For almost 70 years, my passion has been flower gardening. Due to the health problems I’ve endured the last couple of years, I haven’t been able to do any gardening and I’ve really missed it. A few weeks ago I was surfing online, checking out the offerings of many of the flower nurseries I follow. I noticed that daylilies were offered at a really good price at Gurney’s Seed and Nursery Co. I gave in to temptation and ordered some.
To the surprise of my daughter and son-in-law, who’ve been helping me with my mobility for the last 2 years, I was able to get outside and DIG a flower bed in preparation for the arrival of my daylily bulbs. I recall an expression my wife Phyllis often said: “You can do anything you put your mind to!” Well, I proved that last week as I dug by hand a garden area that was 20 feet long and 4 feet wide. Since I’m not very steady on my feet and my knees are weak, I sat on the seat of my walker and drove my “sharp-shooter” into the ground. But I was able to stand long enough to spread the freshly cultivated earth with my rake and smooth out my garden area.
Shortly after I’d prepared my garden area, I received this email from Gurney’s: “Thank you for your recent order of LILY GRAB BAG. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel your order for this grab bag. We apologize for the inconvenience, but the product we received from suppliers did not meet our quality standards and therefore we could not ship it. You will not be charged for your grab bag order.”
This was my reply to them: “Thank you so much for being honest about your quality standards. It reassures my opinion of GURNEYS. I have held you folks in esteem clear back from when you were the sponsor for Lawrence Welk playing on the radio. In fact years ago I visited his museum in California which had a mock up of the original GURNEY Radio Studio on WNAX, in Yankton, South Dakota. I also have fond memories when George B. German broadcast from Yankton radio. I still treasure my memory of him singing the song "Little Old Rag Doll". I am now age 88, which gives you an idea of the time frame.”
My daughter Becky knew I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be getting the daylilies I’d ordered, so she offered to take me to Brady’s, our local nursery, to shop for some flowers to plant in my big flower bed.
I’ve started my planting, and oh! what a chore. But I’m really enjoying it. We had a good rain last night so I’m taking today off while the ground dries out a little. But I’ll be back outside in my garden tomorrow!
I’m proud that I’m still able, as I approach my 89th birthday in another month, to get outside and enjoy my favorite activity…getting my hands in that soil! I’ll show you pictures of my garden when it’s finally in full bloom!