Floral notes: Oh, Canada

Community Columnist

Most times the gander carefully looks both ways, but we do have tragedies occur. I get very nervous when they start down the driveway, but drivers who travel this road must be aware that not only deer, but geese, cross here, too.

Too soon comes the day everyone takes wing. First little practice flights, then farther afield to graze fresh fields. By the end of August, every family has joined the flotilla on the lake. I imagine they ask each other what their summer was like, just as returning school children do. My families return once or twice to say goodbye and get a corn fix. I always know it isn’t them if when I ask them if they want corn, I get a blank look.

One cool evening when we returned home, there was a mist from the still warm water over the pond. Floating peacefully and safely from the grasp of a coyote or fox, the geese appeared ghost-like in our headlights. That alone makes up for the noise and the mess.

Another sign of fall is the disappearance of the lovely hanging baskets and potted annuals that the Cazenovia Garden Club has nurtured all season.

We cleaned them up, so things look a bit plain for a month. By mid-November the [gasp] holiday decorations and greens in window boxes will magically appear. Well, you know it’s not magic, but hard, dedicated work.

Show us your love and appreciation by coming to our sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room.

Nancy Hook is an avid gardener and an active member of the Cazenovia Garden Club. She can be reached at 655-8754.

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