Lo­cal Dirt

Ontario Gardener Magazine - - CONTENTS - Ta­nia

Dear Read­ers,

One of the things l love about gar­den­ing are the sur­prises. Last year I planted sev­eral daylilies, and while I didn’t ex­pect to see them flower last sum­mer, one did and I rel­ished in the beauty of that fleet­ing bloom. Dropped seeds also sprouted and grew; bril­liant yel­low snap­drag­ons pushed their way through the rocks in front of my porch, a tomatillo from last year popped up in my veg­etable gar­den, and for­get me nots I was sure had died off sev­eral years ago, ap­peared and flour­ished in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent gar­den from where they were once planted.

Ev­ery year it’s the same, some plants for what­ever rea­son, don’t thrive or dis­ap­point us; they serve as ex­cel­lent teach­ers and pro­vide us with lessons for the years to come. But oth­ers, against all odds, make it. They are the ones that make you smile at their for­ti­tude, so I say let them stay.

When Dorothy asked me to take over as pub­lisher, it was a sur­prise. The Gar­dener pub­li­ca­tions are syn­ony­mous with Dorothy Dob­bie, I was just a lit­tle seed that had the good for­tune to blow into the Pe­ga­sus Pub­li­ca­tions fam­ily. Dorothy saw my love of gar­den­ing, let me set some roots down and is now giv­ing me the space to grow, and for that I am thank­ful.

I am look­ing forward to the ex­cit­ing year we have planned for 2016; I prom­ise lots of de­light­ful sur­prises. Please write or email, send in your pho­tos and com­ments, good or bad, and don’t de­spair be­cause Dorothy is not aban­don­ing us, she will still be writ­ing and work­ing with me, and an­swer­ing your ques­tions as well.

En­joy our “Dream­ing” is­sue. I hope it in­spires you and pro­vides you with ideas that you can im­ple­ment in your home or gar­den this year.

Cheers,

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