Monday, November 9, 2009

Scrap Hammered

Cereus Peruvianus
Yikes, I stepped out of the Blogosphere for a few days and come back only to find I’ve been thoroughly beaten with the Honest Scrap hammer by no less than three Blotanical members. Now if I have this correct there are so rules I’m supposed to abide by. Hmmm…Lets see.

1. Brag about the award.

2. Include the name of the blogger who bestowed the award on me and link back to the blogger.

3. Choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that I find brilliant in content or design.

4. Show their names and links and leave a comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog.

5. List at least ten (10) honest things about myself.

Okayyyy…First off…shucks, I sure appreciate the opportunity to come up with a post that doesn’t require as much thought as most posts do. In reality, I am honored that Wendy of Greenish Thumb, Jean P of Jean’s Garden and Sarah of Madblooms think enough of this blog to want to learn a little bit more about the author. One thing these three women have in common is a passion for horticulture, something that is very apparent in their gardening blogs. Not the horticulture that insists upon the correct latin but the hort that is the beauty and wonder of nature. Thanks ladies, very cool.

On to ten fact about me. Lets see if I can come up with stuff I haven’t already written about.

1. I grew up in next to my Grandmothers farm in Bristol WI. It is there that I first was introduced to growing plants for both food and pleasure. My parents had a large garden and canned much of the harvest. Both my parents and Grandmother had massive beds of mostly perennials. I don’t think they ever went to a nursery as plants were passed around the community from family to family.

2. The first plants I remember having were some Maple seeds I stuck in a pot at about age 6 and wonder it all they sprouted.

3. I arrived in the Fl. Keys in 1977 driving an old hippie van/telephone truck and lived in a camp ground for the first year, didn’t have to work thanks to being laid off, pulled unemployment comp., went spearfishing everyday and lived on lobster and brown rice prepared by lovely hippie chicks. Ahh, that was the life.

4. Reality hit and I went back to work, at a nursery and thus began a 20 some odd year career in the hort. trade.

5. Got tired of digging holes, employees, and using my tools. I was a softball coach for my daughters teams, became Pres. of Little League which led to my next career as the Exec. Dir. of a youth oriented nonprofit, a position I hold still today. Working with kids does keep you thinking young.

6. I took a 7 year hiatus from all things horticultural until falling for Liz. She was the owner of a wholesale nursery for a decade that she built from the ground up. My hort interest was renewed and most of our vacations revolve around visiting gardens where we play the latin name game.

7. I’m not a professor of anything. That is a nickname given me by a group of friends. This blog started a way to keep in contact with them, the blog languished, was revived as this garden blog and suddenly it was too late to change the name to something gardenish.

8. Liz doesn’t believe in blogging…at all. So it’s just little old me. She’s never read a single word and demanded that I take her picture off it. So be it, anything for harmony at home.

9. I do all the laundry…ALL OF IT.

10. I have been informed that what I deem blonde in my hair is indeed gray…but they are wrong.

As for passing this on, well I’m not much on this kind of thing. This meme has swept through Blotanical at a fever pace. It’s kinda fun but so many bloggers have been awarded this that I will just allow this branch of the Honest Scrap tree to end here and we can get back to garden blogging.


Nell Jean said...

Liz and the Professor is a wonderful blog name. I read a blog where the principals call themselves June and Marvin Gardens. They don't even own a potted plant.

Victoria said...

Great to hear more about you! A fun post!

Deborah at Kilbourne Grove said...

It is always interesting to learn more about you. I started my blog as well to keep in touch with friends all over the world, but it also evolved!

Noelle Johnson said...

I just knew you were an interesting guy!

Randy Emmitt said...


I know what you mean about Liz not blogging, Meg my other have reads it once in a while and has commented twice in 90 posts. Hippie chics I remember those days. good posting enjoyed it very much.

Mary Delle LeBeau said...

Scott, Thanks for the interesting ten things. You are a very interesting fellow. Did your maple seeds ever come up?

Chloe m said...

I keep thinking about Gilligans island and the professor and Maryann.
Interesting story about how you ended up in Fl. Thanks for sharing all that.
Fun post!

Kathy said...

I think my husband would idolize you for that hippie chickie period of your life ... hmmm, lobster! I cannot eat lobster here after living in Maine and getting it live and fresh from the pound ... never spear chucked it, though - c-c-cold water. Good for you for keeping blond hair and staying yuteful ... I think youra a very smart and very cultured horticultural "professor."

Wendy said...

enquiring minds want to know!

I had been wondering about the professor part!

That's funny that Liz wants her picture off.

Town Mouse said...

Well, I think it's only fitting that you do the laundry. Mr. Mouse does it as well. It's men's work, I think. I do hope you hang it out to dry, more energy efficient and smells better.

James David said...

I like the part when you mention keepin the harmony part at home & doing the laundry. I can really relate to that.
Thanks for sharing.

Jim Groble said...

Pat looked at your pics and wondered aloud that we a;; take pictures of bees. Well yes i said' but some of these guys get to take pictures of reptile too.

Jacqueline D'Elia said...

I must say I enjoyed reading this post Scott. Very interesting....

Meems said...

Very interesting, Scott, to learn more about you. The part about your family not buying plants sounds so... Americana ... like that's the way it probably was for a lot of folks way back when.

I remember the hippie days well, too. Left all that behind for family and responsibility. :-)

Kimberly said...

Well, I haven't stopped by in a while, and what a great time to stop by...when I can find out more about you and Liz. hubby does all the laundry in our house.

flower delivery philippines said...

Gorgeous flower! well bloomed. I like it. Wish I can add that to my garden. Anyway, thanks for sharing. Keep posting.


Darla said...

I was so thrilled to find another Florida blog and then a little let down to see that you haven't posted in a while...I'm in Tallahassee.

magi said...

I'll test ride these for you on the polo courts!

Tires Florida

Janey said...


I hope you're having an awesome week! I thought you might like this infographic I helped build about the health, mental, and financial benefits of gardening (

If you think your readers would like it too, please feel free to use it on the Liz and Professor blog. There's code at the bottom of our post that makes it super easy to post on your blog. It's all free (of course). If you have any questions about posting it, let me know and I'll try to help.

I don't know where else to contact you so I just posted a comment here. :)


~ Janey