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Every spring for years now, my dear friend Les and I have fiercely competed in The Bloomin’ Bulbs competition.

We two are the only participants.

Whoever has the first blooming spring bulbs is the winner.

But in the weeks ahead, we’ll both be on high alert, because we’ve proven ourselves …uhm… untrustworthy.

One year I brought a blow-dryer outside, trying to warm up the air around my not-quite-blooming daffodils.

And as for Les …. well….

Please follow the trail from here:

From: Cynthia Reyes
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 4:58 PM
To: ‘Leslie Lawrence’
Subject: I have SEVERAL crocuses bloomin’! 

I have SEVERAL crocuses bloomin’ now!

Two yesterday, several today.

And I just remembered: it’s the Bloomin’ Bulbs competition, so Hellebores don’t count, Les!

Have you any real bulbs yet??

Blog Photo - Crocus in Spring


From: Leslie
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 9:05 AM
To: Cynthia Reyes
Subject: Re: I have SEVERAL crocuses bloomin’ now!

Well, you are probably well ahead.

It’s hard to be in competition with the Reyes Estate.

A Few Things have poked their heads up vigorously through the leaf mulch.

However, we don’t have much of a display.

Lawrence el Veraz

Les and his Daffodils


On Apr 14, 2014, at 9:19 AM, Cynthia Reyes  wrote:

Les – that is beautiful!

I have no daffodils blooming.

When I read your email, I braced myself for another fake photo – but this is great!

It looks like you won the contest this year, because those daffodils have been up for a while – right?

Darn, drats and heck!  I hate losing. But if I had to lose to someone….. I’m glad it’s you!


From: Leslie
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 9:46 AM
To: Cynthia Reyes
Subject: Re: I have SEVERAL crocuses bloomin’ now!

Hi Cynthia,

Well, I’m glad you liked the photo.

As for fake photos, though we have this keen competition, I assure you I would never spend a lot of time scheming to send you a photograph taken last spring in order to accomplish the nearly impossible task of fooling you one last time.

Not me.

Lawrence el Veraz.


On Apr 14, 2014, at 9:50 AM, Cynthia Reyes  wrote:

Oh my God! 

You did it again, didn’t you?

I don’t know why I get hoodwinked every time.

And this time – completely.

Duz a leppard change his spots?

Duz a photo-faker change his ways?

Obviously not.

Ay, caramba!


All this to say: keep your friends close, but keep your gardener-friends even closer! 


Dedicated to my dear friend Lawrence el Veraz.

56 thoughts on “Skulduggery”

    1. Chloris, my dear! Could you not have sent me a PRIVATE email, so that Lawrence el Veraz wouldn’t know? (Imagine us both next fall — rushing out to buy and plant Rjnveld’s Early Sensation!)

    2. Thanks, Chloris ! Rjynveld’s it is ! The blow dryer didn’t work for me. Also,there are some good photos of Rjnfeld’s on line. (Not that I would pretend they were mine.)
      el Veraz.

      1. Oh no, you weren’t meant to see that. It was for Cynthia’s eyes only, to help her to win next year. I forget sometimes that this is rather a public arena.

      2. Oh heck. Now I will have to go back to Plan B with plastic daffodils. But thanks for the tip on Rjnfelds. They certainly look great online.
        il Veritiero

  1. I enjoyed this so much! The part about taking the blow dryer outside made me laugh. I Iove flowers. I don’t have any bulbs. I had some tiger lilies for a few years, but had a really hot summer and neglected them 2 or 3 years ago, and lost most of them. I do have a lot of flowering shrubs though.

    I hope you really enjoy your flowers this year.


    1. Thanks, Theresa. It is a great competition, and we have fun. But we are SERIOUS competitors!
      Send pix of your flowering shrubs when they flower!
      And thanks for your reply.

  2. My Florida orchids bloom bright yellow all year round. They’re paper and extremely low-maintenance. Nothing like the ecstasy of that first outdoor bloom, though.

  3. They’re paper? Are you pulling my leg? (If so, please pull the good one… or maybe better pull the bad one… are these orchids paper or real?

    As you can tell from Les’ email, I get easily fooled.

      1. Mary, My modest few flowers lose out every year in the competition with the gorgeous gardens at the Reyes Estate. What’s more I am accused as a skullduggererer ! And who would believe that ? But I will keep trying. It’s what we gardeners do.
        Les the truthful.

    1. Hey Allen:
      That was last spring’s happening/skulduggery. I’m hoping something will happen soon in my garden. And I bet my friend Les is already planning a new bit of skulduggery that will stump me — again.

  4. Cynthia, this made me smile. The hairdryer idea is a hoot. It amazes me how much sooner bulbs planted in front of a south-facing wall or fence will bloom. Today I spotted one tulip changing from green to red in just such a location. Best wishes with the contest.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

  5. Thank you Wendy for your good wishes.
    As you know I am the underdog in this extremely competitive event. (It has even been suggested that my photographic documentation is somehow suspect.)
    Good to have your support as we prepare for Spring once again.
    George Washington Lawrence

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