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Garden Gnome, anyone?

A few years ago, the Royal Horticultural Society in the UK declared that the banned garden gnome was now allowed to be part of the Chelsea Flower Show.



Tackiness be damned! Garden gnomes for all! 

 Garden gnomes, those funny little white-bearded creatures, 
are associated in England with the landscapes of the not-so-rich and the unfamous.  

According to English gardening maven, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen,
 “Gnomes are very symbolic in English gardens as an anti-class statement."


Born to be Wild Gnome
Anti-class? anti- posh? 
These happy little garden sprites (or small and creepy men, depending on your point of view) are reminders that we are all free to fashion our gardens, our little bits of heaven, in our own way.  

I remember, growing up in Brooklyn, walking by many a 'bathtub Mary' in the chainlink bordered front yards of those lucky enough to have a front yard.  

They would take a cast iron bathtub  (tossed out in favor of newer, lighter ones) and set it vert…

Ode to Spring - by e.e. cummings

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O sweet spontaneous by: e.e. cummings (1894-1962) O sweet spontaneousearth how often havethedotingfingers ofprurient philosophers pinchedandpokedthee, has the naughty thumbof science proddedthybeauty, howoften have religions takenthee upon their scraggy kneessqueezing and

buffeting thee that thou mightest conceivegods(buttrueto the incomparablecouch of death thyrhythmiclover thou answerestthem only withspring)




Cherry Blossom Time - The Tradition of Hanami

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The Tradition of Hanami When I lived in Kyoto, Japan I was lucky to see Hanami in action.  In Japan, the seasonal blooming of cherry trees is celebrated nationally in an event known as hanami(flower-viewing). 
The practice of hanami is centuries old; it began during the 8th century, when it referred to the viewing of the ume, or plum tree.

 But  later hanami was synonymous with 'sakura' - cherry - and the blossoming of the cherry trees was used to predict the next year's harvest.


Hanami was a time to perform rituals marking the start of the planting season. These rituals ended with a feast under the cherry trees, and this persists to today.  

Starting in late March, television weather reporters give the public daily blossom forecasts, tracking the "cherry blossom front" as it progresses from the south to the north. 

Families, coworkers, and friends rely on these to quickly organize hanami parties as the cherry trees begin to bloom locally.



 Parks like Tokyo's famo…