Of love and late-summer flowers

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about love and late-summer flowers. I’m not sure what brought on these musings, but I think it may have something to do with turning the big double nickel last week. I’m a late-summer flower myself. I’m also helping my mother sell her home and move into independent living, letting…

Five lessons from the Garden Communicators’ annual meeting

I was going to write “Five lessons from GWA” because it’s short, to the point and SEO friendly, but the organization’s new name, GWA, the Association for Garden Communicators, tries to encompass all the ways we communicate about gardening. I think we should change the organization’s name to GCA, get a redirect link for the website…

Travelogue: Sissinghurst Castle

For those of you who don’t know, Bill and I took a little trip to LONDON and PARIS!! Can you see me dancing a happy dance? To use another worn metaphor I’m still dancing on air. Sitting here, a cup of tea at hand, and trolling through my photos, I’m still pinching myself at how fortunate I…

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: August

Did you ever wonder where the term, the “Dog Days of August” came from? Do you suppose it refers to hot weather and a general malaise? Well, sort of. The Romans named the days from July 23 through August 23 for the dog star, Sirius. Romans feared these days so much that they did some vile stuff to appease their…

Gardening like a Mad Woman

The last couple of weeks, I have gardened like a mad woman. Everything looks a lot better. Even though I’m sore, I’ll garden like crazy again today. Why? Because I’m terribly behind, and the weather has been as cool as iced green tea. Today is forecast as hot and windy, but I’ll be out there again….

Puttering and potting up

Whew! I’ve been working steadily to get The 20-30 Something Garden Guide done, and writing, proofing, editing doesn’t leave much time for anything else, especially blogging. I miss you guys. I did write a post on the 20/30 Something blog if you want to go visit. Still, I had one day this week where I stepped…

What a garden show should be: the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Birches, chamaecyparis and confers of all types mixed with red-twigged dogwoods, hellebores and hamamelis (witch hazels) artfully blended to create scenes of Great Northwest fantasy. I heard several friends were going to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Tired of brown Bermuda and trees without snow, I decided to use some of my points, fly…

Personal treasure

I really debated about whether to embed this on my blog because it’s truly personal. On my mom’s birthday last weekend, she showed up with a DVD of some footage recorded when I was four years old. It’s the only Super 8 film they had although my dad won a camera. I asked Bear, my…

It’s the little things . . .

As I ate two, beautiful eggs from our chickens this morning, I thought, “It’s the little things which satisfy.” I’ll try to keep that in mind this Advent season if I get caught up in the hustle and bustle to make everything “just so.” The perfect tree, the perfect mantle decoration, the perfect post ….