December 30th, 2013
A good way to end any year is to take some time and think back over some of the pleasant memories of the previous 12 months.
A lot happens in 12 months, although to me, that time zips by about as fast now as 12 days.
It seems like just last year that we were going through all of that “Y2K” stuff.
As you might imagine, most of my pleasant memories any year involve plants and gardens.
But this was a particularly striking year because my wife, Sue, and I went on several long trips.
We saw some amazingly impressive sights. I thought I’d share five of my favorites with you this week.
We started the year with an actual vacation – a cruise that hopped from island to island in the Caribbean.
Most every island has at least one public garden (which we usually made it a point to see). But really, the natural plant life is so lush that the islands themselves are gardens to my eye.
I like the eye-level color of bougainvilleas about as well as anything, but it’s also cool to see tropicals in their actual setting, doing their actual thing, such as pineapples growing in a field like our corn rows, pothos growing as a shady groundcover and poinsettias growing as 12-foot trees.
The picture that’s most etched in my mind is a shot I took from a train of a Caribbean gardener working in the field.
It was on St. Kitts, and this fellow was all by himself in a large, open area with a mountain and blue skies behind. He looked to be pulling carrots.
It just seemed so peaceful and simple… and so unlike how I spend so many of my days.