• Check out my exhibit!

    Posted on November 9, 2011 by Kelly Norris in From my garden to yours....

    Some of you remember that through September and October, I was the featured photographer at the Des Moines Botanical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.  My exhibit entitled ‘Fall is for Flowers’, featured 40 images that displayed what is all too often overlooked about autumn–the flowers that comprise the finale of the growing season.  I went […]

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  • For the Love of November

    Posted on November 5, 2011 by Kelly Norris in From my garden to yours..., plant profiles.

    Over the last few years of this blog’s existence, I’ve spent some time on a number of November occasions (in 2007, 2009, 2010) extolling my surprise, if not bragging at little, at the beauty my Zone 5 Iowa garden boasts in the penultimate month of the year, while also reporting such joy from the road (again in 2009, […]

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  • Fall on Fire

    Posted on October 17, 2011 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk, Poetry Monday.

    Yesterday, I spent the afternoon wandering the October quiet aisles of Cox’s Plant Farm near Clayton, Indiana.  I came across some lovely, handsome, and well-grown chrysanthemums, which coming from a ‘non-mum’ fan means a lot, and stole away with some ultra-cheap Crocosmia for breeding work.  Against the overcast sky, their flowers blazed.  And that’s what I love […]

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  • Pausing at Dusk

    Posted on September 19, 2011 by Kelly Norris in From my garden to yours..., Poetry Monday.

    Today, for some random reason, I remembered this poem I wrote last fall (see below).  I often find myself thinking more about light in the autumn than any other time of year, perhaps because it’s manifested so beautifully in our landscapes.  The dancing colors in deciduous leaves.  The earlier nights and richer sunsets.  The dappled […]

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  • Happy Birthday, Blog!

    Posted on September 7, 2011 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk.

    I really do have more to share with you (a LOT more to share) than just a silly happy birthday wish for an otherwise dormant blog.  But the nursery (Rainbow Iris Farm) has kept me hopping lately, especially as I’ve donned the ambitions of dividing existing collections, adding new beds, and trying to squeeze in […]

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  • Cool

    Posted on August 15, 2011 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk, From my garden to yours....

    August weather in Iowa is rarely described with adjectives like ‘mild’ or ‘cool’.  But this August, we’re blessed, after suffering through three weeks of 95-degree heat.  To our friends in warmer climes still suffering, my condolences.  This last week has made for famous gardening weather.  I’m still behind on all the things I’ve promised–how typical–though […]

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  • Plant Driven: The Black Hills

    Posted on July 22, 2011 by Kelly Norris in From afield....

    As promised, we’re on the road in search of great plants.  However, technology is really fighting us this trip and with this limited internet connectivity, we’re unable to load all the posts (with photos) and clips as promised live from the road.  At the latest, they’ll be up when we get back to Iowa on Monday. […]

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  • A Summer Pursuit of Plants

    Posted on July 18, 2011 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk, From afield..., plant driven.

    I’m back!  After a long absence, it’s a pleasure to return to they keyboard and share with you the inklings of tentative plans for the future and a summary of the path I’ve just traced to get to this point.  2011 will go down as a full year in my book. In the months since […]

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  • First Words

    Posted on January 31, 2011 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk.

    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 […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: Frosty

    Posted on December 29, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Wordless Wednesday.
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