According to Wikipedia, the name Dianthus originates from ancient Greek, and basically means "flower of Zeus." Ours came up nicely this year, by which I mean to say that the ones we bought last weekend at the nursery look amazing in their pots. Something I've learned about gardening is that it's nice to put in the years of hard work, but sometimes instant gratification is a pleasure that can be appreciated all the more as a result of knowing how difficult it can be to make certain things grow. You also learn things along the way. Last week a reader wrote in and told me that a quarter bar (not liquid) of Ivory soap dissolved in a quart of water will, when sprayed on a tree, kill aphids without harming new leaves; we tried it and -- guess what -- it worked. I couldn't believe we didn't learn about this treatment until now, but better late than never. Now free of aphids, the garden could relax. By "relax," I mean that the plants made an effort not to discuss politics. We prayed for a future without Facebook, but it seemed unimaginable. What if they start making cars and television shows? It seemed likely that in a few thousand years, historians will reach a consensus about the turning point of our society, much the way smallpox wiped out the Incas. "Soon everyone was on Facebook," they will write, "which was the beginning of the end. Nobody liked this social media platform, but there was a sense of resignation that soon pervaded all levels of civilization." We had other things to worry about, however. Like parents of real children, we couldn't understand why Clio, unlike the rest of our cats, never wants to sleep. She literally glows with energy and curiosity, notwithstanding the saying about what curiosity does to cats. "What's so bad about being curious?" Clio asked. "It's not like it's going to kill me." Dante: I miss being young and naive.
Zephyr: You mean you miss being young. To be fair to Clio, I didn't really want to sleep, either, if it meant missing even a few seconds of the azaleas, which were just beginning to bloom.