Winter, the best season

Winter is the best season to be a gardener. That may sound strange coming from someone stuck in the midst of a northern Ohio winter. However, I am a lazy gardener. I prefer nothing more arduous than sitting on the deck and sipping wine. A fine spring day or a long summer evening would seem the best time for that, but the realities of the garden do not allow it. There is always an errant branch to cut back, a weed to pull, a plant to deadhead or an inquisitive rabbit to shoo from the lettuce patch. Contemplating on the tasks to be done impinges on the enjoyment of the wine.
In winter there is none of that. The leaves that I did not get to last fall are covered by the snow, projects not completed or started are forgotten. From my chair in the sunroom near the small heater I can look out across the yard and plan new projects, leaf through seed and nursery catalogs, read garden books, and enjoy the wine in quiet contemplation of the coming year



The Last Walk of Spring

“Let’s go for a walk.”

I step off the deck. She follows. 

By the time we reach the rear of the yard the breeze has become a wind.  The willow and the grasses bow and twist with each gust. Lil’ Girl, our cat, squats on the path. She watches the leaves swirl around her. It starts as a mist. The drops grow. I head for the cover of the maple. She follows.

The sun has set far to the north, the solstice has arrived. The raindrops plunk the leaves above. The wind picks up, it is constant now. The maple provides scant protection this evening. I lean against the trunk, Lil’ Girl is under the bench. We wait. The wind calms a bit, the rain lessens, as if the storm is catching its breath. Lil’ Girl leaps from her spot and races in a large curve to the deck. I follow.

Mike Smith Day

On Belmont Day, Mike Smith and Bob Baffert teamed up to win four stakes victories.

West Coast won the Easy Goer Stakes, Abel Tasman the Acorn, American Anthem took the Woody Stephan’s, and Mor Spirit won the Met Mile. Smith said the he wanted to win the Met Mile for Holy Bull, who passed away at 26 this past week. After a disappointing Derby in 1994, Smith guided “the Bull” to a victory in the Met Mile that started a string of late season victories and a Horse of the Year award. Smith won the 2005 Derby on Giacomo (50 to 1) a son of Holy Bull

Darnley Stud ad for Holy Bull

Mike Smith and “The Bull”

Oh yeah, just for good measure Smith also won on Songbird for victory total of 5 on the day!