Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Phooey Forbes

Well you probably heard by now that Forbes magazine ranked Cleveland, our fair city, as the city with the worst weather in America. I must have turned into a local because I say Phooey! Phooey on you, Forbes magazine. I know we get a ton of snow. And there is a sort of humor about writing this as it's snowing again. Or is it still. Our friends in Southern California pray for snow, just not near them, so they can get a glass of water in July. Cleveland doesn't stop when it snows like other cities that have been on TV lately. Snow and a temperate clime have their benifits. The jamokes at Forbes must not be gardeners.
I wanted to find the one picture that showed the gardening benifits to living in Cleveland. I couldn't choose just one. Here's a few.









15 comments:

Kyna said...

I've never been there, but from the pictures I can see all of the benefits a gardener can take advantage of! :)
My husband would agree with you, he wants to take me to visit Cleveland and check out where he lived as a teenager. He'd probably move back there now if it wasn't for the snow :P

Christine B. said...

Forbes shmorbes! Cleveland looks to be great gardening country from your photos. How did you coax the ducky family to tramp across the lawn for your pic?

Christine in Alaska

Shady Gardener said...

Oh my goodness! :-) Your gardens are gorgeous! (And just look at those ligularia!) I'm even more excited to spread my seeds outdoors once Spring arrives, now! Isn't it fun to look back at what happened this past year? Sometimes I get "caught up" in my projects and don't stop to ENJOY enough. Have a great week!

Jim Groble said...

Kyna, you guys are welcome at our house anytime you are in the neighborhood.

Christine, I fell asleep on my favorite chair. The duck chatter woke me up. I had my camera tied to my wrist, just in case.

Shady, The ligularia in a row are 4to 6 years old. your seeds are from those plants.

Carolyn gail said...

What are those people smokin' ? That can't be true about Cleveland cause we got the worse of it here in Chicago.

Those are great shots of your garden.

Edith Hope said...

Dear Jim, How wonderful to see some pictures of your garden not under snow.

I do admire the way you are so philosophical about your weather and am pleased to know that your city keeps running. A flurry of snow in London and everything grinds to a halt.

The Redneck Rosarian said...

Jim, not sure about the weather, but I can tell by your pictures it's really doesn't get in the way when it comes to great gardens.

Great pictures.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

They evidently did not visit our fair state of Alaska to check the weather. Guess they went for the more populated cities.
Oh well, you win some, you lose some. I think Cleveland can man up for such a slap. LOL!

I loved the pictures of your summer garden beds and the great pictures you added on the sidebar. Very pretty for a duck trail. LOL! They are so cute all in a line.

Ginger said...

Stunning!! Those hostas would make the winter worth it!

debsgarden said...

Your garden is a piece of paradise! I wonder what criteria Forbes was using. Maybe the writer had thin southern blood like me. I think snow is beautiful, but I don't like those frigid temperatures. Some would argue our hot, humid summers are awful, but we get use to it. ( Air-conditioning helps! ) The fact is, all climates have their pros and cons.

Jess said...

I agree with you, to each his own. Some people don't like dry, some don't like rainy, some don't like hot, some don't like snowy, and a heck of a lot of people I know don't like anything that isn't climate controlled!

Meredith said...

Forbes doesn't know what they are talking about, clearly. Your garden is a little piece of paradise. Bad weather is definitely a question of taste, as well. My hubby loves snow and ice, and hates the heat. He's miserable in Southern temps that feel like true summer to me, raised down here. And if you stick me in a Canadian winter, I wilt in misery. Maybe Forbes should quit it with their silly dualistic prognostications (good/bad, rich/poor, success/failure) and try to live in the real world for a change, where there's so much more going on, subtlety, color, texture, beauty, joy, and light -- all of which are there in your garden. :)

Muhammad khabbab said...

I agree with Redneck Rosarian the weather doesn't get in the way when it comes to great gardens like yours.

Gail said...

Worst weather! The one positive about snow is its insulating properties! Your garden is a treat this morning~hostas make for a lushness that is very inviting. I bet it's a respite in the heat of summer. I hope you have a delicious Valentine's weekend.

kanak7 said...

Jim, most gardening-friendly weather, I must say! I gasped at all the lush and beautiful images of your surroundings!