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Re: Anyone out there a "gardening addict"?

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Anyone out there a "gardening addict"?
  • From: "Sharon Gordon" <gordonse@one.net>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2004 08:25:44 -0500

You know you're a garden aficianado when
***you are as happy to see garden catalogs as holiday cards in December.
***when visiting friends, you ask to go with them to their ethnic markets and local farmers' markets in order to find new fruits and vegetables to collect seeds from.
***your kids ask Santa for seed packets for their stocking.  And it's a toss up as to whether they would rather have a new toy or get to pick out a bunch of new plants at the garden center.
***the neighbors' kids pop up at the garden to see if there is anything they can plant, weed, or pick.
***you give a beautiful vase and garden catalog gift certificates to likeminded friends for wedding gifts.
***you can be seen out gardening by flashlight.
***when the neighbors' kids see you gardening by flashlight, they offer to hold  the flashlight so you can garden with both hands.
***you plan your vacations to coincide with garden conferences.
***you have a hard time deciding whether to use your book store gift card for the new Harry Potter book or the new gardening book you've been wanting.
***the kids will call out the names of new plants they see while you are driving...sometimes with their latin names.
How you can spot garden aficianados at an early age
***at six months, before she can crawl, the neighbor's daughter will point to your flower beds, so that her Dad will carry her to them, and hold her over the flowers. 
***at 14 months when she's wanting to learn the words for *everything* she falls in loves with the coreopsis and calls them coreops.  She, however, gives the toddler-look-of-pained-dispair and walks off when she discovers that the poofy plant she likes to fluff and pet is called arborvitae.
***at 16 months she likes to be held up to the window boxes so she can point and say pah-tunnnnne-YAH and search for the praying mantises who live there among the petunias, geraniums, and the lamium.
***at 16 months she likes to smell *all* the roses in the rose bed to see how differently they all smell.

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