• Fall Dirt Digging

    Posted on October 21, 2007 by Kelly Norris in Uncategorized.

    It’s no secret that I’m in love with fall. Colorful leaves, migrating birds, cool temperatures, colchicums, reblooming irises and a host of other self absorbing minutiae consume me in the autumn of each year. Among these, and not a minutia, is the annual ritual of planting bulbs, otherwise known as my shameless attribution to Dutch […]

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  • You'll be there, right?

    Posted on October 9, 2007 by Kelly Norris in Uncategorized.

    November is fast approaching and for Iowans who like perennials, an early Christmas comes this year on the 10th. The annual Herbaceous Perennials Symposium will be held at the Scheman Building on the campus of Iowa State University. Coordinated by my academic advisor and dear friend Dr. Cindy Haynes, the well-known horticultural symposium draws top […]

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  • Travels Here and There

    Posted on October 9, 2007 by Kelly Norris in Uncategorized.

    It has been a very busy past few weeks and I’m ready to be home for a while. From Sept. 28 through Oct. 2 I was in Oklahoma City for the Garden Writers Association Symposium. The occasion of winning a 2007 Silver Garden Media Award (pictured above) was marked by fellowship with fellow plant fanatics […]

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  • A fall border

    Posted on September 24, 2007 by Kelly Norris in Uncategorized.

    The herbaceous border on the east side of my house has been a landscaping debacle for a good ten seasons. I chastized its condition when we moved into the house 11 years ago, especially that following spring when its one dimensional design buffeted the senses with gaudy orange poppies and sky blue irises. What’s more […]

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  • Recent reading

    Posted on September 22, 2007 by Kelly Norris in Uncategorized.

    As Ethne Clark as so aptly observed, autumn is the forgotten season in the garden. Recent reading has found me investigating the importance of all of our seasons in our dyadic garden. Aesthetically, fall is visually rewarding and hard to beat. Rich drupes adorn shrubbery. Golden coins dangle from tall trees. Sunsets blaze from canopies […]

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  • Thoughts: August Rains

    Posted on August 25, 2007 by Kelly Norris in Uncategorized.

    For me there is a disconnect between August and rain. Rain is a tiding of spring, nurturingly refreshing life from it’s winter slumber. It’s also a respite after a sweltering day in late-June when the oppressing humidity gives way to rain’s tumultuous thunder and dewey drops. But August just doesn’t make sense. Trodding through my […]

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  • The Party in Bakersville

    Posted on August 11, 2007 by Kelly Norris in Uncategorized.

    This past weekend, August 5-6, I had the good fortune of speaking at the Baker Creek Heirloom Summer Garden Show. I was in the company of fellow raconteurs Doug Olson, Wesley Green, Merlyn Neidens, Len Pense, and Andy Thomas. Doug’s book Grow Organic is on my desk and I hope to offer a review (along […]

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  • Here's what folks are saying:

    Posted on July 28, 2007 by Kelly Norris in Uncategorized.

    Betty Jane Pothast from the Clay County Garden Club was kind enough to send the following: “Everyone is commenting about your wonderful program and presentation. Your enthusiasm for iris gardening was so dynamic and interesting…You’re slides were so colorful and outstanding….Thank you for coming to Northwest Iowa!” Thank you Betty and Clay County Garden Club!

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  • A Plant to Thrive

    Posted on July 27, 2007 by Kelly Norris in Uncategorized.

    Torrents of rain splash against the worn shingle roof of my Ames apartment. The pleasant, pearly droplets of a summer rainstorm are mild and refreshing. This summer has not afforded me or my garden with this simple pleasure nor has it offered either of us respite from the sweltering heat and humidity for which Iowa […]

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  • Thank you Clay County Federated Garden Club!

    Posted on July 7, 2007 by Kelly Norris in Uncategorized.

    A world of thank yous to the Clay County Federated Garden Club for your enthusiasm, interest, attentiveness, and wonderful questions. You were a delightful group to present to and I can only imagine the quality and quantity of projects which you must take on in the community. I promised additional information. Here are some links […]

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