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Special Delivery…

Special Delivery…

marigold heart

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for the kind notes, cards, comments, well wishes and condolences regarding the loss of my four-legged friend, Boz. While Gracie and I are faring well, we still sorely miss the farm’s Master and Commander. So please accept these flowers from my gardens, fields and heart as a small token of my appreciation for your kindness and gracious words. I feel blessed to be able to share their beauty, and I only wish these petals and stems could be in a vase on your kitchen table. Again, thank you my friends.

Dahlias: sunshine in a vase
Dahlias: sunshine in a vase


A wave of marigolds…


Sunflowers “Santa Lucia” shine on an old blue trunk


Cafe au lait dahlia, tasty on all levels
Dahlia “Cafe au Lait” is a bit of a showoff.


summer harvest
A seasonal arrangement where summer flowers and autumn harvests collide.


tom in the garden
Goodbye and well wishes from this grateful farmer. Thank you.


  1. Hi Tom,

    I’m sorry I didn’t hear the news sooner. Our farming paths haven’t crossed yet, but I hope they do someday soon. In the meantime, I wish you and yours much peace, love, and laughter.



  2. Tom, we are so sorry to hear of his passing. I will ring the chimes in our glen in his memory and hope you find peace in all the great memories you must have of your friendship.

  3. Thank you for sharing these beautiful flowers and your writing, growing, and arranging artistry with us this morning! A very Happy Equinox to you, Gracie, and Boz the Spirit Dog Master and Commander.

  4. The flowers and colors are breathtaking and so beautifully offered. But . . . goodbye? My heart would be sore. All the very best to you and Gracie always, Tom.

  5. Hi Tom,
    I am shocked and saddened to hear of Boz’s passing. 🙁
    I am so glad I was able to share about his wonderful life with you and Gracie on
    your lovely Vashon Island home. He will remain forever in my heart.
    Sending love to you and Gracie

  6. Hi Tom,
    I’ve thought of you often after reading about the loss of your friend, Boz. I think that post brought back memories to all of us who have lost dear dog companions. I’m sorry for your loss and wish you the peace of knowing his spirit lives on.

  7. You have an amazing green thumb Tom! Your pictures make me want to take a trip to Vashon Island in September sometime;-) Boz will always be with you in your heart, and with us, your readers, through all your wonderful pictures, videos, and blogs. Thank your for sharing.

  8. We as a family of three dogs (Harris, Saige and Abbey), Miss Meg (the kitty) and friend V want to thank you for being a special human. Love is a gift that never goes and you will always have that in your heart.

  9. Tom, your floral tribute is wonderful. I wish that I could grow flowers as great as those. We will keep Boz in our memory and you and Gracie in our hearts. We will never meet, but you and Gracie are my friends.

  10. Tom, we all miss The Boz and know your and Gracie’s loss is far deeper. But the gift of your BLOG and your sharing the bits and pieces of Boz & Gracie, everyday life and Vashon Island farmer wisdom is treasured by all your fans. Tears shed and grief felt are the true measure of love and honor. We all hope that when we pass, we will be remembered as well for there is no greater tribute. Thanks for the flowers. They are lovely.

  11. Of course, I didn’t know Boz personally. But I just have this feeling that he would have loved the colors you chose for this floral heart. Spirit Dog, someone said. I like that. All flowers bright and sunny for you, Master Boz. Thanks, Tom. You are very dear to a lot of people you’ve never met.


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