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A Day to Remember...This Time Last Year

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A Day to Remember...This Time Last Year



A year certainly came and went extremely quickly. August 21, 2017. The Great American Eclipse of 2017 was everything I could have hoped for.  There was no disappointment detected.  There were no shouts of “Over-hyped”.  There was: two minutes and nine seconds of silent sublime stellar seduction. I was awe-struck.  I am still in awe.  I believe I always will be.


The eighty or so that gathered here at the nursery gave the experience a depth it would have otherwise lacked. The eclipse would have been really good alone; having the opportunity to share this momentous event with others made it a jaw dropping, paradigm-shifting, life-changing experience.  If only we could have slowed time down for just a few minutes.


I squeezed every bit of stimuli out I possibly could have.  I completely absorbed the nuances of the rapidly changing spectacle.  Star athletes, performing at their peak, are said to be ‘in the zone’.   I have never been accused of being a star athlete, but I was definitely in the zone August 21, 2017 at 1:27pm.  I have re-played those brief moments, time and again in my head.  For perhaps the first time in my life, I was truly in the moment.  I had no thoughts beyond what lay in front of me.  For me, no distractions were possible.  I had, for a few brief moments, a pinpoint, laser light attention-snaring fixation.  After 53 years of waiting, I indeed got my wish!


A year has now passed, the eclipse has come and gone; the 25% off EVERYTHING GROWING sale is also going away soon. This is the last week to save like never before.  Through the end of business on Thursday August 23, 2018, all BatesRewards members will receive 25% off EVERYTHING GROWING.. Remember to take pictures of your landscape area in question and bring those along.  It greatly helps us visualize your unique landscape situation. New shipments have arrived this week!


The end of August weather couldn’t be better; come out and enjoy…


David Bates


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