[gardeners] Holiday shopping

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 11 Dec 1999 14:29:37 -0600

Miz Anne and I went out yesterday afternoon and pretty much finished our
holiday shopping. Went to the local manufacturer's outlet mall. Bought
the kids and grandkids some clothing at very good prices and she bought
me a "Green Man" plaque to hang in my herb garden (we have been married
so long we pick out our own gifts). Unfortunately she hasn't made up her
mind yet what she wants.

Anyway, while in the outlet mall I wandered, by design, into the
discount book store and poked around for an enjoyable half hour or so.
Scored a revised and updated copy of "Carrots Love Tomatoes" for our
gardening daughter. Every where I've shopped for that book, even on
line, it has been priced at least at $12.95. I got it for $5.00, in
softcover of course. Figured what the hey, bought two copies, one for
the daughter and one for us. The rest of the gardening books we saw were
"coffee table" books with lots of pictures but very little content
otherwise so we moved on. Did find some white denim overalls, Wrangler
brand, for $10.00 a pair so got a couple of pair. I don't wear jeans any
more (if you saw my figure you would understand why - sorta apple
shaped) and the overalls (overhauls around here) do a good job of
holding all my screwdrivers, hammers, etc when I'm working around the
house and then hold trowels, etc when in the garden. In the summer I can
wear them southern white trash style - no shirt, no shoes, and stay cool
in the garden. Miz Anne even has a couple of pair she likes to wear out

We make these excursions rarely, just too much trouble to fight the
traffic getting over to that mall and then wander around until you find
what you want. Lots easier to just stay home and play in the garden
until your clothes wear completely out and then go find some more.

Gardening content: We have chiles (peppers for Allen) ripening in the
greenhouse and the greenhouse tomato, a Yellow Pear, is blooming. The
potted basil in there is growing well too. Of course the stuff left over
from summer that is out in the gardens is still bearing because we
haven't had a hard freeze yet. The couple of light frosts we've had just
seem to have slowed stuff down a little.

Hope all are well and enjoying the season.