Grumpy Gives Thanks

November 19, 2011 | By | Comments (6)

Well, it’s Thanksgiving week, the time that calls upon each of us to reflect on the many blessings we have received in our lives and give credit where credit is due. So without further ado, here are just a few of the things that Grumpy was thankful for in 2011.


Having the chance to be the first to write about a fantastic new botanical garden (above) opening up next March 1 in north Georgia, where I witnessed more than five million daffodils adorning the grounds — the largest such display in these here United States. Look for my story in the February 2012 issue of Southern Living. Thank you, Jim.

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Having my house and family spared from the horrific tornado outbreak that destroyed so many lives in Alabama and other states last April. Thank you, Lord.


Having my son win a Presidential Scholarship to attend Auburn University next fall, where he will employ all the horticultural genius he inherited from my father to save the oak trees poisoned by some redneck moron. Thank you, Brian.

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Having the government guarantee me a $500,000 loan, so I could buy this magnificent vacation estate in the Caribbean despite my terrible credit score. Thank you, Freddie Mac.

Having my beloved Montana State Fighting Bobcats poised once again to defend their NCAA football championship against LSU. Thank you, Coach Wildhack.

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Having a really hot wife who, even though she’s not much of a gardener, likes to do lots of other fun stuff with her KOL (King of Love). Thank you, Judy.

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Having a former Southern Living colleague, Charlie Thigpen, open up a great new garden center at Pepper Place in downtown Birmingham — Charlie Thigpen’s Gardener’s Gallery. Muchas gracias, Carlito.

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Having thousands of wildly enthusiastic fans wait anxiously for me to speak at the Texas State Fair. Thank you, Rick Perry.

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Having the opportunity to photograph wild turkey in its native habitat at numerous locations here in the suburbs. Thank you, ABC stores.

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Getting paid to witness scenes like this as we prepared a story on Thomas Jefferson’s gardens at Monticello for next fall. Thank you, Mr. President.

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And finally, Grumpy would like to thank you, his loyal readers, for putting up with him for yet another year when you could be spending your time more fruitfully watching former Vice-President Al Gore on the latest “Say Yes to the Dress.”






  1. Grumpy Gardener (His Benevolence)

    happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

    November 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm
  2. Jean

    You have much to be thankful for Grump and us? We couldn’t and wouldn’t do without you!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm
  3. nana p

    I’m thankful that one day I stumbled across the Grumpy Gardeners Blog and have enjoyed it ever since. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of gardening with us and doing it with lots of humor. Loving life!!!

    November 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm
  4. Jim Long

    You should be darned thankful, Grump. Hot wife, smart kid and a tree that missed your house and left you a wild turkey. Thank you for sharing all your wit and wisdom throughout the year.

    November 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm
  5. Martha

    I love your blog.
    This is an especially fun, interesting and worthwhile piece of personal writing.
    Wish there were a way to subscribe by email.
    Keep up the terrific work.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm
  6. UrsulaV

    Man, all kidding aside, we’re having one of those warm late-fall days here that make you glad to be a gardener. Leaves all over the ground, that smell of smoke and leaf-mold in the air, nine cubic yards of mulch just waiting for slinging…I mean, who can ask for more?
    Well, maybe the Wild Turkey.

    November 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm

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