January 26, 2022

Back Yard Birds:

As of January, 2022

  1. Robin
  2. Blue jays
  3. cardinal
  4. Crow
  5. Morning dove
  6. Cow bird
  7. Grackles
  8. Pileated
  9. Red headed
  10. Red breasted
  11. Hairy
  12. Downy
  13. Bald Eagle
  14. Red tailed hawk
  15. Towhees
  16. Indigo bunting
  17. White crowned sparrow
  18. White throated sparrow
  19. Gold finch
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June 15, 2021

After almost 250 years,  America remains an experiment, a concept, an idea.  And the idea is this…that a society can manage itself in an orderly manner with direction from the many, pursuing the greatest good for the greatest

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November 18, 2020

This article appeared in Gardenopolis-Cleveland in June, 2020:


Ironclad refers to a durable group of Rhododendrons that have proven reliably hardy in Northeastern Ohio.  My favorite among the ironclads is R.’ Nova Zembla’.  I have my reasons.

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November 18, 2020

This summer we filed the final federal tax returns for Gilson Gardens, Inc.   I guess we’re finally done!

But we still maintain contacts with our local nursery industry!

In March, 2020, before the world shut down, Mark presented

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August 15, 2019

Our nursery is sold…plants, equipment and properties!

At the end of May, 2019, our Main Farm on Rt 20, Perry, was sold at a Kiko’s auction to our neighbor to the north…Tom Hurst at Briar Rose Nursery (the old Moretti

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August 30, 2018

Our efforts to conclude matters with our primary lender continue to drag on in a never-ending Kafkaesque story.

And yet…life goes on!

Our oldest son, Matthew, was married to his sweetheart in July on a beach in North Perry.  

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June 21, 2018

Think of all the energy those ancient Druids must have had…running around on days like this…performing their pagan rituals to celebrate the beginning of another season…moving giant rocks dozens of miles and sticking them in the ground to confound anthropologists

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October 8, 2017

It’s hard to remain sanguine these days about the future of America.

Where are all these hurricanes coming from?  Shooters?  International threats from Little Rocket Boys?

And we can’t seem to fix our hospitalization system or our tax

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