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The Night Before Christmas…Garden Style!

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Came across this today – it’s a twist on an old favorite that I wrote a couple of years back and had published in the Ontario Horticultural Association provincial newsletter. 

Seeing as we’re just 2 weeks away from the big day, and my first seed catalogue arrived in the mail this afternoon, it seemed fitting…


The Night Before Christmas…..(Garden Style)


Twas the night before Christmas and all through our town,

Not a creature was stirring, no one was around.


The tools were all hung in the garage with care,

In hopes that the spring-time soon would be there.


The bulbs were all nestled snug in their beds,

While visions of sunshine danced in their heads.


And me in my flannels and grey woollen throw,

Had just settled down for a nice garden show.


When out in the driveway there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the couch to see what was the matter.


Away to the window I flew like a weed,

And tore open the curtains with incredible speed.


The moon on the driveway, now full of new snow,

Made me think of the shovel, the rake, then the hoe. 


When what to my wondering eyes I did look,

At the postman there, with my spring seedling books.


I ran to the mailbox fast as the wind,

Tore open the package and sat there and grinned.


Oh iris, oh lily, oh tulip, and phlox,

Bee balm, aster, pansy and ‘hocks.


Roses, herbs, grasses, each made to enthral,

Order them, order them, order them all!


And though winter seems long, the spring does arrive,

As we again are amazed, at how our plants thrive.


So with pencil in hand, the order I wrote,

Dreaming of the garden and time I’ll devote.


On with the stamp, and off to the mail,

Tossed in the envelope, and down it did sail.


And I swear it exclaimed, as it fell out of sight,

Merry Christmas To You, May Your Garden Be Bright!


Wishing everyone Happy Holidays – and an Early Spring!


Author: gardenchatter

I'm a Horticulturalist, Master Gardener and member of the Garden Writers Association who enjoys playing in the dirt and experimenting with different veggies, plants and flowers in my Zone 5 garden. Check out my website With a recent addition of a greenhouse, my newest passion is growing-your-own. And what fun that is. Yes, there's the odd failure, but there's nothing quite as satisfying as walking through the veggie patch collecting dinner.

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