THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE CELEBRATED BIRTHDAYS with me here on A Way to Garden any of the last four June 10ths know the routine: I show you my favorite childhood photo (above), and then try to make you read an essay that I wrote to mark my 35th. Or you can skip it and just chip in for a new umbrella as a gift. Kidding–since truth be told, what I like about the snapshot is its optimism: Busted umbrella? No worry. To quote Leonard Cohen: There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in. A good mantra, for gardeners and old gals. Here’s to imperfections!