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  • Well, as you can see by the photo, it's raining today in Peoria, and [surprise, surprise] it's expected to rain the entire Memorial Day weekend. Guess we'll be moving the cars out of the garage and having the celebration out there. Hey, why not. A Barbeque tastes as sweet from the garage as from the patio.

    My oldest girl will be a little disappointed. Since her birthday is the 28th, we normally combine the two to have an early birthday party. I'm sure she'll be fine.

    And the truth be told, this is ideal weather for the new kids. I'm referring to the Day Lilies and Irises in the photo next to the fence. But wait, aren't those fully grown plants? Actually, they are.

    You see, the Peoria Civic Center has decided to redo the landscaping on the north side of the building, where these flowers used to live. Normally they would replant these flowers elsewhere, or attempt to pot a few, but with the budget being what it is this year and labor costs being what they are, they have decided instead to simply tear them out and send them to the landfill.

    Unless, of course, someone would like to come get them. So yesterday I spent a few hours rescuing Day Lilies and purple Irises from the “island” between Kumpf Street and the paved area of the loading dock. The rain is too heavy today for me to repeat the mission, but if it lets up a little tomorrow, I intend to go back downtown for a little more. Well, actually another trunk full.

    What can I say? I love flowers. And I hate having to mow around them. So there is a method to my madness. You see, if I completely line the fence with flowers, I don't have to mow that area. Once rooted, the flowers take care of themselves. Less work, more enjoyment.

    Now if I could only get the vegetable garden to work like that.

    ~Fred~
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