|President Ronald Reagan and some of his staff pictured in the Time Magazine article,|
I'm thinking, as a matter of practicality, when it comes to indoor houseplants being presented as gifts to heads of state, Irish Shamrocks and even Irish Bells would not do because as they are clearly meant to be grown outdoors in the perennial and annual borders of the White House gardens, where say, an American president may not spend a lot of his time. Come to think of it, Swedes are a hardy people living way up there near the Arctic Circle and this plant, attributed to them, has to be just as hardy and long-living. The plant, or at least it's offspring cutting in the magazine picture above, has now graced the Oval Office for almost 50 years.
Once they were potted up, all of these pretty little babies from my Oval Office Swedish Ivy then spent time in the greenhouse until the summer sun and heat forced me to relocate them outside to a semi-shady corner nook at the back of the house. They seemed very happy to spend their "summer session" in the protective shelter of the heat pump.
President Reagan and his staff in 1983 are pictured above in the article, originally published in 1984, at the top of this blog entry. The writer of that article closes by saying that Reagan questioned why Time was so preoccupied with the Swedish Ivy? With all that's going on in the world, then and now, perhaps you think so, too. However, it's nice to know that maybe, just once in a while, no matter what side of the political fence you plant your garden, the important thing is that you plant a garden and let it grow and thrive so, in the end, we all have something as simple as a plant to positively link us together by passing it along...
|My piece of the White House Oval Office perched perfectly on the stairway landing in the front vestibule of my home welcoming visitors!|