One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

About the Midnight Gardener

Look, I’m just this guy pursuing happiness who chooses to bloom where he’s planted, which right now is on the shores of Cape Cod. I am absolutely taken with the Natural World, and honored to participate in it as a gardener (It’s like the ultimate Sim Game, but with consequences.).

I’m also completely baffled and annoyed by people who disrespect the great gift that is Nature. I think it’d be great to see everyone taking a little more personal responsibility for their place in the world around us. And while I’m being absolutely ridiculous, it couldn’t hurt us to be more kind to one another.

Oh, one other thing. While it will only occasionally be the subject of the garden blog, your host is gay. I’m sure that won’t be a problem for any of you, but until we live in a world where people won’t be bullied or discriminated against for who they are, it’s important that you know this about me right up front.


Comments on: "About the Midnight Gardener" (6)

  1. Aaaw, you are SUCH a dear heart. I loved this bit about you for many reasons.

    First while I was waiting for the page to load I was hoping that I would find this same picture of you here. I was soooooooo happy when I did, because I love this photo of you looking skyward. You ARE after all the “storm, lightning and cloud chaser”, which I relate to…being one myself. LOL!! :) :) Only I’m more advanced having been hit by lightning twice….or else more retarded!!! :) :)

    Then I was blown away when you let people know “right up front” that you are gay. First off I never think about such things and have several wonderful gay friends (in my off-line life and some online as well). I always just see PEOPLE never even think about the rest, even when they are talking with me about their relationships, etc. It’s such a NON issue for me. I cannot fathom the “dark ages” thinking. I cannot even wrap my mind around it.

    Recently I was SOOOOOOOOO happy to that two of my gay male friends married. I cannot tell you how that moved me. A breath of freedom. I didn’t get to go to the wedding as it was too far and I couldn’t get away at the time due to work. But I wept over that. Had I been there I would have cheered. And I have to tell you honestly: the fact that sexual orientation decides whether two people can marry or not is one of the few things that enrages me. I don’t even like the word “gay”. Only because, like I said, I see only people; why even define it?!! I don’t even know what the fuss is all about. Good grief people, get over it.

    Okay, before I totally rant here I will say this. You are a truly gifted and beautiful soul. You kindness to me has touched me many times. Were I your parent I would be so deeply proud of my son. I may be old enough to be your mother for that matter. Anyway, I admire your forthrightness and your kindness and your beauty and your caring for others, the earth, the flowers and creatures, Badum, :) your plants, your home, your self. You are a remarkable human being Greg, ALWAYS know that.

    I pray that in our lifetime we will see a more intelligent, more enlightened, less fearful, and more compassionate world. It is an honor to know you.

    From my heart,

    (“before I totally rant” !?!?! Oops…too late…heh heh)

    But thank you, my dear Robin…you ARE sweet to go on and I do believe that there are many people like you who feel exactly the same way. But there are so many more who embrace, cling to that “middle ages” mindset you speak of…there are miles to go before we sleep. But meanwhile, I’m pleased to know you.

  2. Greg, just in case you don’t have a feed to the question you asked, I did post a brief reply. Basically, I’m just fine, though some folks in town were way less fortunate.

    I appreciate your concern!

    Times like this make a person a little more philosophical, don’t they?

    I’m happy to hear that you are well and safe tonight, my friend. There are always blessings to count, when we are reminded to do so!

  3. Ann O'Callaghan said:

    It was so nice to see you at our annual bowling dinner last night. The pictures are wonderful and I loved your commentary on what seemed to be a wonderful Christmas. So happy you could share with such a nice family. The wedding looked like fun as well.

    You take care. I love your attitude about life in general. It is to be lived!


  4. adkchrisshaw said:

    For those of you following this blog who haven’t had the treat of actually meeting your host, I gotta tell you folks,…you’re missing out!!!! He and I met years ago in the Adirondacks working in a museum and have had a ton of laughs, tons of good food, and a few libations along the way. He embraces life with reckless abandon, and would rather laugh than breathe. He’s an Adirondacker to his very core,…lucky for us up here, and those of you out there that are benifiting from the attention he paid while growing up in these mountains. He mentioned in his “bio” here he is a gay man,… well in the interest of full disclosure, I’m a straight, tall guy with a big nose. Here’s to the day when both facts will be dealt with equally.

    Jeez, Mister Shaw, I’m blushing like crazy. Yep, an Adirondacker right down to my Jersey core. ;) Thanks for your hearty endorsement, by which I really mean friendship! In kind, I’ll tell you all that Chris personally prepared most of that amazing food…and some killah Sangria, to wash it all down. My life has been richer for knowing Chris and all his wonderful music. If you haven’t had a chance to check out his blog and hear some of his singing, well, then, you simply haven’t give my Blogroll more than a cursory glance, have you? He’s right at the top!

    (You do have el schnozzo grande, don’t you? Heh.)

  5. April Ring said:

    You have a beautiful blog and I’m glad you’re sharing the beauty of your local nature with us.

  6. Greg…hope ur still on the Cape…my wife and I come up every year…her family for over 60 yrs…me 30 now that I am married to her…anyhow…I am a Katydid fanatic…but when we come up we never hear them in Falmouth…what part of the Cape do you reside on…because if and when we move up there I HAVE TO HAVE KATYDIDS…I wait all year long to hear them…they come out in the end of July here (usually the last week or two) and then run ’till about the middle of October…I have made recordings of them on my reel to reel many years ago…and then moved them over to cassettes when they came out (now you know how old I am)…if I knew how I would put them on a CD ha, ha…but get back to me if you can…the world needs more nature lovers like you.

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