Our last Frost date in Savannah is thought to be March 15th. This past Winter has proven to be colder than cold with sustained freezing temperature going on for day after day, evening after evening, for longer than even the old timers recall. So I am biding my time with just a few basil seeds planted at the window sill, and early hopes went with the newly planted peas and lettuce at the Farm. I have fire ants trying once again to make my plot their home, so I have stayed away for a few days. My nasty method of pouring boiling water on their hills will hopefully make the survivors agree to pack up and move elsewhere. All of these variables, such as frost and fire ants, will partially determine my success with the Spring planting.
While waiting to get back into the garden, we bought a ticket to have ONE treasure appraised during the Savannah Antiques and Architecture week-end. While I went more to support the charity than learn the true value of my treasure, I have to say I was very disappointed in the appraisers estimate. Having been in the antiques trade myself for nearly two decades, I feel I could have challenged him, but why bother? It was an event to raise funds, meet celebrities and enjoy the charm of historic Savannah, after all. ANd the event delivered on all of that! What a lovely day it was to stroll the squares, and marvel at the azaleas just about to burst into full glory. On the drive home, we stopped by Bonaventure Cemetery, one of Savannah’s jewels. Yes, I have said it before, a cemetery is unlikely place to want to spend an early Spring afternoon. However, Bonaventure is like many rural cemeteries in the United States that were planned not just as final resting places, but as beautifully planned parks in rural areas.
The townspeople were provided these beautiful open spaces as a respite to their hard-working lives, and as places to not only respect and remember their loved ones, but to celebrate the great outdoors. My grandfather, grandmother and father have their final resting place in such a rural cemetery. Their monument overlooks the mighty Hudson River and the hills that rise from her shores, where one can reflect on life and take time to remember. The monuments at Bonaventure are extraordinary and have an artistic appeal that is admired by many. In fact the Telfair Museums just opened a small but engaging exhibit at their Jepson Museum. It should not be missed! The Bird girl, known to all as the cover girl on John Berendt’s “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” has been moved to the Museum and is on special display during the run of the exhibit. (She was actually moved quite some time ago, as the book became popular, there was some worry over her safety in the Bonaventure Cemetary.) Because my visits to this blog have become spare,(and I might not get back to it for a while!) let me try to hold your attention a minute more, and end with something I found while at the exhibit. An old design for the planting around a plot at Bonaventure! One reason people love to take visitors to the cemetery is to view the landscape, adorned with azaleas, camellias, crepe myrtles and other specimen plantings. I admire this plan, but back then, the designer did not know what a nuisance the ivy (Hedera helix) would become! It is as bad as kudzu! I’ve heard that some people mow it down with lawn mower and still it persists. Takes over the world if allowed. After our short visit, we descended the grand staircase at the Jepson museum, drove home from our “city visit” where we always admire the architecture. Happy Spring Savannah!