Gardener's Grapevine 2011.12.14

Written by David Green.

It’s Sunday afternoon and here I sit in the living room. Out the window I can see the beautiful birds at my feeders, and across the room is our beautifully two-thirds decorated Frasier fir Christmas tree. It’s two-thirds decorated because my dad’s lab, Buddy, cleans the bulbs on the lower one-third off with his tail. Apparently labs have an inability to control their tails and the ever-present wag.

Kisses, our “labadork” retriever, had to have her tail docked two years ago due to extreme wagging and cutting it open. According to the vet, their tails don’t heal well. This could all be solved if God took the ADD portion of a lab’s personality out of them. They are overly happy animals with an extreme desire to please.

This past week while reading, I encountered a poem by Peggy A. Michik from Rome, New York. It seemed to fit right in with the season, as I seem to write a lot about using the winter months to plan for the coming spring and summer. 

The poem was so nicely written I felt it should be shared. Here’s her poem:

“Now’s the time to visualize, how many rows you’ll sow.

Three or four or maybe more, with thoughts of what to grow.

You can start with seeds of kindness, compassion is a yes,

Love and care, they must be there with no room left to guess.

Start your garden early and tend the chosen ground,

Don’t think twice ’til the weather is nice, let goodness bloom all year round.”

At Christmas everyone thinks of being nice, kind and giving. Doesn’t it seem as that should be all year round? Rudeness is just another way to show someone that you don’t care, and who wants to leave that impression?

When you are doing your Christmas shopping, remember that even a non-gardener usually likes flowers and there are kits available to start herbs and flowers indoors that can later be transplanted outside.

This is even true of the miniature rose bushes they sell in many big box stores. These roses are some of the heartiest available and few things will mess with them, especially Japanese beetles, so it is usually my “go to” if I need a no fuss option somewhere. They are planted in front of my front porch in all different colors and in the summer it is very attractive. Of course, each one has it’s own lavender plant. As I have said in the past for every rose bush, plant a lavender right next to it. You will have the prettiest and healthiest roses in town.

It is so cold today and I noticed when I fed the birds that the ground is frozen hard. So I guess it’s safe to say winter is definitely here for the duration.

Now is the time to trim your trees because they are dormant. That’s just what everyone wants to do in the freezing cold. I pruned our pear tree two years ago in the freezing cold and it was just as big the following year. I dislike cold, so it didn’t get done again.

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