But enough philosophizing – back to the donuts. I learned about them by
moseying around Don’s site and finding these nuggets from his "Don’t
Do That" articles: "Don’t circle trees with stuff" and "Don’t cut little circles into your lawn and plant flowers in them."
So recently I was asked for garden advice from a friend – there’s
trouble right there – who presented a donut and asked what was missing from its collection of
flowers. Yikes, how much honesty is called for in a situation like
this? I wasn’t even being paid, so I could have winged it with some
plant ideas. But designwise how could I have looked in the mirror the
next morning? Well, I’m overdramatizing but you get the idea.
This particular donut – technically a circle in the lawn – had been
created to fill in the spot left by a tree, see, so I boldly
recommended filling in the space with lawn. Actually, that advice doesn’t seem too brutal; it was the expensive and
labor-intensive other shit I told her really needed to be done that probably made her regret ever asking for help.
Really, when you’re asked for suggestions by friends and neighbors how honest do you get?
Before I sign off, one more thing about Don’s site and its wealth of gardening info. I’ve linked his "Landscaping 101"
to the local gardening info site I launched last spring and
referred several new clients to it, so you can take that as an endorsement. And his style is outrageous and entertaining, just what we’re always bitching about the dearth of. The Garden Writers Association likes the site, too, and last year named it the best gardening site in the U.S. Go Don! Just please don’t tell us why you became a Republican – some things are better left unsaid, amigo.