But one day I noticed a lot of color over there. It peaked my interest so I walked over to see, I saw several rows of flowers. I thought now that is neat, Mr Nelon is growing Mrs Nelon some flowers as well as vegetables. Before the week was out, I began to notice the whole garden, about 200' x 60' was flowers. I was in my twenties, I had never seen a real flower garden, I was fascinated.
I know a tulip, rose, pansy and carnation (if I smell the carnation), but many of the flowers I did not know. Mr. Nelon introduced me to them, but I soon forgot.
My fascination continued when I saw folks stopping by to purchase bouquets, I thought, "Well, I'll be danged, I thought only florists sold flowers." I learned he also sold to florists. He loved those flowers and seemed to carefully cut them with love. They were there all spring and summer. I never saw grass growing in the rows, it was a beauty to behold. He would give me one every once in awhile to take to Sherry.
My Nelon was a tall fellow, not skinny but well built. It seemed to be a contradiction to see the big man show so much love to flowers.
We lived next door for a couple years then we moved. We were back by there a year of so ago, Mr. Nelon's house and garden are now gone, and a commercial auto shop is there, they deal with antique cars, I missed the house and garden, but thought it fitting someone was rebuilding history.
You don't meet a Mr. Nelon often, and I never again saw a flower garden except in pictures as I have inserted here.