We Dig Chemainus                                                   December  2018

Time for the Chemainus Communities in Bloom folk to kick back and rest those aching muscles, happy, knowing that it was a job well done …..0ver 2,000 daffodil and narcissus bulbs in the ground was the last task!  … and looking forward to the dream for 2019

We close out the year with an old favorite….

                          A Gardener’s Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the yard,

Not a plant was left standing, the ground was all hard.
The tools were all hung in the garage with care,
A well deserved rest, now the garden was bare.

The bulbs were all nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of springtime danced in their heads.
I, in my Snuggie, my husband and cat
Had just settled in for a long winter’s chat.

When out in the hydrangeas there arose such a clatter,
I dropped my seed catalogue to see what was the matter.
Away to the front door I quickly dashed,
Half expecting to find my yard had been trashed!

When I opened the door, it was suddenly clear,
There was a sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old gardener so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More quickly than crabgrass his coursers they came
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name.

Now Holly!  Now Ivy! Now Daisy and Rue!
On Rose, On Petunia, Fern and Lily, too!
To the top of the trellis! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!

So up to the housetop the reindeer they flew
With a sleigh full of gifts and St. Nicholas, too.

I closed the front door and was turning around
When he slid down the chimney, hitting the ground.
He was dressed all in red, with Wellies on his feet,
The poinsettia on his cap, made him look really neat.

He stood up quite quickly and went straight to his work
With a composter for Cathy, a Dutch weeder for Dirk.

There were Asters for Ann, a pine tree for Paul
And a garden design book for use by us all.
Next came a rain barrel. This was for Rob.
And finally, for me, a ginkgo key fob.

Then laying a trowel aside of his nose
And giving a nod up the chimney he rose.
He ran to his sleigh and gave a quick whistle
And away they all flew like the seeds of globe thistle.

But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight
Merry Christmas all gardeners, and to all a good night!

                                                by Karen Geisler

Chemainus Communities in Bloom next meet on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019, 7p.m. at Steeples.

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