June 29, 2022

On Plants and People
At the 2022 Garden Bloggers Fling

Fling 2022 Collage

The 2022 Garden Bloggers Fling is done, and I find myself reflecting on what it means. I know others have noted about past Flings how they enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. That is so true for me, too!

The plants are amazing, Madison in June was a great location for the Fling (that's why we volunteered!), and it was wonderful to tour lovely private and public gardens.

But it truly is the people who make the Fling: the attendees, the gardeners, the sponsors, and all the others who make it happen! Once everyone arrived and we began touring gardens together, my nervousness about logistics and scheduling began to fade. What a wonderful group of people!

Thanks to all who attended! Watch for more coverage here, and on blogs and social media feeds throughout North America. To learn more about this year's Fling, next year's Fling, and beyond, visit the Fling website.

And thank you, sincerely, dear Fling friends for a wonderful time together!

May 24, 2022

A Little Blog Break to Prepare for the Fling

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Two of my favorite things to do are to share plant and gardening information with fellow gardeners and bloggers here in this space, and to visit your blogs. But I must take a break.

You see, we're ramping up for the Garden Bloggers Fling in Madison, June 23-26. We have a very small planning committee, and the details and last-minute planning are keeping me very busy.

Madison GB Fling 2022 Logo hi-res

We still have a few spots left on our second bus, if you're interested in attending. It's going to be amazing! But what's most amazing is the chance to reconnect with garden bloggers and online communicators ... friends I haven't seen since 2019 ... before COVID hit.

I know I'll see some of you there. Cheers!

I'll be back here and visiting your blogs in July. Until then, happy gardening and happy blogging!

May 18, 2022

Wordless Wednesday: May Fen

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Insets, L to R: Wood Betony (Pedicularis canadensis), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana), Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea)

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January Fen

April 30, 2022

Magic Magnolia Buds

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Magnolia stellata

The fluffy opening buds of Magnolias are so fascinating; I think I enjoy them almost (almost) more than the open flowers, themselves. Many of the Magnolia trees around here have suffered slight frost damage during the past week as we flirted for several nights with nighttime lows hovering slightly above and below 32F/0C. Now it's a little warmer, so they're bursting into bloom.

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There's no denying the beauty and the magic of the buds AND the blooms.

April 22, 2022

Blooms, Buds, and Beginnings

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Spring is really happening now. I was starting to wonder...

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Because of the cool/cold weather we've had in April, some plants that were starting to bloom a month ago are still blooming. I think this is the longest the Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) have lasted. I believe this is 'Flore Pleno.'

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The plant label for these Snowdrops is long gone, so I don't know their cultivar, but they are cuties.

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The Tommies (Crocus Tommasinianus) and the Winter Aconites (Eranthis hyemalis) are still blooming, too.

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They're so hopeful and hardy.

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The Rhubarb (Rheum × hybridum) is making more progress.

And now it's time to celebrate many new garden happenings.

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Daffodils (Narcissus spp.)!

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Crocuses (Crocus vernus)!

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Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis)!

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Siberian Squill (Scilla Siberica)!

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Other plants will be filling in and blooming very soon, including Blooming Heart (Dicentra spectabilis).

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Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis). (It's a tiny one.)

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The Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) have emerged.

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The Alliums (A. giganteum) are budding. (This is either 'Globemaster' or 'Ambassador'; they're interplanted in this spot and I'll know when it blooms.) 

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The Forsythias (unknown dwarf hybrid) will be blooming this weekend.

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Along with the Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), which seem to have appeared out of nowhere. I've expanded the caging after this photo was taken; rabbits like to eat them.

Yay! Spring has sprung!

April 05, 2022

Hope for True Spring

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Finally, we seem to be turning the corner on "wintry" weather. The Snowdrops I included in my last post, two weeks ago, are still blooming with abandon. I guess longer bloom time is one benefit of a cold start to spring.

Now, with a slight warm-up, the earth is awakening.

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Alliums are making good progress.

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Rhubarb is emerging.

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The Hellebores will bloom very soon.

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And the Crocuses are now the stars of the show.

They all bring hope that true spring weather is just around the corner.

March 13, 2022

Join Me at the Madison Garden Bloggers Fling!

Madison GB Fling 2022 Logo hi-res

Dear Friends:

I'm focusing on hopeful things. In June, gardeners will gather in Madison for the Garden Bloggers' Fling, and I'm on the planning committee! The Fling is a meet-up of garden social media communicators that has been held annually since 2008 (except for a two-year hiatus because of COVID). In addition to garden bloggers, others who can attend include YouTubers, vloggers, Instagrammers, and podcasters...basically, anyone with an online, regularly updated, public outlet for sharing gardening content.

The dates this year are Thursday, June 23, through Sunday, June 26, and you can learn more and register here: Fling registration.

I may be a little distracted in the weeks ahead as we close in on the event.

In addition to Fling planning, my focus now is on the spring garden, my indoor potted plants, and signs of new life, new hope, and new blooms.

Sedum
Sedum hybridum

Lantana
Lantana camara 'Bandana Rose'

Gerbera
Gerbera jamesonii

Passiflora
Passiflora incarnata

Tithonia
Tithonia rotundifolia 'Goldfinger'

Oxalis
Oxalis vulcanicola 'Zinfandel'

Because of numerous tasks that surround preparing for a major event, I may not be as present here in the blog space for a bit, but I will visit from time to time, and I will be back and active by midsummer. And I'd love to meet more of you, in person, at the June 22 Garden Bloggers Fling!