March 12th, 2009

Gardeners, Don’t let your Broccoli Grow Up to be Flowers

Great gardeners have perfect timing.

A great gardener plants his tomato neither too early nor too late, perfectly nestling the fruits of his labor between the winter frost and the summer heat. A great gardener does not walk by his ready-to-pick broccoli too many times before it flowers. A great gardener knows his windows of opportunity, growing better tasting produce with the least amount of work.

Broccoli flowers

I, however, am a new gardener full of gardening screw-ups.

Broccoli flowers in a vase.

While I missed my window of broccoli ripeness, I did not miss the opportunity to give my wife flowers.