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Memories of Christmas in June

Articles: Memories of Christmas in June

The annual Hardy Plant Society study weekend, this year organized by the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, was as good as Christmas, with exceptional speakers, outstanding gardens, and some surprise entertainment to enliven the proceedings. Performed by the Chorus of the Goddess Flora (and Deadheading Society), the following songs were a hit among participants and seemed appropriate here, as a prelude to the holiday season.
My Favorite Things
(sung to the tune of My Favorite Things, from The Sound of Music, with apologies to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein)

Raindrops on roses and black spot on leaflets,
Bright copper dahlias that glow as the sun sets,
Light blue delphinium tied up with strings—
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cream colored peonies and petals with ruffles,
Lilies with pollen and noses with snuffles,
Wild seeds arrive with the birds on the wing—
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the bugs bite,
When the nettle stings,
When I’m feeling plowed,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don’t scream out loud!

Ferns with white markings that grow under Abies,
Violets and blue bells and plants that make babies,
Silver tha...

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