Into the Garden
Published on May 28, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, my colleague Margaret Hartley writes about how gardening is still a few weeks away in her weekly column Greenpoint.

Here's an excerpt:

"Riding up an elevator at Albany Med last week, I noticed my traveling companion had a jar full of garden flowers.

'Where do you live?' I asked her. 'Nothing is blooming up my way.'

That’s not exactly true. The daffodils are done and the lilacs and flowering crab apples are blooming. But lilacs are a little overpowering for a hospital room, and the crabs are at my neighbor’s house. My elevator companion was from Guilderland, and her bouquet was mostly flowering herbs, purple chive flowers and wild tarragon.

The chives in my garden are still in bud, but I picked some anyway last weekend, to dress out a tiny bouquet of purple catmint and the two last daffodils. I put them all in a little creamer for my dad, who is laid up with some broken ribs. I was hoping the chives would open before the daffodils faded, but the daffodils went first.

I’ve got bleeding hearts, pink and white, just starting to blossom in the garden in front of the house, and lots of irises getting ready to bud. I wish I had more flowers to bring to my dad, but I wish more that he’d get out of the hospital before everything is in bloom up north where I live."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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