Now remember when I offered up some Henry Mitchell quotes and called them "Great Moment in Garden Writing"? Well, Tony’s moments are far from great but they’re fun moments, interesting moments, never-boring moments in garden writing, and that’s plenty for me. But Tony, real men use editors. Really, in the 16 years since you first published the article about natives if nobody’s ever volunteered to smooth the rough patches, I’ll volunteer myself. Like "It’s ashamed that many of these sites could not be preserved." And in the 4th paragraph I bet you don’t really mean the native plant enthusiasts "decry the elimination of lawns." Perhaps you meant propose? Tony, I still love you; I just want to edit you. An update on the subject would be nice, too, but now I’m just getting pushy.
Before leaving Tony’s list of articles, explore them yourself for a good time but I’ll recommend one more, on the timely subject of crapemyrtles. The author this time isn’t Tony but an academic horticulturist and surprisingly good writer. I say that after spending months reading academic hort writers on websites of Cooperative Extension Services and finding it generally tough slogging. But for great content and style check out Greg Grant’s rant about the wrongful pruning of these poor plants, aptly called "Stop the Crape Murder."Posted by Susan Harris on September 7, 2006 at 3:14 am, in the category Ministry of Controversy.