A Scarecrow named Emily

George Goen and I always spend a weekend in the Spring at his house so I can witness the beauty of his perennial flower garden.  Ten years ago, he began carving it out of the hilly and rocky woods.


Today, it’s a feast for the senses.  In support of his backbreaking endeavor, I helped plant hundreds of bulbs in Novemeber, some of which are pictured here.


But all is not a perfect paradise on this nine acres of property.   Underneath the lush facade of beauty lurks critters that insist on wreaking havoc on his vegetable garden.  When George invited me for the weekend, he said he needed some of our juju to make a scarecrow.  That’s right down my alley, I told him, although, Emily, as we named her after we bought her thrift store outfit, was my first.


We started by stuffing a bulb bag with straw and rocks for her model features.  She wanted to wear the Happy Birthday glasses, as it was, after all, her first day on the job and the planet.


Seen here, her lovely figure and stance, with ribbons hanging from her arms to create more terror on the hearts and minds of the devious creatures.  The garden is as secure as the Vatican and even withs a fine selection of nourishment to be had all over they place, they prefer to invade and eat their fill of George’s organic food.  Until Emily hit the runway.


She is a total natural and completely successful at her new job; very happy too, as you can see.  Especially since we gave her the finest pair of red lips this side of Hollywood.

For more juju between George and I, click on Easter Juju With George: http://wp.me/p2VlvN-4A 

Or, read The Urchins about an unGodly attempt to rid the garden of varmits: http://wp.me/p2VlvN-n

6 thoughts on “A Scarecrow named Emily

      • When I had my log home on the Olympic Peninsula I planted 1000’s of bulbs on the property and it was a labor of love that paid off so nicely when I had bulbs starting with crocus peaking thru the snow to huge dahlias as fall’s last hurrah. I love the beautiful floral displays you and George have created, truly amazing.


      • Dixie: That sounds like George”s endeavor, which is absolutely his and not mine. I just show up every once in a while and we clean up borders, plant, harvest, make things from the bounty, and in Emily’s scarecrow case, secure the lands against enemy invasion.


  1. How lovely art thou Emily, amid the gardens of the Grove. You sparkle in the sunshine and grace the grounds with your elegant arabesque. So happy you were born out of such special juju:)


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