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Gus the Garden Gnome

Gus the Garden Gnome

My two sons-in-law have been repeatedly coerced by their wives to sit through an annual Christmas tradition, the watching of The Little Troll Prince. The movie, a 1987 animated Christmas television special produced by Hanna-Barbera is a classic in many households though I believe sales and distribution have ended. I won’t spoil the plot, but […]

Look at those beans!

Look at those beans!

My morning Bible reading included a portion of the book written by Amos, a shepherd and grower of sycamore figs. It seemed appropriate that his writing would include references to the challenges of farming. He described the perils of sparse rainfall, scorching winds, invading insects and mold that ruined the crop. Amos appealed to the […]

The Forgetful Gardener

The Forgetful Gardener

As I knelt in the February mud and pulled leaves and pine needles from a garden bed my neighbor stopped to check that I was OK. I’m not sure how long he had watched me, but he picked up on the fact that I was searching for something. Now, do I admit the truth? I […]

When Blackberry Lily Came to My Garden

When Blackberry Lily Came to My Garden

The offer was one no gardener could refuse. “Would you like some seeds of a plant that came from Thomas Jefferson’s garden at Monticello?” I’d visited there and thoroughly enjoyed viewing the plantings that Jefferson started way back when. In the gift shop, which I don’t think Jefferson designed, I found a copy of Thomas […]