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February 9, 2015

ATTENTION PEOPLE OF SNOWY EARTH - THE DAHLIA IS BACK (AND ALMOST SOLD OUT)

THE DAHLIA IS AMERICA'S NEW SWEETHEART (AGAIN). MY ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT IT SEEMS ALL OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VARIETIES ARE ALREADY SOLD OUT!

Really, this new dahlia rage shouldn't be a surprise to any of us at all -  as the signs were everywhere. Farm stands, farmers markets both have been selling out of virtually buckets of dahlias for the past two years, and then there are those oh-so-sick (as in awesome) images over at Floret Farm - seducing us into wanting not only every single ball and dinner plate cut flower dahlia there is, but to also quit our jobs and move to Seattle where we can hang out our laundry on the line, and run all tanned, barefoot and bearded through a perfectly solar-flared bedazzled flower farm field in the holder alpen glow of ----oh wait, that was my fantasy --sorry. All of this endless snowshovelling is affecting my brain).  Still, for whatever reason, and there are many, the dahlia is officially back. 

Yay, right? 

Well, not if you are trying to find some of the best colors - why does it seem that all the good ones are all sold out? OK, if you are interested - here is my story:

February 2, 2015

EVERYTHING IN MODERATION; EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO AMARYLLIS

IF  HALLMARK WANTED TO  COMMERCIALIZE ON GROUNDHOGS DAY, SURELY THE AMARYLLIS WOULD BE ONE OF THE DECORATIVE ELEMENTS - THE AMARYLLIS ALREADY OWNS FEBRUARY.

Indulge me for a moment. An Amaryllis post? Really Matt?

I know, I gripe about gardening blogs which sometimes resort to weak, generic content - repeat posts or just useless bits of information that one can get from any old Google search, yet - these bulbs which are blooming today are just plain awesome - and since my camera is right here in front of me, here are a few shots, and a few notes on what I think about the rebirth of the Amaryllis.

February 1, 2015

A WINTER DAY AT TOWER HILL BOTANIC GARDEN - FLORA IN WINTER

A DEEP BLANKET OF SNOW COVERS THE WINTER GARDEN IN FRONT OF THE ORANGERIE AT THE TOWER HILL BOTANIC GARDEN AS 'FLORA IN WINTER' KICKS OFF WITH A BLIZZARD OF FLOWERS.

It seems as if every time I visit Tower Hill Botanic Garden near me in Boylston, MA, I am surprised lately - and this past Saturday has again, surprised me - so many events all happening at once - there was hardly any parking ( and it wasn't just because of my sold out sweet pea workshop which was held first thing in the morning! Thank you everyone who attended, what a great class - I promise that I will post the sweet pea varieties here at the end, so that you will know which varieties you all left with! Still working on that list, but here is what happened today;