• First Words

    Nary a word has left my mind, dappled across my keyboard, and onto the screen in the last month that hasn’t had something to do with my book or thesis.  At least for the next few months ahead, until spring inevitably diverts my attention to the real matters of life–flowers–I’ll be on the lam from blogging.  Of course in context that isn’t all that much compared to the prodigious outputs of my blogging colleagues around the net!  I’ll keep things updated as well as I can and rest assured you’ll hear from me, just maybe not as often as in recent months.

    The future ahead–2011–looks jolly and bright.  With any luck I’ll finish my M.S. degree in July and move on with a much anticipated year off from school.  I plan to devote time to the editing process of my book Bearded Irises (due out in April 2012 from Timber Press), pursue some smaller writing projects (perhaps another bookazine?), lecture, catch-up on some projects at Rainbow Iris Farm, and travel in search of great plants.  When I get a little frazzled with the present, I dream ahead to those late summer days.  They can’t come soon enough for this plantsman!

    A note about my lecturing–I’m going to take advantage of this year reprieve to really ramp-up my speaking and appearance schedule.  I’ve had to turn down requests in the last couple of years due to a need to balance my time away from school.  As you can imagine, I just hate turning people away.  If your group, event, or conference is looking for a professional dose of passionate plantsmanship laden with youthful zeal, I’d surely love to hear from you.  Use this contact form to get in touch!

    I hope the comforts of winter find you as they’ve found me, even though they’re few.  I make time in my week for savory bread puddings, hearty soups, winter ales, an eclectic audio feast ranging from Rachmaninoff to Sondheim, and as many glints of spring as I manage to rustle from the Internet or my bookshelves.  A gardener has needs after all.  Though I appreciate winter least of all seasons, I remember that no garden blooms without first pausing to rest.  That’s probably not bad advice for gardeners to live by either.

One Responseso far.

  1. Even as shrubs break bud and the mulch greens up, I long for snow. The winter break needs to be longer for me this year–I didn’t get near enough writing / reading done so that I feel I’ve earned the garden. Which is why it’s taken me 3 weeks to cut the plants back.

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