Sunday, August 12, 2012

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A Dry Sense of Humor (and a Giveaway)

Chocolate Chip ajuga melting

It's official. Last month was the hottest July on record nationwide. It wasn't much better here in Chicago but at least we've recently gotten some rain and more moderate temperatures.

Of course the rain hasn't been enough to break the drought. And I'm still expecting those 90-degree days to return. After all, it is still August.

At this point, I could really use a good laugh.

I initially had trouble coming up with any garden-related jokes.  I finally remembered these from when I was a kid:

Why did the tomato turn red? Because it saw the salad dressing.

What runs but never tires? Water.

I recalled the last one when watering my garden one morning for what seems like the umpteenth time this summer. I also stumbled across a couple of new ones when doing some (ahem) research for this article.

What do you call it when worms take over the world?  Global worming.

New gardeners learn by trowel and error.

What gets bigger the more you take away? A hole.

The only new one I've managed to come up with is at the top. All kidding aside, there must be some drought-related garden jokes out there. You know, gallows humor -- garden style.

So to help spark some gardening wit, I'm giving away a DeWit crown trowel and a dibbler. As you can see, the trowel looks a lot like a tulip. Both of these babies are top of the line and carry lifetime warranties. They should be great for planting bulbs this fall or at least dreaming about a new beginning next spring.

I'm also throwing in a copy of the Timber Press Pocket Guide to Bulbs by John Bryan.

You only need to comment below for a chance to win, but garden-related jokes, rhymes, riddles, etc. are appreciated.  No dirty jokes, although jokes about dirt/soil are allowed.

The deadline is midnight August 19, 2012, with the winner chosen at random. One entry per person please. Employees of Chalet Nursery and their immediate families are not eligible to win.  Void where prohibited by law.

I’d especially like someone to complete this joke: “Two slugs walk into a bar…..”

By Karen Geisler


  1. Ha--you had me giggling out loud with those jokes, and salivating with the chocolate at the beginning. Good luck with the contest. :)

  2. Okay, here goes another joke: Everyone has these on their face? Tulips


    Audrey L.

  3. Hey, could be worse! In Oklahoma we're thrilled to have 90's, 'cuz we've had so many days over 100! Okay, here's my favorite: What is small, red, and whispers? A hoarse radish. Love your blog!

  4. I think, therefore I Yam.

    (I think this comes from Scott Adams.)

  5. Nice job Karen here gos's.

    The philosopher who said that work well done never needs doing over
    never weeded a garden.


  6. Oh I am bad at jokes but I love these and a dry sense of humor.

  7. Whether the weather be cold
    Or whether the weather be hot
    Whatever the weather
    We'll weather the weather
    Whether we like it or not!

    Eileen and Lynne

  8. Karen, I laughed at the opening photo and I am now racking my brains to complete:

    Two slugs walk into a bar. One slug says to the other slug, "You call this a bar? I call this a beer trap."


  9. These are great! Keep 'em coming!!!!

  10. There once was a vain slug named Doug
    Who feared that his mug was a pug
    So he went for a beer
    At a bar that was near
    And drowned his sorrows with a glug

  11. Two slugs walk into a bar and chew each other out! Great funnies Karen.

    I have Chocolate Chip Ajuga and mine doesn't make chocolate like yours


    1. It's a very special variety ;) I'm putting it next to Heuchera 'Caramel' in hopes I get a candy bar plant.