... and Happy Earth Day 2013.
I was around for the very first Earth Day … on April 22nd, 1970. Not sure how a mere child like myself was … oh, who am I trying to kid? I was a Senior in High School … one of the younger members of my class, but still.
We went outside on the beautiful Spring Wednesday … sat on the grass … and
enjoyed the time out of class made a significant ecological statement.
The drummers from the Band took part in an ad hoc type parade of sorts … in which six “pall bearers” carried a casket containing a cars Evil Combustion Engine. I don’t recall if I ever heard where they got it.
There were banners and all the rest. This was right at the end of the 60’s after all … just a few months after Woodstock … and twelve days before the Kent State Shootings.
I would think of all this each year no matter where I was. As indeed one year (1991?) I enjoyed Earth Day in San Diego with a friend from College.
And again today, a friend from High School reposted the pictures I have above here … from my Senior Year Book. So once more I thought of that day.
As a token Earth-y thing … since I am a card-carrying tree hugger … I went to a local farm market which has the largest greenhouse in the area.
I bought a dozen rather large Lavender plants. Cost $3.99 a piece … and with a dollar off each.
The plan is to plant them along the front of my house and let them re-sprout year after year. The intent is to make the house look better outside … smell good … and encourage bugs to stay away from the open windows.
We’ll see how well that goes.
And I also got one three-foot Holly … tree? bush? plant? whatever. At a cost of … wait for it … six bucks.
These people are old school down there. No wonder everyone goes there to get flowers and whatnot each spring.
If I can get the one Holly to stay alive and thrive in this horrible soil then the plan is to get several more … and put them at the front of the property at the top of the slope.
Yes, pictures will follow.
A long time from now.
I have the least Green Thumb of anyone I know.
Happy Earth Day, everyone.