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Re: Fw: Ode to the Catalogs


Well, I'm jealous too.  I may not buy much myself this year, but at least I
can spend their money for them.  Part of the process is steering others
toward better choices and coming up with ideas that the Hort Ed might like
for the grounds.
Kitty
neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "A A HODGES" <hodgesaa@earthlink.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 10:38 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Fw: Ode to the Catalogs


> I'm jealous.....
> A
>
>
> > [Original Message]
> > From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Date: 2/22/2005 9:32:28 PM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Fw: Ode to the Catalogs
> >
> > Oh, Marge!  That is terrific - and so timely.  I just spent the last 4
> days
> > coordinating wish lists into catalog orders for our display gardens.
I've
> > finshed writing everything up and I will hand in the stack of orders for
> 30
> > companies to the tune of about $3500.00 tomorrow morning.  Believe me,
> there
> > was a lot of juggling and rewriting involved to find the best way to buy
> > everything.  I'm going to put a copy of your poem on the top of the
stack.
> >
> > Kitty
> > neIN, Z5
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 7:27 PM
> > Subject: [CHAT] Fw: Ode to the Catalogs
> >
> >
> > > Hi Gang, found this deep in my overloaded inbox from someone on
> > > Trillium list - thought 'How True, How True'...thought some of
> > > you-all might agree:-)
> > >
> > > Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> > > mtalt@hort.net
> > > Editor:  Gardening in Shade
> > > Shadyside Garden Designs
> > >
> > > ===================
> > >
> > >         "Ordering from the Catalogs"
> > > My caution goes numb when the catalogs come,
> > > No way will it end for the good.
> > > Cold winter without, but the spring pages shout,
> > > "You better buy more than you should."
> > >
> > > Some flowers, some seed:  I just check what I need.
> > > The total?  Five hundred and ten!
> > > A terrible blow, so back I must go.
> > > The list must be pruned some and then...
> > >
> > > It's still way too high.  I almost can cry.
> > > The visions of glory are fading,
> > > Cross out and erase.  A perennial case
> > > of not enough cash.  How degrading.
> > >
> > > The list now is brief after pain and much grief.
> > > The numbers, though, still wreck my budget.
> > > Much more must be cut.  I economize, but
> > > The truth...well, I'm going to fudge it.
> > >
> > > For I cannot say no to the flowers that glow
> > > On the page and then after, the garden.
> > > So what if I blunder?  The balance goes under.
> > > I'll look to the bank for a pardon.
> > >
> > > All shame be to them if their view is so grim
> > > That money they count more than beauty.
> > > As for me, I must grow every flower I know,
> > > For that, I believe, is my duty.
> > >
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