Yes, they’re free, and yes, there’s a catch. Barry Glick and the staff at Sunshine Farm and Gardens breed hellebores, the fanciest fancy-pants hellebores you ever saw. And before they can sell them, they have to name them. Just to make things interesting, they have an ongoing Hellebore Naming Contest. You look over the candidates, and submit what you think is an appropriate name of no more than two words. If they decide to market that hellebore, and if they use your name, they will send you a free 4-inch pot of the hellebore you named. Such a deal. All right: yet another way to waste time on the internet. But it might yield you a free plant.
In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.
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