Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Jane and I are Finished

She looked so inviting in her photos, and from her description she seemed the perfect match. We met a few months ago, hit it off well, and so she came home with me.

All was good for a while, but then, I began to see a side of Jane that I didn't like. I had seen it before in others, and I knew that no good was going to come of this. At first it was the little things, but as always happens little things led to bigger things and it became clear that there was no future in our relationship.

Maybe it was the way she was raised. I don't really know what sort of home she came from. She was a foreigner, you know...not that I have anything foreigners, (I teach English as a Second Language) but when you get involved with someone who's not from around here, well, just know you're opening yourself up to all kinds of trouble.

My next relationship is going to be with a North Carolina girl, or at least a Southern one. I don't care if she likes grits or NASCAR or Tar Heel basketball, but she's got to be native to my part of the world. I'd prefer one who likes birds, and whom the birds like. And not too tall either--I don't want some 40-footer towering over me. And she has to love the sun, hot all day sun. If you know anyone like this, I'd appreciate it if you'd give me her name and tell me what you know about her.

In case you think I'm being too hard on poor Jane, let me show you a picture of what I'm talking about. And don't even let her try to blame me. I've been in relationships with others...who aren't named Jane...and everything was fine. In fact, I still see one of them every day and she will tell you how well I treat her. The problem lies wholly with Jane.

See what I mean?

Now, I've had my eye on this cute little Serviceberry...anything I should know about her???

11 comments:

Les, Zone 8a said...

Sorry to hear about Jane, I know that you put your whole self into it. Just remember that there will probably be a rebound girl and those relationships are often doomed. But the one after that--look out that could be the real thing.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

All I can tell you is that Serviceberry is a native and the birds like it. Just remember that all relationships need input from both parties to be successful.

David in Greensboro, NC said...

So, Les, I dug up and gave away a red maple that was in this spot--Jane took her place--do you think I'm ready for a commitment?

I remember you had one Lisa. How tall is yours? (I'm blaming Jane's problems on a poor upbringing!)

Gina said...

David - I'm so glad that I picked Ann instead of Jane!

LCShores said...

As I found out this year, serviceberries are great if you don't mind that the bloom looks good for only 24 hours. But the berries and fall color are gorgeous, and the birds love 'em.

Christine said...

We have a large serviceberry, and the birds do love it. Sorry to hear about Jane, though.

Laura said...

I have a Serviceberry and the blooms looked god for 2 weeks. Sorry things didn't go well with Jane!

iris said...

What a shame. You really tried with old Jane. I've got a pink dogwood that looks about the same, and I'm trying to revive a Richmond cherry whose roots were drowned before the dry creek was put in, but I think that one's going the way of Jane as well. I'm sitting on two potted red-twig dogwoods, afraid that once I stick 'em in the ground they'll shrivel up and croak too. If they do, maybe I'll go down the serviceberry road with you.

Q said...

I am a native girl myself. Seems as if all is better in my garden when I grow native...
Serviceberry works for me, a dear heart of a shrub.
Sherry

Carolyn gail said...

That's what you get when you mess with a girl that's not from the South, Bobbyearl !

Serviceberry?! Just one word : YUK!

Why don't you try Magnolia Grandiflora ' Little Gem ' ? This is a real Southern Belle with a proper upbringing that will love your climate and she's not too tall and loves the sun.

Anonymous said...

We had Ann and Jane at the big box. I wonder how many died and left so many wounded hearts.

Hey--I'm working on my blog if you've tried to stop by.
Anna--Flowergardengirl