Monday, August 4, 2014


Over the years, as in most marriages, there are small and large arguments over small and large disagreements.

SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed) had told me the plant in our back yard was an Artemisia.  But I had doubts and had questioned that from time to time.  I said it looked similar to other plants in our area that she had identified as Russian Sage.  Still she insisted it was different and was an Artemisia.

Finally, one day when it was in full purple-blossomed bloom, I looked for pictures of such a plant on the Internet.  I found many gray-green plants that looked very similar to the way ours looked when we first got here but none with purple blossoms.

So I told my garden expert (SWMBO) about it and let it drop.

A few days later she came to me and said something along the lines of "you were right."  As a golden shaft of light struck me and the angels began to sing, she continued "I looked on the Internet and it's a Rocketman Russian Sage."

Then she added a tiny clause.  "So you win once in 43 years.  Big deal."

The ROCKETMAN RUSSIAN SAGE seems to be a hardy plant. Here's a picture of it after a thunderstorm passed through a few days ago.

As you may be able to see, the pounding rain pretty much flattened it.

But here it is a short time later after it had sprung back up.

So, if you see one of these in your yard, remember - it is not an Artemisia.  It is a ROCKETMAN RUSSIAN SAGE!


Phil Perisich said...

Just remember s stopped clock is correct twice a day. I am not sure where being correct once in 43 years puts you but I think it is 1/31,330th of a broken clock.

Jager said...

Well Taylor you're ahead of me. I haven't won one from SWMBO 2.0 in 16 years!

Carolina Linthead said...

Ha! Great post. Love the Rocketman Russian Sage.

Tom said...

An event is all the more valuable for its rarity. Today you are a very rich man, in more ways than one.

Stephen Hayes said...

Mrs. Chatterbox and I have never had an argument over a plant. Neither of us are gardeners. She jokes that we wouldn't know if marijuana was growing in the front yard. Actually, I'd know!

Tom Cochrun said...

Enjoy your brief moment of victory! Lovely plant and the Elton tune is a classic.

Should Fish More said...

Nice plant, pretty flowers.
Yeah, the losing side always like to remember their brief moment's of glory, ignoring the ultimate. That's fine, we should always have our moment in the sun, eh?

azttttommy said...

You win one and post it for the world to see. You're either very brave or very foolish!