Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hocus Crocus Alamagocus!

'Gibberish' you ask? Never! You know me better than that. :) The Canadians in the crowd who were kids in the 80's or had kids in the 80's might know this song reference.

There was this kid's television program in Canada called "Today's Special".It was set in a department store in Toronto, where everything took place after the store was closed. The characters were Jodie the night merchandiser, Sam Crenshaw the night watchman, Muffy the Mouse, and Jeff the Mannequin.


Jeff the Mannequin was special...he could come alive at night if one of the other characters put his magic hat on him, and said the magic words "Hocus, pocus, alamagocus!". If his hat accidentally fell off, he was frozen into a mannequin again. And he could never leave the store, which would remove the magic and he'd be a mannequin forever. I always thought he was kinda cute lol.

My brother Kurt hated the show. He's 8 years older than I am, and he always called it 'that stupid show with all the singing', and wouldn't let me watch it when he was around. :)



Hocus pocus makes me think of crocus. I know, I'm a genius. :)

I love crocuses (croci? LOL). I had more last year, I think I rooted around in my garden a little too much and lost some. I wish I had purple ones. The bag promised me purple ones, and they lied to me. I should have bought the bag that promised ALL purple ones. But the yellow and the white crocuses are cheery, so I guess I don't mind!

I'm sorry that I didn't make the area surrounding them clean and pretty. There are an awful lot of dead leaves in the pics I should have cleared out. I'm feeling pretty sick today with a sinus and chest cold, and every time I bend over, my head feels like it's trying to drop my brain out through my nose. Bleah.











They're kind of entwined with the remnants of violas from the fall. I can't wait till it gets warmer out and I can make everything look nice again :)

And I wish the elephant that's standing on my sinuses would kindly remove himself...

14 comments:

Bangchik said...

I like the ways petals are arranged in the flowers; three by three, layer after layer. ~bangchik

Kyna said...

Me too! :) I think the first pic is my favourite for showing that :)

Abe Lincoln said...

There were similar programs down here for kids. Our kids liked to watch Uncle Al and his wife, Windy.

Kyna said...

Hehe, cool! I had to look that one up on Wikipedia, I see that was a show out of Cincinatti. I wonder if my husband has heard of it, he lived in Ohio for awhile...although I think the show was a couple years before his time, he's 48.

Jayne said...

That first pic really does show off the structure of the petals -- very lovely. I haven't seen a crocus in I don't know how long. Probably since I left England and came to Texas in the early 80's. I don't even know if they grow here. I've never seen crocus bulbs for sale. Sorry to hear you've been sick Kyna. Hope you get better soon.

Kyna said...

I said I wouldn't take any of the flowers I can grow for granted, but I guess I've done that with crocuses lol. I'm sorry you can't grow them there, probably not enough chill time, eh? Thanks for the get well wishes. :)

Noelle said...

Don't worry about cleaning around your crocus. That just means that you are a 'real' gardener and not overly concerned with window-dressing. Your crocus are lovely. I hope you feel better soon.

Kyna said...

LOL 'window-dressing' :D What a great way to put it. Thank you for the nice compliment :D

So I suppose plural is 'crocus' after all, like 'deer'. Oh well, I like saying 'crocuses' even if it's improper :D

Gail said...

I keep looking for mine this bizarre winter has set them back a few weeks! I totally understand the need to make the garden look nicer...I hope your weather warms up soon! Gail

Floridagirl said...

Isn't it magical how those plain little bulbs turn into something so lovely each spring? Hope your feeling better soon!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I never did see that show, but when we would visit my grandparents in Canada we would watch the one Alanis Morrisette was on, can't remember the name of it.
Anyway, I think the Crocuses are pretty even if they aren't the purple ones you wanted. I'm still waiting to see flowers on mine.
Hope you feel better soon.

Kyna said...

Gail: Yep, that's just sort of the perfectionist that I am. I see so many pictures of beautifulgardens on here, I feel the need to compete lol.

FG: It is amazing, isn't it? Thank you for the get well wishes. I just made a trip out for some Sudafed. Hope they don't think I'm making a meth lab LOL.

Catherine: I think that would be 'You Can't Do That on Television', where they would dump green slime on your head when you said a certain word lol. Mr. A and I were talking about that show tonight, how it was kind of a rude show for kids at that time lol. I watched it all the time though! As for purple crocuses...I'm just partial to purple. I'd have my whole garden purple if I had my way lol. I just don't think that would look very dynamic, so I err on the side of NO purple LOL. I just need a few more years of gardening practice. :)

Andrea said...

Hi i am new here, just followed your comment. I love that flower on your header. These crocus are very lovely, i saw them for the first time only last May during my visit to Turkey and we had the priviledge to go up the mountain for snowdrops, and yes the crocus. Maybe i might not see them again in this lifetime. BTW i am from the tropics and these flowers dont grow in our climes. thanks.

Kyna said...

Hello, Andrea, nice to meet you! :D

That flower in the header is a mountain columbine. I saw it on a trip to the 'Blue Ridge' North Carolina mountains. That's my husband's hand in the photo, holding the flower. Thank you for your compliments! But I I bet you can grow a lot of things I'd be jealous of :D