doodle by andre: it’s all a matter of taste


WHAT DO YOU SAY (AFTER ‘THANK YOU’) when someone sends you something thoughtful but, well, um, you’re just not an orange person? This latest doodle from Andre Jordan reminds me of all those holiday gifts I never wore but just couldn’t throw out, either. Of course, I actually like pink with orange, but then there’s no accounting for taste, is there?

  1. Deanna says:

    Ha ha! I had some orange tiger lillies in one of my gardens when I moved into this house, and they got ripped out right away. I am not an orange person. I am a bad person. It’s ok though.

  2. leslie says:

    Got rid of one of those hideous orange azaleas shortly after moving into our place. Don’t feel bad about it at all.

    Advice for Andre if there’s ever a next time: just plant ’em where the deer can get at ’em and that’ll take care of that.

  3. Bobster says:

    Andre, I think we’ve all been the recipient of the well intended garden gift at one point or another.

    “I’m still looking for the *perfect* spot” works well. As does…”those darn squirrels must have gotten to them, I was so disappointed”. Love the doodle…thanks for the chuckle this morning.

    And uh…if you’re not doing anything with those lilies…

  4. Erin says:

    You plant those bulbs in some far corner of the garden and then, when your friend comes to see your garden the next summer and of course is searching for the great bulbs she gave you, you say you planted them front and center, but the darn squirrels must have moved them.

  5. DJ says:

    I ordered a red and white Rose once, and put Red Carpet border lilies around it. When they bloomed it turned out the rose was actually pink, and the lilies deep burnt orange. I am definitely NOT and orange person, but I did sort of learn to love the combination…in that spot.

  6. Deirdre says:

    Plant them in a pot. Put the pot someplace you don’t see it much, or at least someplace where there is no pink. If friend comes to visit, stick the pot in a prominent place. After visit, remove.

    There’s orange and there’s orange. Some oranges are complex with depths of color. Some are dayglow and/or the color of Tang. The complex oranges can be very pretty.

  7. catjane says:

    Perhaps a certain level of age is required both to wear purple and plant orange! I’ve grow to love it and to seek it out for experimentation.

  8. Janet says:

    Go with the pot, as opposed to the squirrels. You could get more to replace those lost to rodent damage, if you tell the giver that.. But once you friend sees them blooming, then she/he will go on to new creative heights and the pot can disappear. And we won’t tell.

  9. MaryB. says:

    Yay Catjane! I agree with you . I have no qualms about planting anything orange. It gets a bad rap if you ask me. Some hoity-toity decided orange in a garden was in bad taste and now it has forever been banned from joining the other colors of the rainbow!. What’s up with that?

  10. Camille says:

    Oh, we all get those gifts don’t we?

    Me? I think I would plant them kind of out of the way where I would not see them all the time but still make use of them. Like, behind the mailbox or by the barn or maybe in front of an AC unit or something.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Janet. I agree; the loss-to-pests approach may induce more of same. Thanks for joining us, and do so again soon, yes?

      Welcome, Camille. You are the kindest kind of friend, who tries to accommodate the gift. Impressive (and here we all are making up naughty stories). Don’t be a stranger; see you soon.

      Welcome, MaryB. I love orange, truth be told (and even with pink). In fact, the trim of my house is orange, believe it or not. Great color; very uplifting, I think. Thanks for your encouragement and see you soon.

  11. ayo says:

    Thanks, Andre. Orange ‘issues’ are common. In past gardens, I systematically eliminated all traces of orange, but I’ve changed. Where I garden today, I have four main perennial and shrub borders, each with a color theme. One is all about foliage–kind of a japanese style garden. One is ‘hot’ – yellows, oranges, and classic reds. One is “cool” – blues, pinks, purples and pinkish-reds, and the third is whites only. I no longer hate orange, because it’s just beautiful and harmonious in the “hot colors” section of the garden. And the best part is that for just about any plant I want to try (or receive as a gift) I will be able to find a place in my garden where it won’t clash audibly!

  12. Genevieve says:

    I just blame it on the gophers, myself!! (and I like pink with orange too, as long as they are the right pinks and oranges!)

  13. Tammy says:

    Haha. This is too funny. Looks like we can all relate. I do have some prized orange lillies though. Not for the color so much, but because they were from my great-grandmother’s garden which came to my garden via my mother.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Tolu; I know Andre will be pleased to hear that (and I am, too, but can take no credit :) ) See you soon again.

  14. shay says:

    Haha, oh how I love all of Andre’s doodles. And this blog! I started a garden back home a couple months before I moved down to LA for college, and I miss it so much. I try to keep flowers in my room to lift my spirits.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Shay. Thanks for your encouragement; we appreciate it. I can’t imagine leaving the garden, but school is a good reason. Good luck with it. See you soon here again, I hope.

  15. Diana says:

    You tell them about my squirrels, only you pretend they are your squirrels. When I say my squirrels dug up every bulb I planted, so that we don’t even bother with bulbs anymore, I am not kidding (to be sure these are bulbs planted in an NYC co-op garden, and New York squirrels are tougher than most) but you can say that with a straight face in this town and it won’t be a lie.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Diana. I once planted 4,000 crocus, and by the time they were through blooming the first spring, not a one was still in the ground. I never tried crocus again. The ones not dug in fall were first beheaded while in flower in April, then dug up for good measure. Lovely. Thanks for your comment and hope we see you soon again.

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