Lee Ann Fields | 12/14/2016 9:43:59 PM
‘Twas the night before Christmas at the gardener’s house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
Tulips bulbs were placed in the refrigerator with care
To be planted in January that soon would be there.
The ferns and tropicals had been moved inside
So, that during a freeze they’d not wither and die.
The gardener removed gloves and worn, floppy hat
To settle down for a long winter’s nap.
When out in the flowerbed there arose such a clatter
The gardener sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
She threw on her jacket, torn and grimy from wear
And sturdy rubber boots to see what was going on out there!
When what to her wondering eyes should appear
But a miniature wheelbarrow pulled by eight tiny reindeer
With a little old driver, all dressed in tweed
She knew in a moment it must be St. Seed!
His eyes- how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
As he unloaded holly bushes loaded with berries.
Daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, and more
He planted the yard with bushes and bulbs galore!
He pruned the summer’s muscadine vines
Curving them into festive twig wreaths divine.
Then out to the hothouse he ran in a rush
To clean the garden tools with a stiff wire brush.
From his wheelbarrow, he grabbed a bag of 10-10-10
And fertilized the whole yard with the strength of ten men!
He dug up azaleas that weren’t getting enough light
And moved them to a sunnier spot to bloom big and bright.
Out of his gift sack he pulled the best gift,
Two cold frames so large he could hardly lift!
He placed them on the south side, vegetables to hold
Where tender plants could grow despite the cold.
His work almost done down the chimney he slid
And into the gardener’s stocking he hid
Gardening catalogs filled with varieties of seeds
And everything else a gardener could need.
Then he sprang up the chimney, to his reindeer gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down on a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight,
“Happy Gardening to all, and to all a good-night!”
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture