July 20, 2017

Garden Carol – December 2003

First published in the Bangor Daily News in December 2003It didn’t even have a name, just Garden Carol

Editor’s Note: Janine Pineo urges you to gather the family, pour some eggnog and sing this yuletide carol to the tune of “Jingle Bells.”

Snow on pine - Garden Carol 2003 - Garden Maine

Janine Pineo Photo - Snow on pine - Garden Carol 2003

Dashing through the store,
A gardener on your mind,
O’er the aisles you roam,
Anxious to decide.
Norway spruce and pine
Make festive yule displays;
You spot an amaryllis bulb
And scurry off to pay!
Oh …

Fir trees smell, holly sells,
Poinsettias make the grade;
What fun it is to hang that wreath
And brighten your holiday – ay!
Books are swell: Experts tell
What’s best to sow in May.
When it’s time to dig that sod
You’ll wish you’d bought a spade.

A day or so before,
You thought you had a plan;
You’ve trudged through scores of stores
And now you’re feeling wan.
Forty pounds of dirt
Is awfully hard to wrap,
But how about a garden cart
So you won’t hurt your back?
Oh …

Fir trees smell, holly sells;
Poinsettias: Mist or spray?
What fun it is to trim that wreath
And brighten your holiday – ay!
Bug sprays quell, wind chimes tell
When black flies will not prey.
Worms are great for composting;
Don’t throw those scraps away.

Concrete frogs are great
‘Less you drop ’em on your feet.
Clippers, hose and rake:
Your shopping’s incomplete.
Paperwhites aside,
Fresh flowers are the rage.
But if it’s for me, a spending spree
On seeds will make my day!
Oh …

Peat plugs swell, coral bells:
Heuchera, in Latin, they say.
Someday soon the snow will stop
Then your gift will truly pay – ay!
Fir trees smell, holly sells,
Poinsettias are the way
To add some life to winter’s white.
Have a joyous holiday!