Wish Me Luck  by  Allen Bush

My good luck began this spring with a three-year-old thoroughbred named Justify. I was smitten the first moment I saw the beautiful chestnut-colored horse walk onto the Churchill Downs track for a short gallop. I knew right away, early in the morning, two days before the Derby, where I was headed with my bet. I put Justify on top, followed by second and third place finishers, and won the Trifecta. Don’t begrudge me. I’m entitled to a winning Derby Trifecta once in a lifetime. Justify went on to win the Preakness and the Belmont to claim horse racing’s Triple Crown. I didn’t press my betting luck at the Preakness and Belmont. Luck can carry you only so far. The self-seeding Aquilegia canadensis ‘Pink Lanterns’ on May 8th, a few days after the Derby. Gardening is not so different. There have been beautiful days in Kentucky this spring when our garden approached epiphany, but they were scarce; yet the miserably hot days didn’t discourage me—too much. April was the coolest April on rec..
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Wish Me Luck

My good luck began this spring with a three-year-old thoroughbred named Justify. I was smitten the first moment I saw the beautiful chestnut-colored horse walk onto the Churchill Downs track for a short gallop. I knew right away, early in…Wish Me Luck originally appeared on Garden Rant on June 27, 2018.
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If Timbers Could Talk

Lied Lodge If Timbers Could Talk By Arbor Day Foundation | June 27, 2018 If stately timbers in the lobby of Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm could speak about what has passed beneath them in the 25 years since they were erected, what tales they could tell. Since its dedication in 1993, Lied Lodge has played host to hundreds of thousands of visitors from all walks of life. Some are families on vacation or seeking a unique place for a weekend together. Some are wedding parties or reunion gatherings or business groups making plans or seeking ways to motivate their sales forces. But many are conservation and natural resource organizations of every imaginable kind. The key concept behind the creation of Lied Lodge was to provide a place to facilitate the discussion of natural resource issues and problems facing our nation’s environment — and to work together on solutions. Toward this end, every major agency has held conferences at Lied Lodge including the U.S...
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