Thou shalt not covet, I

The end of a growing season is like the end of a love affair; always tinged with some shade of regret. My ongoing regret is usually centred on trees. The ones I don’t have. The ones I can’t have. The ones I may never have.

All the trees I love need the same prescription: deep, moist, loamy soil. Deep, moist, loamy soil (DMLS, shall we call it?). This is to gardens what having a Warren Buffet-sized portfolio is to investors: Something we, here on the sand bank, can only dream about.

To whit: Cornus florida, the flowering dogwood, which I remember gnashing my teeth once on seeing Marjorie Harris write about how easy a flowering dogwood is to care for.

Sure, it’s easy. If you have DMLS: like it’s easy for Warren Buffet to donate a few billions to charity. But unless you can give it what it needs, you might as well throw the $150 it would cost for the dogwood into the compost heap.

Our father used to joke about a line he saw on a gardening show: “Judy and Phil want to plant a flowering dogwood. I told them, ‘Over my dead body.’

Canada Blooms used the elusive object of desire as their icon for 2007. Typical. More about Canada Blooms Effect in a later post.

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