole new image comes to my mind. I’m envisioning Southern Belles in beautiful gowns, having sweet tea on the veranda, picnics and porch swings.
Add in the concept of “gardens”, and I visualize color, palm trees, sweet scents, vast lawns, draping Spanish Moss, Orchids, Hibiscus and other exotic, tropical plants.
Now, I grew up in the north, so maybe I’ve romanticized the southern life a bit. I’ve lived in the south for 30+ years, and I know there is much more than that to the way of live down here. Hot, hot summers, and humidity that can make you wring out your clothes like a dish rag. And then there are the bugs-bigger than small mammals, reptiles that should only be allowed in a zoo, and of course those tropical storms.
Yet, with all that, the Southern Garden can be breath-taking. Full of big and small, delightful surprises.