On this Monday morning I can report on a full weekend beginning with a New England Wildflower Society member Plant Swap at Nasami Farm. I brought waldsteinia and tiarella and came home with Jacob’s ladder, an unusual epimedium, more tiarellas, a spicebush plant (very tiny) and an unusual native sedum.
There was a big crowd and a big tent for for the Greenfield Community College graduation Saturday afternoon. Granddaughter Tricia was graduation with honors and an Associate Degree in Accounting. She is very smart, and encouraging to all the students she has been tutoring over the past two or three years. She has been working at a bank while working on her degree.
Tricia and the young woman in front of her are wearing gold stoles to denote their entry into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
Tricia and her fiance Brian are both so proud of each other’s academic achievements. He graduated from UMass-Amherst with a psychology degree three years ago, and just finished the pre-requisites he needed to apply for a Physican’s Assistant program which will begin in January. He has been working at the Brattleboro Retreat to pay off student loans since graduation, and trying to save money for the new program. These two are so smart, and disciplined. They will go far, but a first stop is a September wedding.
Son Chris stopped by over the weekend to congratulate Tricia and to help us in the garden. Mowing, raking AND picking up the grass for the compost pile. What a guy! Bibi, the elderly French bulldog, still has enough energy to supervise and cheer him on.
A great weekend! The garden is starting to look good too.