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May 12, 2014

SPRINGTIME SHOULD BE RE-BRANDED TO NO-TIME

Our Asian Pear trees are in full bloom, and just in time for our first day of warm temperatures, allowing the droves of honeybees to make a full days work more enjoyable.

But it sure is pretty.

The experts say that what makes a blog successful is good, original content, and for a gardener who keeps a gardening blog, the month of May can sometimes provide so much content, that one can easily become overwhelmed. No worries, I am not overwhelmed (aside from some the cold weather, lack of free time, little if no help in the garden, and some serious elderly father issues that we must deal with this week )- as this seasonable cold, yet not freezing month of seasonal transition, is practically perfect. The sort of May that can actually make Californian gardeners envious. with our armloads of lilacs and fresh peonies, spring bulbs and woodland wildflower spectacle, and to top things off, the spring migratory songbirds are just arriving with enough new Warbler species, Orioles, Robins and thrushes to make the morning chorus at 4:00 almost unbearably melodic (almost).
click below for more springness.

May 5, 2014

PRIMROSES, WARBLERS AND GENERAL SPRINGYNESS

A LOVELY BRONZE AND COPPER COLORED DOUBLE AURICULA PRIMROSE GROWN BY JUDITH SELLERS AT THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMULA SHOW THIS PAST WEEKEND.

I think that I've arrived at the conclusion that plant society people ( they are indeed a 'type') always complain about the weather. This past weekend I attended both the Seven States Daffodil Show and the New England Primula Society exhibition - held  together at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden near my home in Boylston, MA. I am intimately involved with the primrose society, as many of you know, and, I do grow many greenhouse narcissus so the daffodil society is always on my radar (yes, I will join again someday, but not for a while - my pipeline for collecting plants is just maxed out, and I have to save SOMETHING for retirement).

Click below for more about the incredibly impressive primroses this year...

May 1, 2014

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY SHOWERS

It's a slow spring, which is great, since many plants are staying in the greenhouse longer, giving me extra time to plant.

A short post folks, as I know we are all busy with our personal lives, there are times when I get too caught up with deadlines too. I am moving offices at work, hosting an offsite with our My Little Pony team from the Hub and Hasbro (always great to meet with the director, writer and exec's from our LA studio and the Hub), healing an index finger infection from the alpine garden ( don't ask - but visualize that whale video on uTube when it pops and takes my nail with it), preparing a book proposal and hosting a bus load of New England Primula Society members for a garden party and cocktail party ( which, OK…. I had to cancel).

Oh, and I closed on my other house ( which is on our property -yes I finally sold it - yay!), and trying to basically just catch a breath between a long list of Powerpoint presentations including  a board presentation to our local Botanic Garden on Sunday about the Future of Guest Experience, and 3 presentations for work about exciting stuff yet stuff  I can't really share with you ( Oh Hasbro - sometimes you are like working for Google).

You all deserve a blog post, so here are some pics from last Sunday which I've been meaning to share, and since it's been raining all week, a few other dreary photos from the garden since surely, you all are getting wet weather also. Even though we all may gripe and moan about how cool and wet it has been, the plants are certainly not complaining.