With over 675 entries sent in, check out the WINNER and finalists in Walt Handelsman's latest Cartoon Caption Contest!

In the Weeds

We received 692 entries in this week’s Cartoon Caption Contest with lots of funny, wacky, creative entries! Our winner played on the “calming” aspect of gardening in this hyper-crazy world. We even had an entry from the island country of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea, over 5,700 miles away from Louisiana. Great job, everyone!

As always, when we have duplicate entries, and we always do, we pick the earliest sent in.

Here are your winner and finalists.


Lynn Wismar, Kenner: (Punchline lettered into word balloon)


George Cawley, New Orleans: “HEY! This must be where I dumped the crawfish boil water!!!”

Eileen Turowski Taylor, Walker: “I’m not a garden hose reel!”

Joseph Guidry, Lafayette: “This begonia is getting all up in my ‘hibiscness’!”

Joe Alford, Baton Rouge: “I Fought the Weeds and the Weeds Won!!”

Scott Stoulig, Ponchatoula: “All I said, was I was gonna take a little off the top!!!”

John Weger, Baton Rouge: “I guess I won’t need a ladder to trim the Crepe Myrtles!”

Dottie Anklam, Baton Rouge: “Hon, what are you feeding these guys?”

Gerald (Jerry) Hanafy, Metairie: “Honey, I’m getting way to wrapped up in my gardening!!”

Paul Stuker, Hammond: “You said that gardening would lift my spirits, but this is ridiculous!”

Tanja Cilia, Malta, Europe: “Jack, I been stalked.”

Isobel Campeas (Age 7), Metairie: “Ah! You tangled with the wrong man!”

Kenny Mathews, Mandeville: “Your plan to win Yard of the Month might die on the vine!”

John A. Hanley, Baton Rouge: “In case you’re wondering, this plant is considered aggressive.”

Jim Williamson, Mandeville: “That’s Some Crabby, Crab Grass!!”

Deidre Charlot, New Orleans: “But they weren’t labeled magic beans!”

Edie Rosenblum, New Orleans: “Sweetie, remember when we discussed moving into a condo and letting a professional do the garden?”


Karen Poirrier, Lutcher: “This is a rematch, and I’m losing!!!”

Stuart Clark, Lafayette: “I call this da vine intervention!”

Lisa Winningkoff, Metairie: “Helen! Be careful where you sprinkle the Miracle-Gro!”

Charles Theaux, Ponchatoula: “Where’s our son Jack? And where’s our cow?”

Jane Goodman, Baton Rouge: “I told you to stick with artificial flowers!”

Frank Johnson, Laplace: “Call Dan Gill, we have an emergency.”

Brian Sons, St. Petersburg, FL: “So are we still up in the air about using weed killer?!”

Bryan Reuter, Metairie: “I told you I didn’t want to get wrapped up in this gardening project.”

Rich Wolf, Westminster, MD: “We’re gonna need a bigger weed whacker!”

Jeff Calmes, Baton Rouge: “Call Jack!”

Rhonda Green, Metairie: “I think we went a little heavy on the fertilizer this year.”

Bill Magill, Baton Rouge: “This gardening is starting to grow on me… LITERALLY!”

Vincent Caracci, Metairie: “I told you I’d find out where I spilled the fertilizer!!”

Bob Ussery, New Orleans: “How mulch can one person endure?”

These were blooming great!

Best -- Walt

Email Walt Handelsman at whandelsman@theadvocate.com