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A trifecta of garden-related tidbits in the news today

The village of Plandome Manor has adopted a

The village of Plandome Manor has adopted a law banning the keeping of live chickens without the village’s permission in 2005. (May 30, 2012) Credit: AP

If you've been following the news today, you might have noticed an interesting trend: Gardening and garden-related topics have surfaced in a triplet of stories from around New York.

Exhibit A: As Newsday's Gary Dymski reports, a Greenport woman is facing a petty larceny charge  after allegedly stealing eight perennial plants from an Agway nursery in Southold yesterday, according to police. Margaret Alper, 67, was released on bail. I only have one question: Perennials are pretty big — how did she sneak eight of them out of the nursery?

Exhibit B: Jennifer Barrios reports on Newsday's Long Island Now blog that James Brodie of Plandome Manor, who wanted to keep a small flock of chickens in his yard, had his bid denied by village trustees, who were concerned about "potential nuisances caused by the birds." Brodie appeared incredulous: “There’s nothing not to like about chickens,” he said. I agree. If permitted (and if I had more time), I'd certainly want to keep a few chickens in the yard — and bees.

Exhibit C: I learned this morning from Pop Cult blogger Kaydi Poirier that adorable little Mara Wilson — who graced the silver screen in the title role in "Matilda" and as Robin Williams' youngest daughter in "Mrs. Doubtfire" is all grown up and offering advice to wayward former child stars, particularly Lindsay Lohan: "Take up botany or something." Wiser words were never spoken.

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