Definition of COOL
: moderately cold : lacking in warmth
a : marked by steady dispassionate calmness and self-control cool and calculating administrator — Current Biography> b : lacking ardor or friendliness cool impersonal manner> c of jazz : marked by restrained emotion and the frequent use of counterpoint d : free from tensions or violence
I think the slang version fits here: very good, excellent, all right, fashionable, and hip
You know you are a gardener if you think these things are cool: not necessarily in order
That's cool when.....
A plant you know was dead shows up the following spring alive and well, maybe even flowering.
A bird shows up in your feeder or landscape that you have never seen before. ..that's cool.
When a seed you planted in the fall for summer actually germs and flowers the next growing season. ..that's ....
When a plant your neighbor has that you want a start off of but you're afraid to ask, bumps into you and asks you a plant question which leads you to ask can I have a start of that? Yes.. that's cool.
When you can go to the local municipal recycle center and get free unadulterated compost. That's cool.
When your mother comes to visit twice a year and wants to buy you plants for you birthday or whatever reason. . that's....
When a bi-annual blooms from seed a year later, that's cool.
When people drive by and complement you on your landscape and garden. that's cool. (prideful I suppose)
When people comment on a blog post. that's just nice.
One last one:
When you go to a nursery and you find your favorite plant (at least this week anyway) at a tremendous discount......that's too cool for school......this happened to me last week...
I went to Wichita with my wife to a school function of hers. As she spent half the day there, I went and toured the nurseries. Went to an open house for a new big box home improvement center and cleaned up on #1 perennials $3, 4" perennials $1.20, #1 endless summer hydrangea $14, and bales of peat moss. That's cool...
Visit number two sent me to the next big box store to "look" around. To my astonishment they had my favorite evergreen tree (Alaskan Weeping Cedar) at a huge discount: $44.00/#10 gallon/8'. #1 Perennials 3/$10. That's awesome!
Visit number three sent me to a high-end nursery where you can find the unusual/non-commodity type of plants. Found a larger version of my Alaskan Cedar priced At $298. Purchased a few seldom found perennials, #1 14.98. That's cool on the plant but not cool on the price. But I understand local owners need to make more profit.
That's coo..ok I guess.
So Whats Cool for You?