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The Five Essentials

As one gets older (and I am 56 years in this world) you start to wonder what your purpose is on this planet. The usual reaction is to reflect back on your accomplishments and come to the realization that most … Continue reading

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My Brother Has a Pair of Those

The Garden That Grows Memories “Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.”                Jean de Boufflers (1738-1815) I was touring a friend’s garden the other day and in the process, learned what we really grow when we care … Continue reading

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The United Nations of Gardening

THE THINGS THAT BIND US “Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” May Sarton (1912-1995) Surprisingly enough, this whole … Continue reading

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Plants like People

MY BOTANICAL MEMORY SYSTEM “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.”                                        Confucius (551-479 AD) You are looking at one … Continue reading

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It’s Not Dead ’til It’s Dead

MEN AND GARDENING “They say that I’m stubborn, and my wife says that, too, but it’s paid off so far.”                                Sugar Ray Leonard (1956-Present) I recently had a regular customer come in and make a rather unusual request. She wanted … Continue reading

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Excuse Me Young Man…But That’s An Oxlip

HUMILITY “The learn’d is happy to explore, The fool is happy that he knows no more.”                                          Alexander Pope (1688-1744) Middle age … Continue reading

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Crime and Punishment

SHARING “Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools…”                               Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895) I would like to begin by stating emphatically that it wasn’t really my fault. Anyone who would plant an unfenced Bartlett pear tree just ten … Continue reading

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