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The Second Botanical Event: Grandma’s Tulips

Tulip6423 Left: This year's tulip crop. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

In my May 4 post I mentioned that there are three botanical events in my year. The second one happened Thursday: Grandma McKenney's tulips bloomed.

I'm not a gardener. I used to be a vegetable gardener, and a rather good one at that (employing companion planting techniques to keep down insects and generate larger healthier produce), but maturing trees (which blocked the sun) and the incident of the Brussel Sprouts plant from the Planet Zoltron, pretty much put me off gardening. That and spending so much time working with the dogs. (I have to be honest, I prefer tracking with a dog to gardening any day—I can stop on the way back at the farmer's market!)

There is one thing I never was, and that's a planter of flowers. I don't much like flowers (which is odd because I spent so many years teaching botanical illustration). I think they are beautiful of course. And I enjoy sketching them, but I don't want to grow them. I think it goes back to having too many things to take care of, too many living things.

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