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Slice of Life - Growing together

Whenever people are asked to introducesomeone who is well known they always saythe same thing. "Ladies and gentlemen, here'sa person who needs no introduction" andthen they go on to introduce the person anyway.

Whenever people are asked to introducesomeone who is well known they always saythe same thing. "Ladies and gentlemen, here'sa person who needs no introduction" andthen they go on to introduce the person anyway.I would love to be at an event where theMC stands before the microphone, smoothlydelivers the line "Ladies and gentlemen, here'sa person who needs no introduction" andthen abruptly turns away and goes back to herseat without saying the person's name. Thatdoesn't have anything to do with the rest ofthe column; it's just something I was thinkingabout.

But speaking of introductions, I was recentlyintroduced to a couple who needed anintroduction because we had never met beforeand none of us knew who the other was.Well, the couple obviously knew who eachother were, but I had never met them. I soonfound out they were passionate about gardening.Both of them. Together. In fact, they blossomedlike a pair of day lilies while they talkedabout their extensive herb, vegetable andperennial gardens.

"About five years ago Patrick found themost beautiful compact Bailey Viburnum.We planted it at the foot of the bridge webuilt over the pond we dug. You should seehow it transforms itself through the seasons!"

"Sheila just found a spectacular hydrangeacalled Quick Fire," Patrick said, shooting hiswife such a look of admiration that she actuallyblushed. "It's hardy to Zone 3 and goes fromvanilla blossoms in the spring to deepeningshades of pink and red over the summer. Inthe fall it goes a beautiful soft copper colourand stays that way right into the winter. It wasthe perfect plant for filling a hole beside thepathway leading to the trellis we built togetherlast summer."

My eyes darted back and forth from Sheilato Patrick as they continued to talk plants andradiate the joys of their shared gardeningexperiences. While they expressed the deepsorrow they felt at losing a cherished appletree, I overheard Darcy in the corner of theroom sharing his own deep sorrow over thetragic playoff loss of his beloved VancouverCanucks.

"Luongo played great, but all the injuriesdidn't help matters." I heard him telling theothers. "They should never have played Saloafter he ruptured his testicle."

"The hydrangea is lovely," Sheila admitted."But what really catches the eye is theBlue Boy clematis climbing over the trellis.Do you remember when we got it Patrick?"

"Remember! How could I forget? Wewere staying at this lovely B&B and they hada beautiful Blue Boy climbing over the frontgate. The owner saw how much we loved itand she dug us up a piece of the root totake home with us right then and there.Wasn't that generous of her?"

"And blood was just pouring out ofO'Brien's head," Darcy was saying. "Buthe's a tough guy. He was right back outthere the next period."

"We planted 700 bulbs last fall," Sheilasaid. "You should have seen them thisspring!"

"We had crocuses, tulips, daffodils,snowdrops, irises and alliums," Patricksaid.

"And don't forgot hyacinths," Sheilagently reminded him.

"Of course, the hyacinths! What's thematter with me? We planted someHyacinthus orientalis as well as a couplebags of plain old Muscari botryoides."

Last week Darcy told me the petuniaswere looking nice. "I don't have any petunias,"I replied.

"Those purple things," he explained.

"You mean tulips?" I asked.

"Tulips, petunias, what's the difference?They look nice whatever they are."

On the way home I thought a lot aboutPatrick and Sheila and how happy theyseemed.Then I thought about hockey seasonbeing over and our long summer evenings.

"You're awfully quiet," Darcy said."What are you thinking about?"

"Oh, just how we're going to gardentogether and how much you're going to likeit."

"We are! I am?"

To be continued...

Shannon McKinnon is a humour columnistfrom the Peace River country. Read past columnsby visiting shannonmckinnon.com

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