Did I ever tell you my wife has a thing for shoes? Oh yeah, all shoes but especially flip flops. For years, I have been asking my wife to clean out the shoe closet in our mudroom. I regularly throw out my shoes but that doesn’t seem to be the case with other members of my family. Last summer, after years of asking, I laid out all her shoes on the mudroom floor to go through. How many pairs of flip flops do you think I found buried in one closet? 32 pairs. Just as impressive is her collection of candles. Every year, around the holidays, I organize our candle collection. Not because I want to but because of the amount of prime real estate it consumes underneath the sink. If my calculations are correct, if we burned candles every holiday, we could burn candles for the next 30 years. I could possibly justify a candle collection of this magnitude for power outages but we have a generator. Today, is the start of my ‘eliminating candle season’ so we have room for all the candle parties and fundraisers to come. This is when I start to show off my background in Landscape Architecture and 20 years experience in creating gardens. Notice the layering, unity and plant hierarchy. In case you’re wondering, Red Pine and Winterberry.