On The Other Hand – A Little Help?

If y’all will look back on that first gardnin story, you will see I never claimed to be an expert in the hoeing department. As hoers go, I consider myself a rank amateur. Rank as in downright, not as in I smell bad. Both, I reckon, would be a matter of opinion.

Thing is, you see, I had some success with my tulips this year—most of them came up and a good ninety percent of them bloomed—but my daffodils were duds. I planted about fifty bulbs, and all of them appeared to come up, but only two bloomed. What is up with that?

So, this is “the other hand” I speak of in the title to this piece—does anybody have a daffodil tip for an old Texas hoer, who’s still learning new tricks? I plan to leave the bulbs in the ground—it says on the box I can do that—and all I know to do is wait and see what happens next year. Any advice would be much appreciated.

As I said though, the tulips were awesome. I posted a picture of the first PURPLE one, and my little smart-aleck* brother made a big fuss about it being pink. It didn’t bother me, because I figured out a long time ago the boy is either color blind or failed art class. He actually still believes his prom dress was blue! I tried to explain to him it was actually a very brilliant and beautiful shade of chartreuse that went wonderfully with his blue eyes and long, curly blonde hair, but, to no avail. He simply turned around and demonstrated he was going commando under the frilly frock. I think they call that mooning, but what do I know. I mean, after all, I’m just an innocent old Texas hoer.

*Note of interest: I was curious about the word, so I looked up “smart-aleck” in the dictionary. Webster defines it as: an offensively conceited and bumptious person. Now, that’s funny enough (in terms of my brother) but, obviously, I had to look up “bumptious”, and Webster defines it as: presumptuously, obtusely, and often noisily self-assertive. Holy cow! Did Webster know my little brother? Alas, we must go one more step and see how Mr. Webster defines “obtusely”. His definition of the word “obtuse” is…. drum roll, please… lacking sharpness or quickness of sensibility. The only thing that would have made this better is if one of the words meant color blind!

This old hoer will be smiling the rest of the day!! Love ya, bro!


  1. Sherry Mashburn said

    Poor Ken . . . he doesn’t stand a chance!

    • Poor Ken! Are you kidding me! Poor Ken lives in the Virgin Islands and has a whole closet full of dresses,now! Poor Ken! Ha!

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