Ron Kujawski's granson Liam at age three.

Gardener’s Checklist: Week of December 24, 2020

From the mouths of babes...wise advice from Ron's little grandson.

There is so much to write about, e.g., effects of weather instability on plants in the landscape, care of holiday plants, selecting seeds and plants for the new growing season. However, this is the one time of the year when I move gardening, albeit briefly, to the backburner so that I might focus all of my time and attention on family and friends. It is a time to reflect on what is most important.

In that vein, I still recall a poignant moment of this holiday season that occurred fourteen years ago. Our three-and-a-half-year-old grandson, Liam, was playing Santa Claus. Donning a Santa hat and carrying a sack (pillow case) filled with Christmas presents (foam blocks), he proceeded to hand out a block….uh, Christmas present…. to each person in the room. When asked why he gave only one present, he replied “You don’t need a lot of stuff to be happy.”

Have a happy holiday and a very Merry Christmas!