A buddhist monk friend of mine said “its best to love the weather as there’s nothing you can do about it”. Heeding his advice I’m readjusting my attitude and embracing this new round of snow as a possible last chance to view the new gardens as blank canvases. With orders for 60 daylilies, 20 hellebores and 10 peonies placed and confirmed this is a fine opportunity to do some painting with the minds’ eyes. This will, of course, be an abstract expressionist work since neither deer nor chickens appear in this painting. An important difference between this activity and actual painting is that one can’t simply create a plant that one needs as easily or spontaneously or cheaply as one can with paint and brushes.