While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." He asked Tom, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?" Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?" The rest of the story is not pleasant. —Author unknown

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Getting amaryllis to bloom

In the depths of winter—we got six inches of white fluffy yesterday—I’m jazzed about the crimson trumpets of the amaryllis blaring from my kitchen island. Two sturdy 32-inch-tall stalks rise above my ‘Red Lion’ bulb.

One set of 6-inch flowers unfurled first and is starting to shrivel but the other is just opening.

People often ask me [...]

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