A Gardener’s Christmas Poem

I read an old version of A Gardener’s Christmas in the Garden Club of Virginia’s December Journal. The author is unknown so I took a few liberties to bring it up to date. Merry Christmas!

A Gardener’s Christmas

´Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through the yard
The branches were bare
And the ground frozen hard;

The roses were dormant
And mulched all around
To protect them from damage
If frost heaves the ground;

The perennials were nestled
All snug in their beds,
While visions of fertilizer
Danced in their heads;

The newly planted shrubs
Had been soaked by a hose
To settle their roots
For a long winter’s doze;

And out on the lawn
The new fallen snow
Protected the roots
Of the grasses below;

When, what to my wondering
Eyes should appear,
But a Prius full of gifts
Of gardening gear;

St. Nick was the driver
A jolly old elf,
And he winked as he said,
“I’m a gardener myself.

I’ve brought new seeds
And light systems, too,
Give them a try
And see how they do.

To eliminate weeding,
I brought bags of mulch
To attract the pollinators,
I have flowers for best results.

To add to your joy,
I’ve plenty of herbs
And ornamental grasses
For your hell strip curb.

For seed planting days,
I’ve a trowel and dibble.
And a roll of wire mesh,
If the rabbits should nibble.

I have the latest books
Plus some gadgets you’ll love;
Plant stakes and frames,
And waterproof gloves.

Here are sharp shears
And a new compost pit
And, for pH detecting,
A soil testing kit.

With these colorful flagstones,
Lay a new garden path.
For the view from your window,
A bird feeder and bath.

And last but not least,
Some well-rotted manure.
A green garden year-round,
These gifts will ensure.

Then, jolly St. Nick
Having emptied his load,
Started his Prius
And took on the road.

And I heard him exclaim
Through the motor’s quiet hum,
“Merry Christmas to all,
And to all a green thumb!”

6 responses to “A Gardener’s Christmas Poem

  1. I’ve always loved the spirit of Santa and being a gardener, I really liked this post. Merry Christmas to you, and it would only be fair that Santa’s Prius stopped at your house first. 🙂

  2. What do you the last sentence in this paragraph was supposed to say?

    To add to your joy,
    I’ve plenty of herbs
    And ornamental grasses
    For your hell strip curb

    • a hell strip curb is the grassy area sandwiched between cement sidewalk and the curb or street, so named because it usually gets very hot, is in full sun, and no water from hose so that is why is usually grass. There is a book on this that suggest plants that can survive in this area

  3. Nicely done!

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