Please don’t worry about leaving any Felcos under our tree. You can also distribute all the cool garden hats, clogs, special gloves, and rainbarrels to other deserving gardeners. I am not even going to ask for any of the awesome English gardening tools Amy demonstrated during our cocktail hour.
This is what I would like—you’re going to need some help from Mother Nature and maybe some other special friends for a lot of this:
-All of my 700-plus bulbs to bloom, including all the species tulips in front, the bright red eremurus I planted in the Welcome to Allentown garden, the hybrid tulips I planted in big groups, and especially the forced hyacinths I will be giving as holiday gifts this year. It is particularly embarrassing when these don’t bloom, as the recipients will invariably ask me what they did wrong, which just makes me feel worse.
-I would like one—just one—of the Norway maples in front of my house to either be taken down by the city or maybe just falter enough so it loses many of its branches and stops growing roots. I don’t it’s is possible but maybe you have a trick for this.
-Speaking of the community gardens, I would like the neighbors who are supposed to water the big concrete planters to actually do so.
-I would like the compromise plan currently being discussed by the Erie County Legislature to work, so that the Botanical Gardens, as well as the arts organizations and libraries, will receive the tiny pittance that nonetheless they will transform into enough fiscal salvation to provide service to the many citizens who rely on them.
-It would be great also if Buffalo urban farmers received more encouragement and less obstruction when they continue growing the vacant lots on the East Side.
-If my husband does go ahead with the vegetable garden, please let there be a decent crop. I can deal with gardening failure; he can't.
-Finally, I would like all businesses associated with gardening to flourish in the coming year. As for the gardening press, I would like it to survive. As a magazine editor, I still feel (unsurprisingly) that print is important.