September 18, 2016

An Extraordinary Dahlia Show Kicks off a New Dahlia Society

It's official, the dahlia is back, and it's pretty safe to say, "in a giant way". If you haven't noticed, the dahlia is quickly becoming falls most sought after flower for weddings, garden displays and in containers. The color palettes are incredible, the forms - so diverse that there are dahlias for every style, from the tiniest 1 inch blooms of ponpoms and ball forms, to the giant 'dinner plate' types. Not to mention all of the tempting ones in-between - pointy cactus flowered forms, goofy-centered anemone types and all types of multicolored forms. A dahlia catalog can cause anxiety given the wide selection and choices one must make, but at least the don't break ones wallet - most tubers cost less than $5 so one can afford many (not to mention that by fall, one may have a bundle of tubers).

Last February I announced here that I wanted to start a local New England chapter of the American Dahlia Society, but I had little idea on how to accomplish this alone.  After a few posts on this blog, and Facebook,  within a day, (really - in just a few hours thanks to Facbook), a few enthusiasts came forward expressing interest in joining, and nearby chapters as well as the American Dahlia Society all came together to help start this brand new chapter. Successful doesn't even sum up how well this first show went - which was held at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA this past weekend, but I will say this - many thanks to the Boylston Police department for helping to direct traffic and for setting up extra lanes for cars turning into the garden.

September 14, 2016

The Curious World of Carnivorous Plants

Oh those Gooey Glands and Hairy Appendages. A little sinister, bit scary and somewhat beautiful -the world of carnivorous plants attracts fans from all populations, from the youngest kids to the gnarliest biker dudes - as experienced this past weekend at the fall Carniverous Plant Show held by the New England Carnivorous Plant Society at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA.

I can't say that I've ever attended a carnivorous plant society show before, so this was new to me - but I had been forewarned that these shows are a bit crazy - crowded, busy and packed with enthusiasts of all ages. In fact, I was so encouraged by the scope of the crowd at this weekends' show, I have never seen so many young people (i.e. "folks under 40") attending a show, let alone so many kids.

These are popular shows, and it's no wonder why. Carnivorous plants are fascinating, to say the least. Not truly 'man-eating', these plants still offer enough interest to appeal to this very broad audience. It's fun to see second graders mingling with surgeons and tattooed bikers, yet at the same time, everyone shares a common interest - a passion for death and beauty. Who'd a thunk? 

September 6, 2016

What's Happening In and Around My Garden

I've been neglecting both writing about what's been happening around the garden here, as well as actually spending time in the garden (it's just been either too hot and humid, or I've been traveling on the weekends). There are endless excuses, as usually, but with the return of cooler weather, I've somehow found the energy to journey out an see what's happening. So, a bit of a random post on what I am seeing around the garden on this first week of September as a tropical storm is tempting us with some rain which seems to be just out of reach, this time, as Hermine heads out to sea.