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Some gardeners plan their garden with

Some gardeners plan their garden

with meticulous1 attention to detail.

They choose colors that

will complement2 each other

and design their garden

as if they were

painting on a canvas.

Others are more spontaneous

and simply visit a nursery

and purchase plants

that appeal to them.

Often gardeners have a trademark3 plant

that is their specialty4.

Perhaps they enjoy the velvet5

texture6 of the leaves, or maybe

the flower's color attracts them.

The varieties of gardens

are endless. Terrace gardening

has become popular. With

a herbal garden, cooks enjoy

being able to use fresh herbs

from their garden to

add zest7 to their favorite dishes.

They simply visit their garden

and clip a few pieces of

the herb they wish to use.

Every garden is as individual

as its owner. Gardens come

in all shapes and sizes.

Some are in the shape

of a rectangle, while others

are circular or irregular in shape.

Some gardeners like the appearance

of an asymmetrical8 shape

while others work to

achieve symmetry in their gardens.

For vegetable gardens, the most

popular shape is rectangular

and vegetables are usually planted

in a linear fashion.

This method makes it easier

to cultivate between

the rows of plants.

You could mistake some gardens

for a meadow when the gardener

chooses to include only

wildflowers as a choice of vegetation.

Including a pond in

a garden is popular too.

Entrepreneurs are always looking

for innovations and gadgets9 that

will attract the attention

of devoted10 gardeners and

induce them to spend their money.

It has become a huge industry

in the last few years,

as the baby boomers reach

retirement11 age and have more time

to pursue hobbies such as gardening.

There are new  products patented

every year to tempt12 the gardener.

It is possible to

buy a kit13 that contains

a complete set of tools

needed by the home gardener.

Unfortunately, often the quality

is poor and the product

is a fraud. Instead of

having something good to

work with, the purchase

turns out to be junk.

If you want to flatter

a gardener, and boost

their ego14 at the same time,

summon up the courage to

simply ask if you can 

swap15 plants. Of course,

it will give them a thrill

if you also compliment them

on the hardiness16 of their plants

as compared to yours.

They might even try to

console you on your lack

of competence17 as a gardener

because your plants are not

as sturdy as their plants.

Irrespective of the competence

of the gardener, anyone who

augments18 the number of plants

grown is helping19 to conserve20

our planet by averting21 erosion.

This pays great dividends22

for everyone as it also

serves to protect the ozone23 layer.

Some people erect24 barricades25

to keep small animals

from attacking the plants.

Squirrels love to dig up

flower bulbs. They find

them a tasty treat.

It is common to see

ceramic26 fixtures27 or figurines

in a garden. Even

the untrained eye can tell

that the imitations are a fake,

yet properly placed, they add

to the intrinsic beauty.

A rain gauge28, attached

by a bracket to a fence,

is a common sight and

is used to enable the gardener

to diagnose the moisture level

of the soil around

the plants and determine

if they need more water.

If nature does not provide

enough rain, then the gardener

will use a plastic or

rubber hose to provide

more irrigation. With a twist

of a knob, or by moving

a lever, the thirst of

the plants for moisture

can be quenched29.What greater pleasure,

than to work in your garden

and as you clip

the overgrown plants back to

size or prune30 branches

of fruit trees, hear

the buzz of bees?

You know that they are

enjoying your garden as

they extract the pollen31

from the blooms. You relish32

the feeling that you are

one with nature. The hum

of insects as they share

the garden is more pleasurable

than music from a stereo

or a symphony to

a devoted gardener. In addition,

the scent33 of the flowers

is an integral part

of the joy of spending

time working in a garden.

The irony34 of the situation

is that nature sometimes

conspires35 against the gardener,

and a hailstorm can riddle36

beautiful plants, shredding37 their leaves

in minutes. Hurricanes can uproot38

even the largest trees

although this is an event

that seldom occurs in Southern Ontario.

Tornadoes39 are more likely

in this area.Parasites40 can

attack plants and threaten their survival.

Any number of things

can become a plague.

It is often difficult

to discern exactly what it is

that is destroying the precious plants.

Any number of complications

can shatter the gardener's dream

of surpassing last year's accomplishment41.

An authentic42 gardener will not

brood about the disappointment

for long. Even as

the disaster is occurring,

you might overhear the gardener

murmur43 “There's always next year.”


1 meticulous A7TzJ     
  • We'll have to handle the matter with meticulous care.这事一点不能含糊。
  • She is meticulous in her presentation of facts.她介绍事实十分详细。
2 complement ZbTyZ     
  • The two suggestions complement each other.这两条建议相互补充。
  • They oppose each other also complement each other.它们相辅相成。
3 trademark Xndw8     
  • The trademark is registered on the book of the Patent Office.该商标已在专利局登记注册。
  • The trademark of the pen was changed.这钢笔的商标改了。
4 specialty SrGy7     
  • Shell carvings are a specialty of the town.贝雕是该城的特产。
  • His specialty is English literature.他的专业是英国文学。
5 velvet 5gqyO     
  • This material feels like velvet.这料子摸起来像丝绒。
  • The new settlers wore the finest silk and velvet clothing.新来的移民穿着最华丽的丝绸和天鹅绒衣服。
6 texture kpmwQ     
  • We could feel the smooth texture of silk.我们能感觉出丝绸的光滑质地。
  • Her skin has a fine texture.她的皮肤细腻。
7 zest vMizT     
  • He dived into his new job with great zest.他充满热情地投入了新的工作。
  • He wrote his novel about his trip to Asia with zest.他兴趣浓厚的写了一本关于他亚洲之行的小说。
8 asymmetrical gO7ye     
  • Most people's faces are asymmetrical.多数人的脸并不对称。
  • Folds may be gentle and symmetrical,or sharp and asymmetrical.褶皱可以是平缓而对称的,也可以是陡峭而非对称的。
9 gadgets 7239f3f3f78d7b7d8bbb906e62f300b4     
n.小机械,小器具( gadget的名词复数 )
  • Certainly. The idea is not to have a house full of gadgets. 当然。设想是房屋不再充满小配件。 来自超越目标英语 第4册
  • This meant more gadgets and more experiments. 这意味着要设计出更多的装置,做更多的实验。 来自英汉非文学 - 科学史
10 devoted xu9zka     
  • He devoted his life to the educational cause of the motherland.他为祖国的教育事业贡献了一生。
  • We devoted a lengthy and full discussion to this topic.我们对这个题目进行了长时间的充分讨论。
11 retirement TWoxH     
  • She wanted to enjoy her retirement without being beset by financial worries.她想享受退休生活而不必为金钱担忧。
  • I have to put everything away for my retirement.我必须把一切都积蓄起来以便退休后用。
12 tempt MpIwg     
  • Nothing could tempt him to such a course of action.什么都不能诱使他去那样做。
  • The fact that she had become wealthy did not tempt her to alter her frugal way of life.她有钱了,可这丝毫没能让她改变节俭的生活习惯。
13 kit D2Rxp     
  • The kit consisted of about twenty cosmetic items.整套工具包括大约20种化妆用品。
  • The captain wants to inspect your kit.船长想检查你的行装。
14 ego 7jtzw     
  • He is absolute ego in all thing.在所有的事情上他都绝对自我。
  • She has been on an ego trip since she sang on television.她上电视台唱过歌之后就一直自吹自擂。
15 swap crnwE     
  • I will swap you my bicycle for your radio.我想拿我的自行车换你的收音机。
  • This comic was a swap that I got from Nick.这本漫画书是我从尼克那里换来的。
16 hardiness Krwz79     
  • The technician was sent to measure the hardiness of the material. 这位技术员被派去测量材料的硬度。
  • It'seems to me that hardiness is the chief essential for success. 看来坚韧是成功的基本要素。
17 competence NXGzV     
  • This mess is a poor reflection on his competence.这种混乱情况说明他难当此任。
  • These are matters within the competence of the court.这些是法院权限以内的事。
18 augments 7dad42046a1910949abc6a04e0804c15     
增加,提高,扩大( augment的名词复数 )
  • He augments his income by teaching in the evening. 他通过晚上教书来增加收入。
  • Neostigmine augments the motor activity of the small and large bowel. 新斯的明增强小肠和大肠的运动功能。
19 helping 2rGzDc     
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
20 conserve vYRyP     
  • He writes on both sides of the sheet to conserve paper.他在纸张的两面都写字以节省用纸。
  • Conserve your energy,you'll need it!保存你的精力,你会用得着的!
21 averting edcbf586a27cf6d086ae0f4d09219f92     
防止,避免( avert的现在分词 ); 转移
  • The margin of time for averting crisis was melting away. 可以用来消弥这一危机的些许时光正在逝去。
  • These results underscore the value of rescue medications in averting psychotic relapse. 这些结果显示了救护性治疗对避免精神病复发的价值。
22 dividends 8d58231a4112c505163466a7fcf9d097     
红利( dividend的名词复数 ); 股息; 被除数; (足球彩票的)彩金
  • Nothing pays richer dividends than magnanimity. 没有什么比宽宏大量更能得到厚报。
  • Their decision five years ago to computerise the company is now paying dividends. 五年前他们作出的使公司电脑化的决定现在正产生出效益。
23 ozone omQzBE     
  • The ozone layer is a protective layer around the planet Earth.臭氧层是地球的保护层。
  • The capacity of ozone can adjust according of requirement.臭氧的产量可根据需要或调节。
24 erect 4iLzm     
  • She held her head erect and her back straight.她昂着头,把背挺得笔直。
  • Soldiers are trained to stand erect.士兵们训练站得笔直。
25 barricades c0ae4401dbb9a95a57ddfb8b9765579f     
路障,障碍物( barricade的名词复数 )
  • The police stormed the barricades the demonstrators had put up. 警察冲破了示威者筑起的街垒。
  • Others died young, in prison or on the barricades. 另一些人年轻时就死在监牢里或街垒旁。
26 ceramic lUsyc     
  • The order for ceramic tiles has been booked in.瓷砖的订单已登记下来了。
  • Some ceramic works of art are shown in this exhibition.这次展览会上展出了一些陶瓷艺术品。
27 fixtures 9403e5114acb6bb59791a97291be54b5     
(房屋等的)固定装置( fixture的名词复数 ); 如(浴盆、抽水马桶); 固定在某位置的人或物; (定期定点举行的)体育活动
  • The insurance policy covers the building and any fixtures contained therein. 保险单为这座大楼及其中所有的设施保了险。
  • The fixtures had already been sold and the sum divided. 固定设备已经卖了,钱也分了。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
28 gauge 2gMxz     
  • Can you gauge what her reaction is likely to be?你能揣测她的反应可能是什么吗?
  • It's difficult to gauge one's character.要判断一个人的品格是很困难的。
29 quenched dae604e1ea7cf81e688b2bffd9b9f2c4     
解(渴)( quench的过去式和过去分词 ); 终止(某事物); (用水)扑灭(火焰等); 将(热物体)放入水中急速冷却
  • He quenched his thirst with a long drink of cold water. 他喝了好多冷水解渴。
  • I quenched my thirst with a glass of cold beer. 我喝了一杯冰啤酒解渴。
30 prune k0Kzf     
  • Will you prune away the unnecessary adjectives in the passage?把这段文字中不必要的形容词删去好吗?
  • It is our job to prune the side branches of these trees.我们的工作就是修剪这些树的侧枝。
31 pollen h1Uzz     
  • Hummingbirds have discovered that nectar and pollen are very nutritious.蜂鸟发现花蜜和花粉是很有营养的。
  • He developed an allergy to pollen.他对花粉过敏。
32 relish wBkzs     
  • I have no relish for pop music.我对流行音乐不感兴趣。
  • I relish the challenge of doing jobs that others turn down.我喜欢挑战别人拒绝做的工作。
33 scent WThzs     
  • The air was filled with the scent of lilac.空气中弥漫着丁香花的芬芳。
  • The flowers give off a heady scent at night.这些花晚上散发出醉人的芳香。
34 irony P4WyZ     
  • She said to him with slight irony.她略带嘲讽地对他说。
  • In her voice we could sense a certain tinge of irony.从她的声音里我们可以感到某种讥讽的意味。
35 conspires 5b49df1543c8e2334ebf2e57090dfca2     
密谋( conspire的第三人称单数 ); 搞阴谋; (事件等)巧合; 共同导致
  • You speak as if all Sparta conspires against you. 你说得好像整个斯巴达在共谋对抗你。
  • The mystical organization syndicate, conspires to harass the social order. 神秘组织辛迪加,密谋扰乱社会治安。
36 riddle WCfzw     
  • The riddle couldn't be solved by the child.这个谜语孩子猜不出来。
  • Her disappearance is a complete riddle.她的失踪完全是一个谜。
37 shredding 5d52274bcc6c4b67c83aca2284867ccd     
v.撕碎,切碎( shred的现在分词 );用撕毁机撕毁(文件)
  • Like the Tehran experience, the shredding may be all for naught. 如同德黑兰事件中的情况一样,切碎文件可能是徒劳的。 来自时文部分
  • How shredding began is subject to some guesswork. 粉碎处理行业的起源是个有争议的问题。 来自时文部分
38 uproot 3jCwL     
  • The family decided to uproot themselves and emigrate to Australia.他们全家决定离开故土,移居澳大利亚。
  • The trunk of an elephant is powerful enough to uproot trees.大象的长鼻强壮得足以将树木连根拔起。
39 tornadoes d428421c5237427db20a5bcb22937389     
n.龙卷风,旋风( tornado的名词复数 )
  • Tornadoes, severe earthquakes, and plagues create wide spread havoc. 龙卷风、大地震和瘟疫成普遍的毁坏。 来自互联网
  • Meteorologists are at odds over the working of tornadoes. 气象学者对龙卷风的运动方式看法不一。 来自互联网
40 parasites a8076647ef34cfbbf9d3cb418df78a08     
寄生物( parasite的名词复数 ); 靠他人为生的人; 诸虫
  • These symptoms may be referable to virus infection rather than parasites. 这些症状也许是由病毒感染引起的,而与寄生虫无关。
  • Kangaroos harbor a vast range of parasites. 袋鼠身上有各种各样的寄生虫。
41 accomplishment 2Jkyo     
  • The series of paintings is quite an accomplishment.这一系列的绘画真是了不起的成就。
  • Money will be crucial to the accomplishment of our objectives.要实现我们的目标,钱是至关重要的。
42 authentic ZuZzs     
  • This is an authentic news report. We can depend on it. 这是篇可靠的新闻报道, 我们相信它。
  • Autumn is also the authentic season of renewal. 秋天才是真正的除旧布新的季节。
43 murmur EjtyD     
  • They paid the extra taxes without a murmur.他们毫无怨言地交了附加税。
  • There was a low murmur of conversation in the hall.大厅里有窃窃私语声。
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