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In columns of the past few weeks I have discussed the pleasures and learning experiences that come from gardening. However, I must admit there are some frustrations as well. Often these frustrations relate to whimsical weather, something about which we have little control. Nevertheless, I can often work around the problems that it causes in our landscape and garden.

The late and legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi, once said: “Mistakes are lessons by which we learn. When you learn the lesson, forget the mistake.” That quote has stuck with me since I first read it many, many years ago. I certainly have learned many lessons from my mistakes but it hasn’t stopped me from making mistakes, despite good intentions.