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
***when the neighbors' kids see you gardening by
flashlight, they offer to hold the flashlight so you can garden with both
***you plan your vacations to coincide with garden
***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
***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
***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
***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
***at 16 months she likes to smell *all* the roses in the
rose bed to see how differently they all smell.