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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The psychology of reblooming irises

“Cognitive dissonance” is the “the uncomfortable tension that may result from experiencing apparently conflicting phenomena.” That’s sort of how I feel when I see an iris blooming in autumn. Luckily, it’s an easy feeling to overcome.

Happy hour for monarch butterflies: Smooth asters

Plant more milkweeds to ensure more monarch butterflies, and plant smooth asters so you can watch them belly up to the bar in autumn before the great migration to Mexico.

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