I got to garden club around 11:05. The president, J.G., called the meeting to order soon afterwards. I am the new secretary, and took the minutes. I was able to concentrate more on the meeting when I was taking notes. Our afternoon activity had three choices for "Show and Tell." We could bring in a favorite container for flowers, bring in a favorite gardening book or books, or talk about what was a success or failure in the garden this year.
I brought in books. I brought in The Random House Book of Old Roses by Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix, A Southern Garden by Elizabeth Lawrence, The Fragrant Path by Louise Beebe Wilder and The Random House Guide to Roses by Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix. I said that A Southern Garden and The Fragrant Path were classics. I said I had a few dozen rose books, but had picked some of the lighter ones, and brought in The Random House Guide to Roses because it had the picture of a 'Dove' rose that my tattoo is based on. Then everybody wanted to see my tattoo.
I said that I had two versions of The Fragrant Path, a facsimile version of the original, which was published in 1932, and the politically correct version published in the 1990s. I said that the 1990s version took out the parts where Mrs. Wilder talked about the black servants her family had had when she was a child growing up in Baltimore. It also took out the part where she said that a fragrant garden could be appreciated by a passing blind beggar. I could see why those parts had been removed, but I knew that in the U.S. in the late twentieth century, use of language had changed. They also changed the list of fragrant roses, replacing her list with newer roses. The list of fragrant peonies was basically changed into an advertisement for modern-in-the-1990s peonies with big flowers, and didn't say anything about scent.
Other members had vases and books.
After the meeting, I went over to S.M.'s, and took pictures of her Japanese anenomes and other flowers. We worked on the computer for a while.