September 29, 2013

Garden Bloggers Conference and visit to Kathy Purdy's

Oneonta, New York farm
Central Upstate New York state, with its rolling hills, early fall foliage and 19th C. farmland.

This past weekend, I ended my whirlwind tour of speaking engagements in beautiful upstate New York where I was a guest speaker at the Adirondack chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS). Now, I finally can rest, and reflect on the past three weeks - as there are no more speaking engagements for me through the rest of the year. Time to focus on work, some blog tweaks and, well, Lydia, our Irish Terrier female who is due to deliver a litter of puppies any day now. Joe leaves for the Montgomery national terrier show, where Weasley is showing, and leaving me with the rest of the 'kids, and taking care of my father for a few days. I'm OK with this quiet time, as I can focus on some work design projects, and then this weekend, start the awesome task of moving plants back into the greenhouse.

September 27, 2013

Fall Display Ideas in Dark Purple

Autumn cut flowers
If you have Cochicum blooming in your garden right now, why not discover how
long these flowers can last in water? Hint - longer than a week.

My whirl wind speaking tour is almost over, as I drive 6 hours to upstate New York to speak tomorrow at a meeting of the Adirondak chapter of the American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) at Cornel University where I will be presenting a talk about winter blooming bulbs. After an amazing and inspiring few days in Atlanta as the Garden Bloggers Conference last week, I am both energized and exhausted. I made many new friends as well as meeting dozens of other garden bloggers who I only knew as thumbnail images and hashtag handles. Isn't 'real' better than digital sometimes?

September 20, 2013

No holding back Autumn

Cute, 'Teddy Bear' Sunflowers provide tall, bright and well-needed color in the late, summer vegetable garden.

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in. I've been busy preparing for a few speaking engagements, plus selling a house on the property, my father and his health (updates on that later), and of course - work. Plus all of this travel ( I'm off to Atlanta this weekend so speak at  the Garden Bloggers Conference, so I am super excited, as this sounds like it will be a great event, and a chance to meet lots of other garden bloggers, and some peers in the botanical world. I will try my best to post some images.