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Churchill: Gardeners of the world, unite with Riggi!

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — It is spring, which means I have been sticking plants and flowers in the ground that will be engulfed in weeds by July. Would I be annoyed if some of those newly planted flowers were ripped from the ground?

Yes, I most certainly would be. And upon discovering holes in the dirt where plants used to be, I would no doubt aim my suspicions at the usual suspects from springs and summers past:

1.) Tommy, the backyard woodchuck who annually yanks up anything that resembles a crucifer.

2.) Olive, the German Shepherd who lives in our house and digs massive holes during frequent, frantic searches for a tennis ball.

3.) The unnamed, unrepentant neighborhood squirrels who preform flagrant acts of mischief, including chopping down sunflowers at their base to get at the seeds up top. (The little jerks are clever. I'll give them that.)

Although it would be splendid to see Tommy led away in handcuffs, I have never been tempted to call police over all of this thievery. I don't believe I'd have called in the law even if I knew my flowers had been harmed by human hands.

But then again, nobody has ever confused me for Michele Riggi. Not yet,........

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