DAY 11: ☼ SURPRISE! ☼

GRAMMY MIAMI AND THE CASE OF A MYSTERIOUS, DISAPPEARING, INTER-DIMENSIONAL SPACE (NOT TIME) TRAVELER NAMED LUCU (A YOUNG, FEMALE, AFRICAN ELEPHANT)

DAY 11

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PETUNIAS

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Petunias

from Old Farmer’s Almanac 

Often grown as annuals, Petunias are one of the most popular flowers. They are tender perennials in Zones 9 to 11.

Petunias are divided into two different groups:

  1. Grandiflora petunias have very large flowers and are best grown in containers or hanging baskets (because they are more susceptible to rain damage).
  2. Multiflora petunias have smaller, but more abundant flowers and are ideal for summer bedding or in a mixed border (because they are more tolerant to wet weather)

CARE

  • Petunias are tolerant of heat so you don’t have to water them regularly.
  • A thorough watering once a week should be sufficient (unless there are prolonged periods of drought in your area).
  • The spreading types and those in containers require more frequent watering though.
  • Fertilize your plants monthly to ensure good growth.
  • Double-flowered cultivars like a biweekly dose of fertilizer.
  • Remove faded/dead flowers to prolong blooming.

One more thing…

Though no relation to Grammy’s husband “Mike the Mechanic,” it is rumored that —  through a serendipitous “coincidence” — the Legion of Petunias have always been especially partial to listening to this song while sunbathing.  Tin City Kitty has surmised that it was probably because of this very similarity that the “L.O.P” allowed themselves to be discovered in that vast “Place of Plants” where they lived before; to be brought to Grammy’s garden; and, finally, to be introduced today in our story!

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Day 7: ☼ Rest ☼

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading the six days of stories so far about Grammy Miami.  Due to some health issues, we’re taking a small break.  We’ll be back as soon as we can.

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Day 6: ☼ Esther Peterson the Parsley ☼

GRAMMY MIAMI AND THE CASE OF A MYSTERIOUS, DISAPPEARING, INTER-DIMENSIONAL SPACE (NOT TIME) TRAVELER NAMED LUCU (A YOUNG, FEMALE, AFRICAN ELEPHANT)

CHAPTER 6

Esther Peterson the Parsley

Day 6:  ☼ Esther Peterson the Parsley ☼

Named for one of the most brilliant and accomplished women of the 20th Century, Esther Eggertsen Peterson was

1906: born on December 9 in Provo, Utah.
1927: Graduated Brigham Young University with a degree in PhysEd
1930: Graduated from Teacher’s College, Colombia University with a Master’s in Teaching.
1930’s: Worked as a teacher including at Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women workers in Industry
1932: married Oliver Peterson; moved to Boston; taught at the Winsor School and volunteered at the YMCA
1938: became a paid organizer for the American Federation of Teachers and traveled around New England
1944 became the first lobbyist for the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C.
1948 moved to Sweden (the State Department offered Peterson’s husband a position as a diplomat there).
1957: moved back to DC; joined the Industrial Union Department of the AFL-CIO, becoming its first woman lobbyist.
1961-1964: became the Director of the United States Women’s Bureau and Presidential Commission on the Status of Women under President John F. Kennedy (1961-1964).
1964-1967 she served President Lyndon Johnson as Special Assistant to the President for Consumer Affairs.
1977 to 1981 served President Jimmy Carter as Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs.
1981: received the Presidential Medal of Freedom
1993: became a delegate of the United Nations as a UNESCO representative.
1997: died in her home in Washington DC (age 91).

Source: Esther Peterson, Wikipedia

Survived by son Iver, of Lawrenceville, N.J., who is a reporter for The New York Times, Mrs. Peterson as well as two other sons, Eric N., of Alexandria, Va., and Lars E., of Washington; a daughter, Karen K. Wilken of Fort Collins, Colo., and 12 grandchildren.

Source “Esther Peterson Dies at 91” US

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“i’m a little bit worried about Esther Peterson the Parsley,” Grammy Miami told her cat Tin City Kitty on the sixth day in the garden, a Saturday.  “Some of her leaves are yellow.”

“Well, she just got here. Maybe the shock of being planted put her off her normal color.  I would be off too if I got planted.”  TC became distracted at that moment by a bird that decided to fly to a low branch of a tree near where they were talking.

‘Hello dear,” called Grammy to the bird.  “What’s your name?”

“Yes…dear,” said TC, staring intently at the bird.  “Come a little closer and tell us.”

TC and bird

The bird gave a brief, alarmed whistle then took off fast.

“TC!” scolded Grammy.  “You don’t need to scare her, poor thing.  I didn’t even learn her name, unless that last whistle was her name. I didn’t quiet understand it.”

“Oh that wasn’t her name,” said TC with a grin.  “That was something like TEETH-CLAWS-DANGER! which also means “cat” in bird  language.

Grammy sighed.  “Well I doubt she’ll be back now.”

TC looked up.  “There are lots of birds in the trees around the garden.   She’ll probably be back but keep her distance when I’m around. I notice a lot of birds at dusk when the insects come out.”

“Yes!” said Grammy.  “They’re so good about keeping those pests away — er, present company excluded of course.”  Grammy blushed and smiled apologetically at the Djinn Brothers who were flitting around her head.

“Ha, they’ll use that tonight for sure in their comedy routine.  They’re all laughing and saying ‘Pestzzzz! Pestzzzz!’ in their best Grammy voice.”

Grammy’s mouth flew open. “They imitate me? Does it sound like me?”

“I guess if you tilt your head and pretend you’re an insect it does.   It’s more about the spirit of it, older, sweet ladies who are often confused which makes them even more fun to have around, and…hey!”

Grammy swatted at TC who yelped and jumped away.

“Keep that up and I’ll spray you with the hose,” she promised.

“Oh, you wouldn’t dare,” said TC.  He stared haughtily at Grammy.

“I’m confused sometimes, but not too confused to work a hose.”  She picked up the garden hose.  TC took one step back.

“Don’t.”

Grammy smiled.  “I won’t.  But maybe think about your words before you let them gallop out of your mouth next time,” she said.  She smiled at TC to show she wasn’t really upset.

“Hmmph what’s the fun in that?  Besides, not having to be ‘nice’ unless we want something is one of the first rights of Catus Domesticus.”

“Oh I can easily believe that.  So TC, I guess Lucu will be back until next week, maybe in about five days or so? That’s how long it took her to recharge.”

“Sounds about right.  So, dear Grammy, oh beautiful human staff…er, friend.  I would love some tuna for lunch.”

“Sure TC,” said Grammy.   She leaned down and scratched him under the chin.  “You were going to get it anyway, so you don’t have to butter me up.”

‘Oh good.  It’s exhausting!” TC flopped down on a sunny spot on the grass and began to clean himself.

“Now, dear Esther,”said Grammy to Esther Peterson the Parsley, “don’t worry.  You’re safe now and I’ll make sure you have enough sun and water and everything you need.  Welcome to our garden.”

later on

ALL ABOUT PARSLEY

from The Kitchen.com

Everything You Need to Know About Parsley

Parsley is a “biennial…”

 Parsley is different because it is a biennial. This less common classification means that the plant only comes back after two gardening seasons — just enough time to produce leaves, go to seed, and develop a substantial taproot.

As a biennial, the parsley plant offers delicious leaves its first year, and goes to seed its second year. Parsley also delivers an oft-overlooked bonus that final year: its taproot is edible. In fact, parsley’s root is the most pungent and flavorful part of the plant.

 

Day 5: ☼ Carl Lewis the Cucumber ☼

GRAMMY MIAMI AND THE CASE OF A MYSTERIOUS, DISAPPEARING, INTER-DIMENSIONAL SPACE (NOT TIME) TRAVELER NAMED LUCU (A YOUNG, FEMALE, AFRICAN ELEPHANT)

CHAPTER 5

Day 5 Carl Lewis the Cucumber
This is a work of fiction.  Any similarities to any famous, amazing 4-times Gold Medal Olympic winners named Carl Lewis is purely an homage in appreciation for his lifetime achievements.

Day 5:  ☼ Carl Lewis the Cucumber ☼

Carl Lewis the Cucumber is (like all cucumbers) a runner.  Thus he was named for one of the greatest runners of all time, Carl Lewis.

Fredrick Carlton “Carl” Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field athlete who won nine Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver medal, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. His career spanned from 1979 to 1996 when he last won an Olympic event and subsequently retired. He is one of only three Olympic athletes who won a gold medal in the same event in four consecutive Olympic Games.

Lewis was a dominant sprinter and long jumper who topped the world rankings in the 100 meter, 200 meter and long jump events between 1981 and the early 1990’s. He set world records 100- and 200-meter relays, and his world record in the indoor long jump has stood since 1984.

His 65 consecutive victories in the long jump achieved over a span of 10 years is one of the sport’s longest undefeated streaks. Over the course of his athletics career, Lewis broke ten seconds for the 100 meters 15 times and 20 seconds for the 200 meters 10 times. Lewis also long jumped over 28 feet 71 times.

His accomplishments have led to numerous accolades, including being voted “World Athlete of the Century” by the International Association of Athletics Federations and “Sportsman of the Century” by the International Olympic Committee, “Olympian of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Athlete of the Year” by Track & Field News in 1982, 1983, and 1984.

After retiring from his athletics career, Lewis became an actor and has appeared in a number of films.

-Carl Lewis, Wikipedia

“The sky is so blue today TC,” said Grammy Miami to her beloved cat companion, Tin City Kitty.

Tin City Kitty, known to his friends, family and in some insect circles simply as “TC” looked at the sky, then nodded.  “You would think, just once, it would change into a new color.  You know? Just to keep things interesting.  Like, every other Tuesday, it could be purple.  Then on Friday’s, it could be ‘TGIF Green,’ or…”

He stopped mid-sentence when Grammy began scratching his chin and ears.  “You’re silly,” she said.  “The only color for the sky is blue, except at sunrise and sunset, and then — so many colors! And different colors every single day.”

She stood up and dusted off her jeans.

“Hey don’t stop now,” said TC.  He was still purring so his words sounded slightly vibrato.

“We have to plant our newest addition to the garden.  He’s a cucumber.”  She picked up the cucumber and showed him to TC.

TC sniffed him then began cleaning his whiskers.  “He looks like a plant.”

“Did you know, cucumbers are runners, not climbers like tomatoes and pole beans.”

TC stopped and looked carefully at the cucumber.  “He doesn’t look that fast to me. I bet I could run circles around him.”  TC sprang up and began to run around Grammy and the cucumber in a circle, all the while keeping up a running commentary.

“Look! He’s just sitting there.  Come on cuke, get up and stretch those leaves!  Ha! Lapped you again! I’m the best runner.  Me! I am! Ha!”

“You know, TC, great runners don’t run all the time.  They need to rest 99.9 percent of the time in order to be able to explode into action 0.1 percent of the time.”

“Ha!  I’m faster than your runner.  Hey I even beat a Great Dane once, you know that loud one that pulls that lady by every day?  He got loose and chased…er, raced me all the way to the park but I beat him by at least half a block.  I stood up in the tree, casually taunting him for the rest of the day until his lady found him.  It was hilarious.”  TC kept running around and round Grammy and the cucumber while talking.

“TC stop!  You’re making me dizzy!” She looked down at the cucumber and said, with a firm nod, “I’m going to name you after the greatest runner I know, Carl Lewis.  I’ve followed  his career my whole life. We’re about the same age, you know TC.”  When he didn’t answer, Grammy looked up.  TC stood totally still and stared at a space to the right of Terrance the Tomato.

“TC, what is it?” asked Grammy.

“Company” whispered TC.  He stayed still but slowly extended his right front paw to point.

At first Grammy couldn’t see anything.  Then a small elephant form began to take shape.

“Lucu!” Grammy exclaimed.

“Shh!” said TC in a fierce whisper.  “She’s having trouble focusing.  Give her a minute to get her and don’t distract her.”

Grammy nodded and watched, fascinated, as Lucu “arrived.”  Slowly, colors began to fill in the space where she sat, like smoke filling a clear, glass, elephant-shaped jar.  Finally, after many moments of silence save for the Djinn Triplets buzzing and many birds calling from the nearby trees, they heard a soft, and slightly breathless voice.

“Oh! I made it!”

“You made it kid.  Good job,” said TC.

“Lucu!” said Grammy.  “It’s so good to see you, dear. Let me call Evie and Millie.  They’ve been wanting to see you too.”

Lucu smiled. “Hello TC.  Hello Grammy. ”  She looked around.  “Your garden has grown since I was here on Monday.”

“Yeah,” said TC.  “We have a few new residents.  Let me introduce you while Grammy makes the call.”

A few minutes later, Lucu was all caught up,  and Grammy held the Face Phone toward Lucu for Evie “Ouiji” Glenhawk, Millie “the Chilly” Glenhawk and Kelly Jean (Jelly Bean, Prettiest Girl I’ve Ever Seen) Glenhawk (Grammy’s granddaughters and daughter) to talk to Lucu.

“Llellyfant,” said Millie.

“Hello Lucu!” said Evie with polite excitement.

“Hello Evie, Millie and Kelly! It is very good to see you again. I am very happy we can talk again today.  How are you?”

“Millie is growing another tooth,” said Evie almost indignantly.  “She keeps doing it!  It makes her cranky and it’s hard to sleep.” Evie yawned.

Grammy turned the phone toward her.  “Oh sweetie! Those teeth are tough customers.  It hurts Millie, but I know how hard it is to lose sleep.  Naps help me a lot when I can get them which isn’t often enough!” Grammy smiled at her girls then turned the phone back to Lucu.

Evie yawned again.  Kelly said, “The girls were about to go up for a nap when you called Mom.”

“Not right now, Mummy!  Lucu is here!”

“Not now,” said Kelly.  “Soon though.”

“Yes,” said Lucu. “I have to go soon too, and I always need a long nap after I travel inter-dimensionally through space.  I’ll need even more sleep when I learn to travel through time.  You will too Evie, when you do it.”

“Me?” asked Evie, blinking in surprise.

“Oh yes!” said Lucu.  “My friend Henrietta said you — oh! Ooops! I wasn’t supposed to tell you anything.  Oh no.”  Lucu bowed her head and covered her trunk with her two front feet.   She sighed.

“It’s okay Lucu, you really didn’t say much,” said Grammy.  “We’re all just so happy to see you again.  Last time you said you needed help.  Can you tell us more about it?”

Lucu looked up then stood up quickly.  “Yes! I can’t forget hat.  We need your help.  All elephants all over the world.  We are dying.  We are dying because of our teeth.  Isn’t that the strangest thing?  It’s called eye-vor-ree i-v-o-r-y in your language.  It started a long time ago but now it’s really bad. ”

Lucu sighed.  “Grammy, please go to your computer when I leave and look up ways to help us.  Then you can write it down for your friends and family.  That will mean a lot.”

I will.  Of course I will Lucu,” Grammy promised.

Author’s Aside:  Here’s what she found:

Six Ways to Help Elephants

  1. (Obviously) don’t buy ivory.
  2. Buy elephant friendly coffee and wood.
  3. Support conservation efforts.
  4. Be aware of the plight of captive elephants.
  5. Adopt an elephant.
  6. Get involved with Roots and Shoots

*(World Wildlife FoundationWorld Animal FoundationBorn Free and Defenders of Wildlife all have adoption programs and are good places to start looking for that special pachyderm.)

from:  Mother Nature Network;  Six Ways to Help Elephants

“I’ll help too,” TC promised.

“We will too!” said Evie.

“Yes, of course,” said Kelly while Millie simply smiled and nodded.

“Thank you all so much. I have to go.’

Poof!

Lucu was gone.

Everyone was silent for a moment.  Then Evie said, “Grammy what do you think Lucu meant about me being a space and time traveler too?”

“Well,” said Grammy, “I’m not sure, but it does sound fun doesn’t it?”

“Yes! said Evie, her blue eyes dancing.

“Well Mom, time to get the girls down for a nap.  Evie, take your sister in and wash her face. I’ll be right in.”

“Okay Mummy.  Bye Grammy. Bye TC.  Millie,” she said to her sister, “say goodbye to everyone.”

“Bye to levvy won!” Millie smiled and waved.

Grammy blew kisses to her granddaughters then smiled at her daughter when they were gone.  “Before you go, one more thing Kel.  Remember those two stories I wrote a few years ago about time and space travel with Evie in the future?*

“Oh, right.  Weird.  You don’t think…I dunno…maybe Lucu didn’t know those were fiction and someone read them to her or to her friend Henerietta?”

“Maybe,” said Grammy.  “Or maybe Evie will be a traveler and I just tuned in to…”

“Sure Mom.  Well, nice to see you, bye.”

“See ya Kel,” said TC.

“Bye!”

The Face Phone went dark in Grammy’s hand.  She stared at it a moment then looked at TC.  “We better get Carl in the ground and give him lots of water. ”

“Sounds like a plan. You do that.”  TC snickered.  “Carl the Cucumber, a ‘runner’ — ha!”

“Oh really TC?” said Grammy.  “Look where Carl is now.  I was holding his box, and I’m still here. I haven’t moved. Right?”

TC narrowed his eyes. ” Right.  So?”

“Well Carl is now all the way down at the end of the yard. ”

“Wait, what?! How in the heck did he do that?”

‘I told you he’s fast,” said Grammy with a smile.

TC just scratched his head with his back paw, started at Carl a moment, then trotted over to his favorite seat in the sun and fell asleep.

Author’s Aside: *Trail Sketch and Snap Shot are two fictional stories and part of a 12-story compilation coming soon as a digital Amazon book called Twelve Tales which supports the work of my heart-song, under1000skies.

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CUCUMBER-GROWING TIPS

from Burpee

All About Cucumbers

Two Important Tips

To improve overall cucumber production, consider using the following two techniques. Use black or brown plastic mulch. Because a warm, moist soil is essential for top production, use dark plastic mulch on the cucumber bed. This will speed up growth and increase yields by conserving soil moisture and maintaining a high soil temperature. The mulch will also keep weeds at bay.

Think vertical! When planning the garden, consider growing vining cucumber varieties like ‘Sweet Success’ and ‘Tasty Green’ vertically on a trellis, fence, or other support. This makes the best use of garden space by containing the vines and keeping them from sprawling throughout the garden, as well as keeping the fruits clean and straight as they develop above the ground. Researchers have proven that growing cucumbers vertically dramatically increases yields because the vines receive better air circulation and more sunlight than vines on the ground.

 

Day 4: ☼ The Lettuce Quadruplets ☼

GRAMMY MIAMI AND THE CASE OF A MYSTERIOUS, DISAPPEARING, INTER-DIMENSIONAL SPACE (NOT TIME) TRAVELER NAMED LUCU (A YOUNG, FEMALE, AFRICAN ELEPHANT)

Chapter 4

Grammy gazed fondly at the four lettuce plants now growing in her garden.  Joe “Really” Raley, her youngest son, planted the “Quadruplets,” as Grammy was now calling them, at the beginning of the fence that separated her yard from her neighbor’s.

Buzz Day 4

A trio of large, blue dragonflies hovered around the lettuce Quadruplets, then perched on Terrance the Tomato’s support cage.

“Good  morning, boys,” said Grammy.  “Nice to see you again.”

“Good morning, Grammy” they buzzed in unison.  The three, Grammy learned, were brothers.  They began visiting the garden on Monday, four days ago — the day they welcomed Terrance the Tomato.

“Fourth day in the garden, you know.  And today we have four sisters, quadruplets, to welcome,” Grammy told the Dragonfly Triplets.  Well, that is what she tried to say.  When they all took off in a haphazard and playful flight above her head, Grammy realized she might have inadvertently buzzed a bit inaccurately.

“Was it something I said?”  Grammy looked over at her cat, Tin City Kitty, who was stretched out on the grass in the sun.

TC yawned and stretched and took his time replying.  Finally he sat down and stared at her.  ‘Yep,” he said.  “But, don’t worry.  They think you’re hilarious.”

“Oh.” Grammy blinked, then smiled.  “Well, that’s okay.  At least they’re laughing.”  She said to TC.  “Laughter is good, right TC, even in the insect world?”

“Oh, especially there,” said TC.  “And dragonflies have an entire society centered around laughter.  They all do stand-up…er, “hover-around” comedy.  They meet every night in secret dragonfly locations to tell stories about everything they briefly studied that day.  It’s a hot ticket, and it’s really hard to get in.  It sells out fast.  I go sometimes.”  TC began cleaning his paws.

“You, TC?”  Grammy looked at her cat in astonishment.  “They let you in?”

TC stopped cleaning and, paw still in mid-air, leveled a look at Grammy.  “Of course.  I’m fluent in several forms of insect, especially dragonfly.  They have a show every night down at the — well, I can’t tell you that.  It’s top secret, and they’ll ban me if I tell you.”

“It’s okay TC. I’m not fluent enough to understand it anyway.”

“At all,” TC said softly, and continued cleaning his paw.

“Hmm?”

‘Nothing.  Anyway, sometimes the after-parties get a bit crazy especially the cat parties. I don’t stick around for those.  Too loud.”

“Oh!” said Grammy.  “You mean the fighting and the caterwauling and all?”

TC nodded.  “Yeah, we get pretty attached to our favorite comedians and fight about who is best.  Cats are hotheads.  Not me, though.” TC began cleaning his back, his head twisted so much that Grammy couldn’t even see it.

“You’re too old and levelheaded to be a hothead,” Grammy said fondly.

TC’s head popped around in a murrr of surprise.  “Hey, now.  Not that old.”  TC said.

“Darling Tin City Kitty, you are going to be 18 next month in human years.  In cat years that’s…that’s uh…”

“That’s young. I’m young.  Pfft.  Spring Chicken.  Cat.” TC went back to cleaning himself.

Grammy smiled.  “Which dragonfly is your favorite, TC?”

“Well right now it’s the Djinn Brothers.  That’s our triplet visitors.  Their names are all variations of “Buzz” so I just call them all DJ or Djinn Brothers.  They’re really funny.  They do this running dialogue that just gallops along and they keep finishing each other’s sentences.  Ever since Monday, you’ve become a big part of their material.”

Grammy blinked at TC in surprise, then burst out laughing.   “Oh I wish I could hear them.  But don’t worry TC.”  Grammy made a lip-locking motion.  “I won’t ever try to find the secret location and my lips are sealed.  But maybe sometimes you can tell me about the show.”

TC ignored her and continued cleaning himself.

29June2017 Lettuce Quad Grammy Miami
The Lettuce Quadruplets:  Layla, La Llorona, Lenore and Lorelei

“So, what are we going to call our quadruplets?” she asked.

TC walked over to the four and gently sniffed them, then sneezed.  “How about four variations of green?  They sure are bright.  Do they know you’re eventually going to eat them?”  TC leveled a gaze at Grammy and laughed at the scandalized look on her face.

“I am not!” said Grammy.

TC cocked his head at Grammy and stared at her curiously.  “Well then, why are you growing a garden?”

“To…um…learn about plants. I love plants,” said Grammy.

TC just stared at her.

“So let me see if I get this right.  You don’t eat meat.  You love plants too much to eat them.  What are you going to live on?  Air?”

Grammy looked confused.  She furrowed her brow and stammered, “But, well, uh…oh! If I eat Terrance’s tomatoes, that’s not eating him, right?”

TC nodded.  “Right.  It’s eating his kids.”

Grammy’s hand flew to her mouth and she gasped in shock.  TC rolled around on the ground laughing.  “Hahaha!  Oh my sides!”  TC finally stopped laughing, then went over to stand near Grammy.  “No! It’s not eating his kids!  I’m joking!”

“TC!”

“Hey, Terrance is laughing too.”

“Oh,” said Grammy.  She still looked vaguely uneasy.

“By the way, the ‘Quadruplets’ as you call them think you’re sweet, and a bit daft — their word.  They know they are grown as food for humans.  It’s not a big deal.”

Grammy looked at the lettuce sisters, then back to TC.  “Oh, well, thank you for explaining,” she said.  She chuckled.  “I am a bit daft, if daft means happy and easily-distracted,” she said to the Quadruplets.

“Sounds about right,” TC said.  “They think that’s a good definition too.

Grammy smiled.  “Welcome to our garden, dear ones.”

After Grammy watered the garden and spoke to every plant and to Wish, she and TC headed inside for some lunch.

“Still no Lucu,” Grammy said and sighed.

“Patience, old grasshopper,” said TC.

Grammy grinned.

later on

LETTUCE-GROWING TIPS

from Burpee

All About Lettuce

LETTUCE HARVEST TIPS

Lettuce can be harvested any time after true leaves form. For the best quality, better to pick early than late as lettuce allowed to grow too long may be bitter and tough.

what will happen next

 

Day 3: Pancho Ramos-Stierlet the Pepper

 

 Day 3 Kaboom Pancho Ramos-Stierle the Pepper.

☼ Pancho Ramos-Stierlet the Pepper ☼

is named in honor of Pancho Ramos-Stierle from Casa de Paz in Oakland, CA.  Grammy doesn’t know Pancho personally, but she is inspired by his generosity and heart-song every time she watches her mentor Nipun Mehta’s TED Talk: Designing for Generosity.

Author’s Aside:  This film about Casa de Paz is also amazing.

GRAMMY MIAMI AND THE CASE OF A MYSTERIOUS, DISAPPEARING, INTER-DIMENSIONAL SPACE (NOT TIME) TRAVELER NAMED LUCU (A YOUNG, FEMALE, AFRICAN ELEPHANT)

CHAPTER 3

On Wednesday, Grammy and her son Joe “Really” Raley  plant Pancho Ramos-Stierlet the Pepper in the garden.  TC sniffe around, but there was still no sign of Lucu.

“I can’t wait for you to meet Lucu, Joe,” said Grammy to her youngest son.

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Joe just smiled quietly and continued to add dirt gently around Pancho’s roots.

“I know you’ll like her,” Grammy continued.  “She’s so lovely!  She can’t be more than a year or two old.  I have so many questions for her.  Tomorrow we’ll get to talk to Evie and Millie again.  Maybe Lucu will visit then.”

“Or,” said TC as he yawned and stretched after another catnap, “she needs to recharge for a while before she can visit again.  Remember, she said it was very hard to travel inter-dimensionally.”

“Oh that’s true,” said Grammy.  “Well, we’ll see. I have to go talk to Wish.”

“I’m going to go eat fish,” said TC, licking his whiskers.  “Hey that rhymed.  I’m so smart.”

meanwhile

PEPPER-GROWING TIPS

Quick Guide to Growing Peppers

  • Grow several varieties of peppers.
  • Planting different kinds will lengthen harvest time, as some varieties mature more quickly than others.
  • Set pepper plant seedlings out after the last spring frost. They grow well in raised beds, containers, and in-ground gardens.
  • Plant them 18 to 24 inches apart in a sunny, well-drained spot. Pepper plants need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day.
  • Mix compost or other organic matter into the soil when planting.
  • Water immediately after planting, then regularly throughout the season. Aim for a total of 1-2 inches per week (more when it’s hotter).
  • Mix a continuous-release fertilizer into the soil at planting, then feed plants with liquid plant food every couple of weeks.
  • Spread mulch (such as chopped leaves or straw) around the plants to help keep the soil cool and moist.
  • Support each pepper plant with a stake or small tomato cage, to help bear the weight of the fruit once it begins to produce.
  • Harvest peppers with shears or a knife, then store in the fridge. Be sure to pick all peppers before the first fall frost comes.

from “Quick Guide to Growing Peppers”- BonniePlants.comhttps://bonnieplants.com/growing/growing-peppers/

 

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Grammy Miami and the Case of a Mysterious, Disappearing, Inter-Dimensional Space (not Time) Traveler Named Lucu (a Young, Female, African Elephant)

 

This story is about Grammy Miami and her granddaughters, her cat "Tin City Kitty," her garden, her pear tree "Wish," a visitor from Africa called "Lucu" and this story is for Grammy's beautiful granddaughters Evie and Millie, with love.

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

Grammy Miami Day 1
 ☼ Grammy Miami ☼
a new gardener from NJ who does not live in Miami but has visited. Grammy is enthralled (and distracted) by everything and everyone but most especially her two granddaughters. When she learns that her oldest, 4-year old granddaughter is not only growing beautiful sunflowers, but is something of a garden savant, Grammy decides to finally try to start another garden. She hasn’t tried since she was a young girl living in the city (when hoodlums broke her heart by tearing apart her tomatoes limb from limb!) After that, she swore never to grow another garden. Now, with the help of her Top Plant Investigator (her granddaughter Evie “Ouiji” Glenhawk), she’s ready to try again.

 

Tin City Kitty Pow
☼ Tin City Kitty ☼
Grammy’s faithful and snarky companion. “TC” as he is best known is named for a book written by one of Grammy’s oldest friends Mike Colanut about a city actually named Tin City. TC talks to Grammy and she mostly understands him. He is also able to understand plants, most animals and (on occasion) to see inter-dimensional space travelers.

 

Lucu 3

☼ Lucu ☼
Inter-dimensional space- (not time-) traveling young female African elephant who pops into Grammy’s garden one day to enlist her help in saving her  family and her entire species from terrible danger.

 

Evie Ouiji Glenhawk
☼ Evie “Ouiji” Glenhawk ☼
Grammy’s oldest granddaughter, Evie is spooky good at plants and has an uncanny knack of looking at a plant and knowing not only what he or she needs but what it might really want at that exact moment. She is Grammy’s top Plant Investigator.

 

Millie the Chilly

☼ Millie “the Chilly” Glenhawk ☼
Evie’s younger sister, Millie is so Zen even Zen is impressed. Millie has the same gift TC does taken to the next level — she can see inter-dimensional space travelers too, and can read emotions in the air. Both Millie and her older sister Evie live with their parents in the UK so they only get to talk to Grammy on the Face Phone.

Kelly age 2 Kenosha
Kelly Jean, Jelly Bean, Prettiest Girl I’ve Ever Seen, age 2.5

☼ Kelly Jean (“Jelly Bean, Prettiest Girl I’ve Ever Seen”) ☼
Kelly is a Supermom, a therapist and is skilled at both UK English and US English. She is Grammy’s oldest daughter. Though Kelly is often puzzled by her mother’s idiosyncrasies, she is still rather fond of her.

 

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☼ Joe “Really” Raley ☼
Grammy’s youngest son, Joe’s other nickname began as a joke after a rather bizarre conversation with two friends. Upon hearing his name, one declared, “No one names their son Joe any more.” The other: “What’s your real name?” Joe’s reasponse: “Joe. Really.” Joe has a knack for mechanical contraptions, deadpan humor, can figure out puzzles faster than lightning and is a wizard in the kitchen. He’s also Grammy’s partner in the garden as well as the garden’s main photographer and fixer.

Wish

☼ Wish ☼
Grammy’s pear tree, who named herself after tasting one of Grammy’s happy tears two years ago when she was given to Grammy in fulfillment of a birthday wish. Wish is the one who gets the word through the tree-root-underground-network that Grammy is someone that loves plants, loves animals, loves people and loves helping.

 

THE 100

The 100 vegetables, herbs and flowers that, with the help of all of the above Cast of Characters, one-by-one join Grammy Miami’s garden, one day and one plant at a time.

 

DAY 1

Terrance the Beef Master

Day 1:  ☼ Terrance the Tomato ☼
The first garden plant introduced. Terrance is named for Terrance Sullivan, a family ancestor who was short, short-tempered, loved his family, loved to fight, loved to laugh and loved his wife Rose Marie.  Terrance’s father Daniel was from Dublin but moved to the Shenandoah Valley in the early 1900’s where Terrance was born.  When Terrance grew up, he went to work in a coal mine. He ended up running away with the Landlord’s rich daughter, and that is another story. Terrance is strong and proud, a “Beef Master” tomato which means he is short (well, short for a beefsteak tomato, the shortest of his seed-pouch brothers); he’s also a bit short-tempered and loves to fight.

 

DAY 2

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Day 2:  ☼ Philip St. John Basil Rathbone MC the Basil ☼
Named for the South-African born English actor who was best known as Basil Rathbone. Basil was most famous for his starring roles in 14 Hollywood films about Shelock Holmes that were made during the WWII years (1939-1946). Basil Rathbone served in the Great War (WWI) in the London Scottish Regiment. It was during that time he was awarded the title “MC” (Military Cross). “The Military Cross is granted in recognition of “an act or acts of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land to all members, of any rank in Our Armed Forces.” The reason our plant Basil was given this name is because he volunteered to be planted near Terrance the Tomato and to draw enemy fire (the white fly is the most notorious enemy of both) from Terrance’s tender developing tomatoes. Basil is also known as “Basil the Brave.”

 

DAY 3

Day 3 Kaboom Pancho Ramos-Stierle the Pepper.

Day 3:  ☼ Pancho Ramos-Stierlet the Pepper ☼

is named in honor of Pancho Ramos-Stierle from Casa de Paz in Oakland, CA.  Grammy doesn’t know Pancho personally, but she is inspired by his generosity and heart-song every time she watches her mentor Nipun Mehta’s TED Talk: Designing for Generosity.

Author’s Aside:  This film about Casa de Paz is also amazing.

 

DAY 4

29June2017 Lettuce Quad Grammy Miami

The Lettuce Quadruplets:  Layla, La Llorona, Lenore and Lorelei

Day 4:  ☼ The Lettuce Quadruplets ☼

Named in honor of literary and legendary women throughout history whose names all began with the letter “L.”  Layla, La Llorona, Lenore and Lorelei

 

DAY 5

Day 5 Carl Lewis the Cucumber
This is a work of fiction.  Any similarities to any famous, amazing 9-times Gold Medal Olympic winners named Carl Lewis is purely an homage in appreciation for his lifetime achievements.

Day 5:  ☼ Carl Lewis the Cucumber ☼

Named for one of the fastest men and most accomplished athletes of all time, Carl Lewis from Alabama!

DAY 6

Esther Peterson the Parsley

Day 6:  ☼ Esther Peterson the Parsley ☼

Named for one of the most brilliant and accomplished women of the 20th Century, Esther Eggertsen Peterson.

 

DAY 7-11

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The Legion of Petunias – Surprise!

Days 7-11:  ☼ The Legion of Petunias – SURPRISE! ☼

Grammy Miami fell asleep in her garden for a few days and woke to find a beautiful bunch of Petunias yelling (silently of course — plants don’t actually yell) “SURPRISE!” TC woke her excitedly to explain…

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ABOUT THIS STORY

“Grammy Miami and the Case of the Disappearing Friendly Young Female African Elephant Named Lucu” is a story for my second #the100dayproject on Instagram.

This is a story for my granddaughters who will find themselves featured in its pages. Every day for the next 100 days there will be a new photo, plant and chapter.

I’m doing this for my newest #the100dayproject on Instagram (#tizzlovesrowdy).  My page is here:  tizzlovesrowdy My goals for this project are:

  • to create daily updates for a chapter story for my granddaughters, age 4 and 1;
  • to create art;
  • to get better at gardening, one plant at a time;
  • to recover in the very best way from a recent major surgery (sunshine, creativity);
  • to consistently create for a project from my heart, powered by love;
  • to connect with other creative folks doing #the100dayproject

Day 1: Terrance the Tomato

GRAMMY MIAMI AND THE CASE OF A MYSTERIOUS, DISAPPEARING, INTER-DIMENSIONAL SPACE (NOT TIME) TRAVELER NAMED LUCU (A YOUNG, FEMALE, AFRICAN ELEPHANT)

CHAPTER 1

The story starts when Grammy Miami decides on a rather ordinary, spectacular, sunny day to plant Terrance the Tomato. 

This is it! Grammy thinks to herself.  I’m a gardener now.  Yikes!

Realizing that she is going to need some expert help, Grammy picks up the phone and makes a call.

Terrance the Beef Master
Terrance the “Beef Master” Beefsteak Tomato

 

Kelly age 2 Kenosha
Kelly Jean Jelly Bean Prettiest Girl I’ve Ever Seen age 2.5

Kelly Jean, Jelly Bean Prettiest Girl I’ve Ever seen (her oldest daughter) answers the phone.  Kelly is also mom (or “mum” as they say where she lives) to Grammy’s two granddaughters:

“Well Kel,” says Grammy to her oldest daughter,  “I just planted my first vegetable. His name is “Terrance the Tomato.”  I named him for my great-great-great-grandfather.”

“Well, congrats Mom.  I’ll let you speak to the expert.”  Grammy’s oldest daughter Kelly then hands the Face Phone over to her oldest daughter, Evie.

 

Grammy’s oldest granddaughter, Evie “Ouiji” Glenhawk is an expert gardener.  Even though she is still only 4-years old, she has successfully grown her own sunflowers and is “spooky good” at knowing how to care for all sorts of plants.  That’s how she got her nickname “Evie Ouiji.”

Because of this expertise, Grammy decides on that spot that Evie will be her Top Plant Investigator from that day forward.  Her official title is Evie “Ouiji” Glenhawk.*

*Author’s Aside:  Of course,  “Glenhawk” is not her family’s real last name.  They have to use code names because Evie, her sister Millie, her mother Kelly and her father Thomas are Quite Important People (QIP) in a Very Secret Organization that Helps Everyone in the World. (VSOTHEITW)  Because of this, no one can know their real names or see their true identities.  That’s why all photos of Evie and Millie are masked and all photos of Kelly Jean Jelly Bean Prettiest Girl I’ve Ever Seen are photos of when she was very young.

Evie Ouiji Glenhawk

 

“Hello Evie!” says Grammy happily.

“Hello Grammy,” Evie replies.  Since they are using a Face Phone, they can also smile and wave to each other, and they do.

“Just think Evie,” says Grammy, her dark eyes sparkling and her long silver hair tangling in the wind, “it’s only 9’oclock in the morning here and it’s already 1 o’clock in the afternoon there.  That means that the sun has been awake longer on your side of the world than it has been on my side. Isn’t that amazing?”

“Grammy,” says Evie “Ouiji” Glenhawk in her most posh British accent, “the sun is always awake. Now, let me say hello to Terrance.”

“Right!” says Grammy.  Grammy holds the phone up so that Evie can see Terrance the Tomato and Terrance can, presumably, see Evie. For the next few minutes they, presumably, have a conversation, but it’s totally in silence so Grammy isn’t quite sure.

Suddenly a quiet little voice pipes up.

“Lellyfant.”

Millie the Chilly

“Millie?” Grammy hears Kelly Jean Jelly Bean (and so on) ask her youngest daughter. “Where is the elephant?”

“Lellyfant is dere,” Grammy hears Millie say.

Over Evie’s indignant protests, Kelly takes the phone and turns it toward Millie.

“I wasn’t done speaking to Terrance Mummy!”

“One moment, please, Evie.”

Grammy looks into the Face Phone and sees Millie pointing at the phone.

“Next to Terrnz,” says Millie. “Lellyfant.”

“Mummy, please?” Evie insists.

“One second Evie. I just need to understand what Millie is trying to say. You will get a turn again. Now Millie, you see an elephant next to Terrance the Tomato?”

“Yes.” Millie nods happily, then goes back to playing with her blocks.

Tin City Kitty Pow

Tin City Kitty pipes up. “The kid’s right, Grams. We’ve got company.”

Grammy is so startled, she nearly drops the phone.

TC struts over to Terrance, sticks out a paw and puts it down on a spot on the ground near the garden fence next to Terrance.

“There,” says TC.  He backs away and sits down on the ground to wait.

A small elephant shape fades into view like a photo developing on the air.

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“Oh!” says the elephant. “That was hard!”  She looks around, spots Grammy, TC and Kelly on the Face Phone, and smiles. “Hi.” she says.  “It’s nice to meet you.  I’m so glad I made it.  I’m Lucu!”

Grammy gasps and sits down so suddenly on the grass that she does drop the phone this time.

“Hey, watch it!” says a miffed Tin City Kitty. “You almost sat on me.”

“Mom? You okay?”

“Grammy! Where are you?” Evie calls out. “All I can see is the sky.”

TC struts over to the phone on the ground and looks down into it.

“Hey kid. Grammy’s a little shook up right now. She’ll be right back.”

“Hello TC,” Says Evie. “Thank you for letting me know. How are you?”

“I was almost a pancake a minute ago, but I’m fine.”

“Kitty!” Millie calls happily.

Grammy is still staring at Lucu and blinking in confusion.

“Grams, you okay?” TC rubs up against her back and purrs.

“Hmm? Oh. Sorry.” She picks up the phone and smiles at Kelly, Evie and Millie, now all looking at the Face Phone. “Hello darlings. One moment while I speak to our guest okay? See?”

Grammy turns the phone back to Lucu.

“Oh my!” says Kelly.

“Wow!” says Evie.

“Lellyphont,” says Millie, very calmly.  (Thus, her nickname, Milly “the Chilly.”

“Exactly,” says Grammy. “So Lucu, tell me about yourself. It’s very nice to meet you, but such a surprise to find a young elephant in my brand-new garden. How did you know my name? And why did you come to visit us?”

“It’s such a pleasure to meet you Grammy,” Says Lucu. “It’s a pleasure to meet all of you!  I came to meet you because your friend Wish told me about you. Well, she told all the trees about you. They got word to me by way of the TRUNC (tree-root-underground-communication-network). I came because I need your help.”

“Wait, what? Wish? Who?”

“Wish is your pear tree.” Lucu smiled. “She told us that she named herself “Wish” because she was given to you on your birthday two years ago as a surprise. You were so happy you cried tears of joy. One of those tears fell on her leaves as you were planting her out front. Those tears are very powerful magic! When a tree tastes those tears, they know a person’s heart, and life and they can feel the emotions of the person strongly. Wish loves you very much and, when she heard from her friends through the long-distance TRUNC about what is happening over here with the elephants, she knew you would want to try to get people to know about it and to help.”

Wish

“Oh…” Grammy is so surprised and so filled with emotion she can hardly speak.

“I have to go!” Lucu said suddenly. “It’s very hard to keep this communication open. It takes a lot of mental concentration because it opens an inter-dimensional space portal. Not time though. I’m not ready for that. Henrietta my friend told me about how to do it.”

“Is Henrietta a hippo?” Grammy asks, almost absently.

‘Yes!” says Lucu. “But how did you know that? She was named for her great great grandmother who was named by a little girl who was given a book written by a young girl many years ago called…

“Calmont the Lion Cub,” says Grammy. “Yes. I wrote that book for that little girl when I was 13-years old. She was having trouble reading and my teacher asked if I wanted to help.

‘Oh! This is so amazing! This is meant to be Grammy! I can’t wait to tell Henrietta I met you…”

But her voice was fading.

Evie, Kelly and Millie had watched this entire conversation on the Face Phone and they were all as startled as Grammy when Lucu, who was saying, “I.ll be back as soon as I ca…” suddenly POOF! Disappeared.

“Huh,” said TC. “You really don’t see that every day.”

“Grammy,” said Evie in a firm but polite voice. “May I speak to Terrance for one moment please?”

“Hmm? Oh sure Evie. Thank you for being so patient.” Grammy turned the phone to Terrance and another silent conversation ensued for a moment or two.

“Alright Grammy,” Evie said when a few silent moments had passed.  “Here’s how to take care of Terrance. First, he needs as much sunshine as he can get. Also, he hates to get wet. Only his roots like the water, but only his lower roots drink it. So water him at the ground. Also his upper roots eat plant food which he will need two times a week, and his lower roots drink. Isn’t that amazing? He is happy with that cage you gave him. It will help him stay strong and he can lean on it when he starts to grow the big tomatoes. He is very strong, but those tomatoes are called “Beef Master Beefsteaks” and they are going to get huge. Also Grammy he would love some company. Tomatoes especially love Basil plants because they help keep the very bad white flies away from the tomatoes. Oh and he loves jazz, especially Sonny Rollins music.”

“Oh me too. Evie thank you so much sweetie! You are so smart.” Grammy smiled at her oldest granddaughter.

“You’re welcome Grammy. Will you be planting basil tomorrow?”

“Yes, I will. I’ll let you know…”

“Well, in case we can’t speak, basil needs sun too and needs to be pinched back often even if you don’t use the leaves. It doesn’t need fertilizer because you keep harvesting it. I have a basil friend in my school named Bellisima, and she told me all about herself last week. Everyone is growing basil.”

“That’s excellent Evie! Thank you. I’ll talk to you soon. I love you sweetie.”

“Goodbye Grammy. I love you too. Goodbye TC.”

“See you kid.”

“Mom, Millie wants to say goodbye to you and TC, then we have to go. We’re headed to the park this afternoon.”

“Bye Gram Gram,” said Millie with a shy smile. “Bye TC.”

“Goodbye sweetheart. Kisses!”

“Bye Millie,” said TC. “Time for a nap,” he said, and strutted off to lie on the bench in the back yard.

“I’ll talk to you soon darling,” said Grammy to Kelly Jean, Jelly Bean, Prettiest Girl I’ve Ever Seen.

“Mom, are you okay? That elephant — Lucu — that was so strange. And you said you wrote a book and …what about that thing about your pear tree? That’s all so — well, it’s, rather odd isn’t it?”

Grammy grinned. “Kel, you’re developing that British talent for understatement. It is indeed odd and amazing and so incredible. I can’t wait to go talk to Wish and tell her all about Lucu’s visit. I talk to her almost every day so…”

“To your tree? Are you serious?”

Grammy smiled at her oldest, very level-headed child. “Oh quite serious. Don’t worry, I whisper. And I wear headphones and carry my phone so if anyone in the neighborhood sees me, I just look like I’m talking on the phone or singing. Oh that’s an idea!” says Grammy, looking delighted.

“What’s an idea?” asks Kelly. She looks vaguely uneasy.

“I could sing to her…”

“Well Mom I do have to go,” Kelly Jean Jelly Bean says. “Talk soon. Love to everyone.

“Oh Joe says hi. He’s helping me plant the begonias but right now is at the library. He wanted some new cookbooks.”

“Right. Well tell him I love him. Maybe we can see him next time.”

“I will darling girl. I love you so much. See you soon!”

Grammy hung up the phone. She bent down and patted Terrance. “Welcome to our garden Terrance,” she said. She looked down at her phone, scrolled to some music on YouTube, and soon the beautiful and happy song, “St. Thomas” featuring Sonny Rollins filled the air. She set her phone on the ground near Terrance and went out front to speak to Wish.

 

 

TOMATO-GROWING TIPS

  • Needs as much direct sunlight as possible
  • Needs shelter from wind
  • Likes compost on top of soil over roots
  • Likes to be next to Basil (white lfy is drawn to basil instead of tomatoes)
  • Likes to be next to garlic, nasturtiums or tagetes to repel aphids.
  • Needs support like nets or cages
  • Water the soil not the plant. Hates getting wet.
  • Loves to get a seaweed comfy feed 1x/week (the fruit love the potassium)
  • Water little and often – encourages steady growth and helps avoid split fruit.
  • Put a pipe directly into the ground near tomato because they have two kinds of roots: The high roots eat and the low roots drink so the pipe gets the water to the roots that drink more quickly.
  • Pinch away any shoots that develop between stem and main branches because they take up too much energy from the rest of the plant.
  • Cut off the top of the plant, especially outdoor plants after it has six sets of fruit. This helps it to focus.
  • Bring any tomatoes that are still not ripe at the end of summer indoors and put a banana with them. The ethylene from the banana helps them to ripen.
  • Pick off leaves once they start to fruit around the tomatoes to give the fruit lots of sun.From The Guardian – “Tomato Tips”
    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gardening-blog/2010/may/18/growing-tomatoes

Day 2:  Philip St. John Basil Rathbone MC the Basil

GRAMMY MIAMI AND THE CASE OF A MYSTERIOUS, DISAPPEARING, INTER-DIMENSIONAL SPACE (NOT TIME) TRAVELER NAMED LUCU (A YOUNG, FEMALE, AFRICAN ELEPHANT)

CHAPTER 2

 

The next day was a Tuesday.  Grammy planted Philip St. John Basil Rathbone MC the Basil.

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Day 2:  ☼ Philip St. John Basil Rathbone MC the Basil ☼
Named for the South-African born English actor who was best known as Basil Rathbone. Basil was most famous for his starring roles in 14 Hollywood films about Shelock Holmes that were made during the WWII years (1939-1946). Basil Rathbone served in the Great War (WWI) in the London Scottish Regiment. It was during that time he was awarded the title “MC” (Military Cross). “The Military Cross is granted in recognition of “an act or acts of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land to all members, of any rank in Our Armed Forces.” The reason our plant Basil was given this name is because he volunteered to be planted near Terrance the Tomato and to draw enemy fire (the white fly is the most notorious enemy of both) from Terrance’s tender developing tomatoes. Basil is also known as “Basil the Brave.”

daddy and meCAST OF CHARACTERS

For a list of all the vegetables living in Grammy Miami’s garden, visit this list of characters.  Cast of Characters. This list will increase by one every day for the next 100 days in accordance with the spirit of #the100dayproject.

For more about why Grammy Miami is part of #the100dayproject (it’s because she got a personal invitation over the phone from an art-world rock star) go here:   Jailbreak

On Tuesday, the day after Lucu’s visit, Grammy checked all over the garden with TC’s help for any sign of Lucu but she didn’t return.  Grammy sat in the garden until the sun burned her gently to remind her to go do some dishes.  She smiled at the sun, waved at Wish and went inside.

TC stretched out in the sunshine and fell asleep.

 later on

BASIL-GROWING TIPS

Growing

  • Needs 6-8 hours of sun
  • In the south/southwest, does well in afternoon shade.
  • Can be put outside 2 weeks after last frost.
  • Space distance usually 12-18 inches apart.
  • Does not like frost!
  • Loves rich, moist but well drained soil (pH 6 to 7)
  • Harvested continuously, so needs little fertilizer
  • Add plenty of organic nutrients when planting (compost, bone meal, cottonseed meal)
  • Feed with plant food every couple of weeks
  • To avoid root rot, plant in well-drained location.
  • Don’t let it get too dry or it will be stunted.
  • If they stop making seeds/stop growing, cut off top 1/3 and fertilize with liquid fertilizer.
  • Never cut the woody part of the stem!

Harvest

  • Any time after plants reach 6-8 inches
  • Pinch leave from tips of steps to encourage branch to make more
  • Try to keep pinched even if you don’t use the leaves.
  • Bring basil in at first prediction of frost.

Storing

  • Can be dried
  • Freezing best preserves them
  • Or using in vinegar

Uses

  • Can be used to flavor oils and pesto (refrigerate)
  • Don’t keep leaves in fridge or they will brown

from “Growing Basil”- BonniePlants.com
https://bonnieplants.com/growing/growing-basil/

 

About this Story

“Grammy Miami and the Case of the Disappearing Friendly Young Female African Elephant Named Lucu” is a story for my second #the100dayproject on Instagram.

This is a story for my granddaughters who will find themselves featured in its pages. Every day for the next 100 days there will be a new photo, plant and chapter.

I’m doing this for my newest #the100dayproject on Instagram (#tizzlovesrowdy).  My page is here:  tizzlovesrowdy My goals for this project are:

  • to create daily updates for a chapter story for my granddaughters, age 4 and 1;
  • to create art;
  • to get better at gardening, one plant at a time;
  • to recover in the very best way from a recent major surgery (sunshine, creativity);
  • to consistently create for a project from my heart, powered by love;
  • to connect with other creative folks doing #the100dayproject