Annuals and Thanksgiving.....

March 17, 2018

Annuals and Thanksgiving.....

Have you ever read something that made you wonder if the author was writing with you in mind, like they knew you and wrote this for you?  Well, in the latest edition of Fine Gardening magazine the Editor’s Letter really hit home to me.  On a side note, if you do not currently read this magazine, you are missing out.  Even if you don’t subscribe to it, it’s worth picking up at the store every now and then. 

Anyway, the Editor’s Letter in the recent Fine Gardening is basically about the value of annuals.  I’ve found it very difficult over the years to accurately demonstrate the value of annual plants, tropical plants, or any plant you use outside for one season.  Personally I love annuals, I plant them every spring and compost them every fall.  Steve Aitken, editor of Fine Gardening, so clearly shows the value of annuals and debunks society’s general mindset about annuals.  . 

Have you ever went to buy an annual but then decided against it because you know it’s just going to die in a couple months?  We’ve all done it.  Next time you start thinking this way, just think of Thanksgiving.  That’s right, Thanksgiving, more specifically Thanksgiving dinner.  Every year millions of people spend countless hours planning, preparing, and cooking Thanksgiving dinner, only to have it disappear in less than an hour.  But yet we still have problems planting a tender plant outdoors for just a few months?  Hmmm….. Something just doesn’t add up here. 

This is the thought of Fine Gardening editor Steve Aitken.  Here is a excerpt of the article, but go purchase the magazine to read the rest.  He also has a theory about annuals and rock banks.

A cook enjoys preparing a large meal despite the fact that it is gone in minutes. So we gardeners shouldn’t mind putting a little effort into our plants.”

 




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