Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Story of a Boxwood

I've been meaning to tell you the story about this little Boxwood sitting to the right of my spring house.  Perhaps someday, I'll tell you the story about the spring house.  Oh, and before I forget, isn't this little "tree face" so adorable?  He was a gift from my best friends from Connecticut. 

Okay, the Boxwood.  Well, one year the Garden Club I belong to was going to make Kissing Balls.  Hopefully you all know what a Kissing Ball is.  And someday I'm going to tell you how to make THE MOST BEAUTIFUL KISSING BALL of all...just remind me (in November).  

In order to make the Kissing Balls, we needed Boxwood.  Now I did not have any Boxwood on my property, so I asked a bunch of my workout buddies at the Y.  I really lucked out.  Marshall said, "Why JP I've got lots of Boxwood and they are really overgrown, so if you want to come by, just give me a call."  That was on a Monday morning and I called him that afternoon.  He's in his early 70's, a real sweetheart, and very spry for his age.  We have a lot of fun together.  He and his girl friend hike, bird-watch, hawk-watch...they do a lot of "outdoorsy" things.  He is very knowledgeable too, as he's a Master Gardener and just became a Virginia Naturalist.

After I took the back seat out of the Wrangler, off I went to Marshall's.  Now "as the crow flies," he only lives about two miles away.  He's up and over the mountain...well actually a few mountains.  I got there and began to clip the Boxwood, stacking the branches in the back of the truck.  I was planning on bringing enough to the meeting the next day for all the ladies at the Club because a lot of them had said they didn't have it either. 

And so I did.  On Tuesday when I arrived at the Church where we meet, they were all so tickled when I came in carrying bunches and bunches of Boxwood.  I sort of felt like Santa Claus, making them all happy and smiling.  It was a great feeling...making others happy!

One of my best friends at the Club was the one instructing us on how to make various things out of Boxwood and once again, I really lucked out.  Norma stood by me and kept leaning down whispering in my ear, "just do exactly what I tell you and don't listen to any of them.  Your ball will be the best!"  And so I did.  I only listened to Norma Jean and my kissing ball was the best!!!!  Now I make them every year and they look so beautiful hanging on my front porch and shed!

See, you've done it to me again...got me off on another story.  Now you'll have to come back to hear The Story of a Boxwood!


to be continued....

19 comments:

Cathy said...

Had to Google Kissing Balls, this is the first I've heard about them. They look very pretty. Looking forward to the rest of the story!

gld said...

Never heard of kissing balls either.....and I want a story and pictures of that springhouse!

I can just imagine the original owners of that wonderful log house keeping their milk and butter cool in it.

You have your work cut out for you....get to writing.

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

I love the spring house, can't wait for the story. Please don't forget to tell us how to make kissing balls.

varunner said...

I want to see what a kissing ball looks like. You need a picture. Because I'm a little scared of what I'd find if I googled "Kissing balls". Yeah, not going there.

Sandra said...

i hope we will see a kissing ball on the next post, i don't know what one is.

Nancy said...

Lol -- @varunner!

I'm thinking I know what's coming, but I won't spoil it! :)

Rusty said...

OK, you have my attention! Be back..(Grin). ATB!

texwisgirl said...

You are too funny! And, crap, another dangling storyline...

The face looks great with the snow dusting on it! :)

Chatty Crone said...

I'm off to google kissing balls - then I'll be back tomorrow. sandie

Tiggeriffic said...

Here is lots of smiles sent to you with the face on the tree. That is so cute.
That spring house looks so cool.. It looks like a great place to girlyfy and make it look like a hideaway for you.
Boxwood kissing balls ~ I have seen them and wondered how they made them.. I have never seen boxwood growing so I would be oblivious to what it would look like growing in the wild.
Great post,,but again it's a continued story.. very funny... Have a tiggeriffic day~! ta ta for now from Iowa

Angela said...

I didn't know you could make them with boxwood JP! That is what we have in front of our house. It's a colonial. Gotta have boxwood! Can't wait to hear the rest of the story!

Have a Great Day!
Angela

Sandy said...

I have never heard of kissing ball either. Looking forward to the rest of the story.

Canyon Girl said...

I have no idea what a kissing ball is. I guess I should Google them too. What did we do before Google? But I love your stories and your writing. And your home in the hollow.

Canyon Girl said...

I just saw your comment - it is not my photo program. Sometimes a photo that is fine there will turn sideways in Blogger. I have determined that this happens when I take the picture from straight above. Two of my rock pictures had the same problem, but it didn't matter. I love using Word for my longer blogs, because I use a lot of photos. I can lay them out there and see how it all works, then after I download the photos to Blogger, I just copy the text over. For posts with just a photo or two and little text, I often go directly to Blogger. Thanks for the tips though. Do you know of any way to manipulate a photo in Blogger?

Patricia said...

I've heard of kissing balls, but never made one...would love to see yours...waiting for the rest of the story...

Verde Farm said...

Oh--I get hooked and then out of town with work and miss pieces--I can’t wait to hear. I love boxwood :)

ain't for city gals said...

Hi I came over from Granny's Mountain...I don't feel quite so dumb after reading the comments..I have never heard of kissing balls either! Looking forward to reading your previous and future posts..

forestwalk/laura k said...

hmmm, never heard of kissing balls either...maybe the boxwood's version of a mistletoe? that all that comes to mind! i don't have any boxwoods...maybe i can make an azalea ball? :]laura

forestwalk/laura k said...

OH! yeah! for got to say...love that snowy picture and the tree face!! cool!!

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