• Poetry Monday

    Posted on December 6, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk, Poetry Monday.

    Well there you have it.  I’ve decided to post a little snippet of poetry every Monday (or at least every Monday that I think about it).  In the last two months, I’ve taken to writing a collection of poems themed on the seasons–a special passion of mine as you know.  I leaked some verse in […]

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  • My Garden on Thanksgiving

    Posted on November 24, 2010 by Kelly Norris in From my garden to yours..., plant driven.

    Reprising that late autumn stroll around campus in my own garden today, I ventured out into the mist with the camera to hunt up the mainstays of November, or the last of the (plant) Mohicans.  Though this fall has been colder than last year (see last year’s Thanksgiving post here), a humble crop of cold-proof […]

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  • The Aesthetics of November

    Posted on November 22, 2010 by Kelly Norris in plant driven.

    Admittedly gardening isn’t much on the minds of temperate-climate gardeners these days, except in dreams.  November, along with its sinking temperatures, brisk winds, and societal reminders of early winter holidays, closes the door on the season past with a firm slam shut. But the landscape still lives in spite of nightly frosts.  Without adulation and […]

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  • Dirca by Day

    Posted on November 12, 2010 by Kelly Norris in From my garden to yours..., plant profiles, shameless self promotion.

    Since starting my M.S. degree in horticulture at Iowa State last fall, I’ve wanted to write on numerous occasions about my research, but just haven’t found the time. Though I moonlight in my professional life as a plant breeder, by day I’m a plant ecophysiologist, someone who studies and describes physiological mechanisms underlying ecological observations […]

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  • What Garden Writers Can Learn from a Kayak

    Posted on October 23, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk.

    Tonight, like many nights, I ambled out in the minutes before dusk for a stroll at my favorite park–a reconstructed prairie at the site of a former quarry.  My often solo traipses around the meandering trails of Ada Hayden Park turn up an awful lot of ideas–most quirky or dorky.  But tonight in those waning […]

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  • Wordless Wednesday: A Bevy of Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

    Posted on October 20, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Wordless Wednesday.
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  • Wordless Wednesday: On Halcyon Autumn Days…

    Posted on October 6, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Wordless Wednesday.

    So here goes my first Wordless Wednesday post…why I’ve never done this before now is beyond me.  But enjoy these autumn images (yeah…guess this wasn’t so wordless after all!)

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  • Garden Writers Day 3 & 4

    Posted on September 18, 2010 by Kelly Norris in From afield....

    I guess this counts as a late recap of the final two days of Garden Writers.  Since arriving home late Monday night (13th), I taught my herbaceous ornamental plant ID lab at Iowa State and then flew to St. Louis on Wednesday for the a talk at the Missouri Botanical Garden that night.  I’m back […]

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  • Garden Writers Day 2

    Posted on September 12, 2010 by Kelly Norris in From afield....

    In a word–HOT.  At least this afternoon and evening.  You gardeners down here deserve medals (and kudos) for creating beauty amid the assault of heat. The sessions today probably caused the most neurons to alight in my head.  I’ve surely got lots of ideas to impart in various forms over the coming weeks and months, […]

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  • Garden Writers Day 1

    Posted on September 11, 2010 by Kelly Norris in From afield....

    I always struggle with where to start after first days at conventions.  In the company of great plants, great people, and great tomfoolery (I just love that word), it’s hard to focus my thoughts–harder than normal at least. So I’ll keep it all planty this round.  Today I found myself in the company of Dan […]

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