AGNES IN THE GARDEN: In the first short entry, I told about my father's buying the Collins House in 1998 just four years before he died at the age of 97. At that time the house was referred to as the Bonn House for its longtime owners, Walter and Agnes Bonn. I remember that my parents often stopped by when they spotted Agnes working in their backyard vegetable garden. My mother especially liked Agnes's Goldenglow, an old-fashioned flower that provided color on the alley. Goldenglow, a variety of the native coneflower, is considered a heritage flower and is sometimes referred to as the "outhouse" flower along with hollyhocks for screening privies. Read more . . .