Saturday, March 7, 2009

Gardening songs-- Hearts A Bustin

I have been thinking about how to share some of my favorite music via youtube or later perhaps some other vehicle. The desire is to share gardening themed songs. The first one is one of my husband's favorites. It is a shrub that we will plant in the future. There is no video with this audio link but the song is so sweet. Here is the picture of the Hearts A Bustin' Euonymus americanus courtesy Flickr photo sharing



and here is the song.... Hearts A Bustin' written by Billy Joe Shaver, performed by Jimmie Dale Gilmore

19 comments:

  1. Reminds me of vintage Hank Williams. Thanks for sharing your music. It sure goes well with the Hearts a bustin plant.

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  2. Hi Tina, glad you liked it. It is pure Texas twang! Billy Joe Shaver is a great county song writer...this was done at his 65th birthday tribute.

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  3. What a sweet song about a plant I've never heard of or seen. Has an interesting bloom. :)

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  4. You know, this plant has been on my wish list for many years but it must not grow well here. I've never been able to find it at local nurseries. Clever post, Janet!

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  5. Racquel, glad you liked the song. We have the euonymus around here...one year we had it for sale at the Learning Garden plant sale. Think many weren't aware of what we had.
    Grace, glad you like this euonymus and the post. It was fun to do.

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  6. Just last night after Billy's show at Dosey Doe in the Woodlands, I had mentioned to him my preference toward his "pretty lovesongs" and had used this as an example of the type I meant. I had only heard it on a Billy Joe album and had erroneously assumed it to be about bleeding hearts, not knowing this plant which is so appropriately named Hearts a Bustin because it resembles hearts bursting emphatically. It reminds of the beauty bush which has clusters of lavender berries and a similar leaf. This is the first time I have heard Jimmy Dale Gilmore sing, but his presentation of it as a tribute to Billy's loving passion for Brenda and the clarity of his voice and emotion made it special, even though I never thought I would like anyone else's version nearly as much as Billy's. What a great sight and sound to start the day. Thank you

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  7. Vina, I truly think it was serendipity that I posted this song and that you found it this morning. How thrilling it must have been to see Billy Joe last night. He is such a great songwriter. While I can't promise more Texas songwriters as this is primarily a gardening blog, I would like you to come back and visit.
    My husband and I are getting the new Flatlanders CD ...due out soon.

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  8. Hi Janet, thanks for sharing that. I have the plant that came over on the boat rather than the native, Euonymous europeana, passalong from my neighbor. I thought it was the E. americana until I saw that plant at Gail's of Clay and Limestone and it was different. Big Hank Williams Sr. fan here too, Tina. :-)
    Frances

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  9. Frances, I just Googled the euonymus europeana and it is very similar. Another common name for the euonymus americanus is the Strawberry Bush. Yours being smooth gives it a different appearance. It looks like a nice display when the pod pops open.

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  10. Hi! This is one of my favorite shrubs...I have it in a place of honor in my Cedar Glady bed...You won't be sorry to have it in your garden! gail

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  11. I have never seen the plant or even heard of it. Now I will have to see if it is available in SW Ohio.

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  12. Martin, thanks again.
    Gail, natives are the way to go! At least with some of the plants one uses in their landscape.
    Abe, I think it may be ok in your area. If you go to Woodlanders website SOON they have some for sale.
    Sad note -Woodlanders is going out of business.

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  13. Lisa, Yes it is a beautiful photo. It was done by Martin LaBar who lives in your area I believe.

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  14. Hearts a Bustin grows wild on my farm and I am definitely a fan. I love it -- the fruits are so colorful.

    Its only downside is that deer love it.

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  15. Sweet bay, it is a pretty shrub. I guess the deer need to eat something...better a native growing in multiple places than your prized roses or something.

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  16. I hadn't heard that song but the hearts do look bustin. While listening....I did remind myself that you can take people out of Texas but you can't Texas out of people. You are guilty of that. Of course, I'm guilty of being bluegrass through and through. I'll have to go find my favorite bluegrass piece.

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  17. Anna, You are too funny!! though..I do love Texas music! Especially songwriters. And I like bluegrass too....comes from living all over the place.

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