Don Bolin emailed today to inform me of An Iowa Garden, his not-quite-two-week-old gardening blog. He claims he started it “mainly to use my new digital camera,” and he takes some pretty good pictures. His very first post is an awesome photo of a snowdrop, one of the most dramatic I’ve ever seen. (Yeah, he’s got snowdrops blooming. Sigh.) But he’s obviously quite passionate about gardening, and can be pretty funny, too. Guaranteed to relieve boredom!
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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