Did y’all walk by a field of purple and not notice it?

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Okay, this is serious stuff y’all. I think I might have a bone to pick with you. Is it possible that you may have ever - I mean ever in your life for one second walked, hopped, driven, skipped, or flown by a field of purple and not noticed it? I have to know. Have you ever done it?

Think… Think… Think….

This is the deal. Remember Shug from The Color Purple? Now don’t tell me you don’t remember Shug. That’s like not remembering Juno or Forrest.

Or Aurora or Scout.

Okay, maybe you’ll remember Shug when I remind you what she said:

"I think is pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t
notice it."

Those were her words y’all, not mine. But I think she might be on to something. You see, we have NO LAVENDER BLOOMS! None, zilch, zero. We don’t even have signs of blooms to come… We’re crushed.

And clueless.

This time last year it looked like this out here.

And this.

And this.

I would show you what it looks like this year, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. It’s sad y’all. Very sad. It's a moment in history I don't want recorded.

It’s been an overall low bloom year for everything in the Hill Country this year. (Except for oak and cedar pollen; that’s a bumper crop every year.) The wildflowers were disappointing and the bluebonnets were as rare as I have ever seen. You know – come to think of it, the bluebonnets are kind of purplish in color. I would suppose if you were God and looking at bluebonnets from heaven they would kind of take on a purplish hue. Maybe that’s something else we got wrong. Perhaps He intended for us to call them purplebonnets. Maybe that’s why He only let’s us see them for a short period of time…. He could still be a little po’d about that too!

So anyway, we don’t know what’s going on with our lavender fields. We talked to another lavender farmer last night and they are having the same problem. Hopefully this only means we will have a late bloom this year. Or maybe we need to grow cotton or corn or something….

Do you think there’s a market for cotton lotion or corn spa treatment? What about hay body wash?

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