• Up in the Air

    Posted on September 9, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk.

    No, I haven’t seen the movie, but as I wrote that title it prompted me to scurry over to Netflix and add it to my queue.  I loved the trailer.  It captured the thrill and rush of travel that I live for, the pace, the small conversations in nonchalant pubs and cafes in terminals countrywide. […]

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  • Pearls of Planty Wisdom

    Posted on September 1, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk.

    From time to time, the biodiversity of the world imparts pearls of planty wisdom.  Gardening is a lifelong learning experience, one that never ceases to amaze me.  Though I’ve gardening for around 19 years of my life–at one time on a scale of marigolds and pumpkins, and at present on a scale of acres–I’m still […]

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  • Another Diatribe on Gen Y Gardening

    Posted on August 27, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk.

    If you need someone to blame for yet another diatribe on Gen Y gardening, direct your browser to my friend Doug Green.  Feel free to give him credit too if you find this post praiseworthy. I guess I feel like a broken record sometimes, preaching the good word about why Gen Y is the next best […]

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  • August After a Rain

    Posted on August 17, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk, From my garden to yours....

    Iowa weather is admittedly strange.  We whine about the cold in the barest months like January and February, while often sporting a few degrees more than places farther north.  We whine about the sweltering heat in stifling months like July and August, while still registering cool temperatures and less humidity than climes farther south.  But […]

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  • Sisyphus and the Bamboo

    Posted on August 14, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk, From my garden to yours....

    Though you may be familiar with the story of Sisyphus from Greek mythology involving a boulder, my version involves a 10-gallon nursery container of black bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra). According to mythical legend, Sisyphus was a Greek king punished in death for his deceitfulness with the endless and unavailing task of pushing a boulder up a […]

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  • Fine Gardening Debut!

    Posted on August 12, 2010 by Kelly Norris in shameless self promotion.

    Quick gardeners, race for the newsstands and check out the latest issue of Fine Gardening (October 2010 issue).  If you’re a subscriber, you’ve no doubt received your copy in the mail already.  Flip forward to page 30 and you’ll find yours truly with a “dirty”-y, devious look writing about the five stellar deer-proof plants.  It […]

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  • Gardening in August…

    Posted on August 12, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk, From my garden to yours....

    , at least in places with real summers, requires a tenacious constitution and a steady supply of hard liquor (for us drinking sorts).  As for a tenacious constitution, I indulge in aimless teeth-gritting, occasional swearing, and fitful stamping as rivulets of sweat run down my nose.  But I grow on in spite of whatever weather […]

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  • ISU Extension Hort Calendar on-sale now!

    Posted on August 10, 2010 by Kelly Norris in shameless self promotion.

    So I decided to add an additional category for blog posts–shameless self-promotion.  And here’s the first one! The 2011 ISU Extension Horticulture Calendar is now for sale!  And guess what?  The photography is courtesy of yours truly (including the cover shot!)  For only $6.00 and written by two of ISU’s top extension horticulturists (Dr. Cindy […]

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  • Baked

    Posted on August 7, 2010 by Kelly Norris in From my garden to yours..., plant driven.

    For as long as I can remember, Augusts in my Midwest garden call to mind the word baked.  Particularly the last few years.  It rains, rains, and rains for days and months on end, breaking records and flooding fields.  Yet just as abruptly as it began, it comes to a fast halt.  Then it gets […]

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  • A Little Rant on New Plant Development

    Posted on August 3, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk.

    Pardon this rant on the business of new plant development.  A recent conversation on Facebook about the performance of a new, yellow shasta daisy called ‘Banana Cream’ led my wanderlust-prone mind to think about the how our green industry develops, promotes, and sells new products.  This whole post really has nothing to do specifically with […]

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