THE POP-TART STORY

My burn blisters are diminishing. They don’t hurt anymore but are just inconvenient when I pick up a shovel (the blisters pop). It takes a special talent to get burns like this from toasting a pop-tart.
 
I don’t eat pop-tarts. Except that I saw them on sale at Win-Mart for under $1.50 and remembered that I used to eat them: so I bought 4 boxes – all frosted.
 
Not long after, I put one in the toaster. It popped up looking un-toasted so I pushed it down to toast again. Then, distracted, when it popped back up the second time, I reached for it without looking and OMG the frosting stuck to my fingers like Gorilla Glue! When I finally got the stuff mostly off, what remained of the frosting stuck to the counter like Gorilla Glue. That frosting is an industrial-grade concoction! Think what it does to your gut!
 
I went to the cold water first, and the ice-cube tray second. I wrapped the burns up, swaddled them so I could sleep the first night. I took pills. In the morning I popped the blisters and coddled my hands. Then I stuffed my over-sized fingers in gloves and resumed my garden work. The burns are still with me several days later – long enough for me to begin to wrap my mind around the experience.
 
For instance, I’m right-handed, but I reached with the pop-tart with my left hand. I must be more ambidextrous than I think!
 
For instance, I didn’t really know how much time I spend with a long-handled tool in my hand, and it’s amazing how much digging I do with my left hand; my left-hand also does all the pulling of weeds, shaking dirt off roots, the heavy-duty twisting and pulling of a gardening life.
 
I now appreciate my left hand.
 
One of the things my left hand has been busy doing is its share of the work getting my J. Iris pots trenched for the winter. I want to post a shout-out to ENSATA GARDENS. This book is a primer in everything ensata (Japanese) iris, and it was free this season with any order over a certain size. I knew I was going to experiment with ensata iris, and I researched on-line and understood what I needed to do to prepare a bed, but this book helped so much. For one thing, I learned about pot culture! As a result, I’m planting 1/2 my J. Iris in the ground, and 1/2 in pots in a trench for the winter. Next spring the trenched pots will be lifted and put into a pool to grow in a couple of inches of water.
 
Then we will see what we will see.

The Japanese Iris
University Press of New England

I very much appreciate this book. I would be remiss, however, not to say that I ordered ensata iris from two sources and both delivered very nice rhizomes. Thank you, AITKENS SALMON CREEK GARDENS and ENSATA GARDENS. The first is located in Washington State, the second in Michigan.
 
Mona L S Baisch
9/15/18

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