July 7, 2021

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Garden lovers pine for this time of the year, when every organism in the flowering kingdom is pumped and plumped in all their exquisite glory, a body-building competition beyond compare. The recent heat and rains have all the competitors in top-notch condition, perfectly toned and ready to strut their schwarzeneggered physiques for any judge who happens by. Some will no doubt be suspicious of those few defrauding competitors who should obviously be disqualified for their egregious Miracle-gro doping, predictably followed by the perennial calls for more testing. The reality is that the rest of us let all that silly stuff slide since we need to dream about these technicolor days during the long, cadaverous months of the Great Dreary Time.