As a member in good standing and the president and founder of The Society of Gardeners Aged 50 and Over (SGAFO), I bring before you a petition for the proposed membership of my baby sister who turns 50 years old today. Let's call her Sherry.
Sherry's qualifications include first that she is my sister and secondly, of course, that she also gardens. Oh, and did I mention she is 50 years old today?
I would describe her gardening style as both kid friendly and pet friendly, where weeds often hide various dog and kid toys left out and about and kids are encouraged to help plant, though as they get older, they seem less inclined to assist.
She likes what I would characterize as a cottage style of gardening, which works well to hide the weeds.
Her choice of flowers is rather eclectic and includes many passalong plants from me, her generous, giving, and gracious gardening sister. She also buys plants of her own choosing including the pink yarrow, pictured above. Yes, she does favor pink flowers over other flower colors, I believe.
In the spring, I can always count on her to call and ask me in late April if it is too early to plant annuals and tomato plants. I always answer yes. Some years she plants them anyway, and it works out just fine. Other years, she plants them anyway and they get nipped by a late frost. It seems like she is intent on planting in late April, regardless of what I say. I realize that this may actually disqualify her from SGAFO, but it is a fun story to tell.
As a new member, Sherry would, of course, be subject to the same initiation proceedings that all other members endure, even though she is related to me, your humble president.
In summary, overall, I believe she has met all of the qualifications that I have set forth, including that all important qualification of being at least 50 years old, and therefore should be accepted for full membership in the society.
It would be a wonderful birthday present for her.
Your humble president for life of SGAFO, GBGC, and SPPOTGWLS