The Hapless Gardener's Glossary of Terms
A Favorite of Birds: Don't plant near cars, sidewalks, or clotheslines.
Backyard Habitat: A dandy excuse to sip a daiquiri instead of trimming the hedges.
Bird Feeder: A quaint, often elaborate structure designed to add fiber to the diet of squirrels.
Bog Garden: The result of going on vacation without turning off the sprinkler.
Bulb: Potential flower buried in fall, never to be seen again.
Double Digging: An evil concept whereby you dig a large area with a shovel, and when you are finished you do it again.
Garden Catalog: A well-illustrated work of fiction.
Grass: A plant found in flower gardens that needs little or no care.
Hoe: A garden tool calibrated so precisely that when stepped upon its handle rises swiftly up to mouth level, causing the gardener to say "Hoeeee!"
Hoeing: A manual
method of severing roots from stems of newly planted flowers and vegetables.
Perennial: A plant that would have come back year after year if it had survived.
Pop-Up Sprinkler Head A sprinkler head that retracts below ground level when it is not operating. Pop-up sprinklers which stick in the raised position are known as "lawn mower food".
Seed Packet: An expensive envelope with a pretty picture containing 99.9% air.
Vigorous Grower: A plant with a demented compulsion to take over the neighborhood.
Invasive weeds with sexy names.
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