A recent session with my garden therapist. Dr. Hortfreud. Hello Carol. Hi Dr. Hortfreud. It's been quite a while since our last session, Carol. Looking at my notes it was almost exactly two years ago. At the time, you were concerned because you had purchased expensive pants just for gardening. Oh, those pants? Well, yes, I did buy some expensive pants for gardening. But I still have them and still wear them for gardening so I guess they were a good investment after all. Surely you … [Read more...] about Dr. Hortfreud Returns!
"You summoned me, Carol?" "Yes, Dr. Hortfreud, I did." "What's going on that you need me now, Carol?" "Well, Dr. Hortfreud, I think I've crossed a line." "Crossed a line? What do you mean by that, Carol?" "I bought pants for gardening." "Oh, is that all? You've already bought at least four pairs of shoes just for gardening and another pair for mowing. And look at all the crocuses you planted. They sure are pretty. And I saw that new hand hoe in the garage, too. How many hoes do you have … [Read more...] about I Might Have Crossed a Line
It would make a great Jeopardy game show clue. "The Man Who Grew Vegetable Marrows". The answer: "Who is Hercule Poirot?" We might also accept the answer, "What is the title of Chapter 3 of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie?" I've been watching "Poirot" on Netflix for several weeks and finally in season 7, episode 1, in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, the famous Belgian detective from countless Agatha Christie mysteries had just retired to a village called King's Abbott and … [Read more...] about The Man Who Grew Vegetable Marrows
Hello Dr. Hortfreud. Hello, Carol. How are you and did you want to talk about the iris that is re-blooming that never re-bloomed before? No, Dr. Hortfreud, I want to talk about mowing. Again? Yes, again, though I don't think we've talked about it that much. It's your time, so proceed. What about mowing? Well, Dr. Hortfreud, I think up my best ideas when I'm mowing and I'm concerned that once this season is over, I won't have any more ideas until next spring. I was thinking about … [Read more...] about Mowing – A Session with Dr. Hortfreud
The great Dr. Hortfreud has been studying gardeners, or at least one particular gardener, for years. She has observed that this gardener, and presumably many other gardeners, are prone to a number of maladies. Four of the most common maladies of gardeners as observed by Dr. Hortfreud include: Plant Lust. Gardeners are likely to come down with a bad case of plant lust any time they enter the garden of another gardener and see a lovely plant they do not have. Symptoms include … [Read more...] about Maladies of Gardeners
Ah yes, the blooms of early spring. It's time for them to appear, now that it's March 1st. In this first picture, the snowdrops are making their appearance, but it is under the cover of snow. They are like little nodding bells, ringing in the spring, though currently, with the March 1st snowfall, their nodding bells have been nearly silenced, perhaps even crushed. Only the most well-trained gardener's ear can hear them now. I can hear them, can you? In this next picture, we see where … [Read more...] about March 1st – Spring Flowers and Dr. Hortfreud