• A Day in the Field

    Posted on August 2, 2010 by Kelly Norris in From afield..., plant driven.

    It struck me during this last week that I hadn’t been on a single local botanizing foray this summer.  Not one.  After spending at least a day per week for the last two years in the field during the summer, I’ve let my busy schedule come between me and one of my favorite, pleasureful pasttimes–foraying […]

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  • The Sedum Parade

    Posted on July 17, 2010 by Kelly Norris in From my garden to yours..., plant profiles.

    Last June, I wrote about my Veronica collection in a post entitled “The Veronica Parade”.  I have a habit of interjecting the phrase “oh I collect those” in conversations between plant nerds, prompting many of my close friends to mockingly reply “Kelly, what don’t you collect?” Today I thought I might take you on a […]

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  • Of Sphinx Moths and Heady Scents

    Posted on July 11, 2010 by Kelly Norris in From my garden to yours....

    I don’t claim to have much of a sense of smell.  Because I don’t.  For whatever reason, I don’t pick up on smells like the rest of the human race, remember them very well, or recognize them easily when I do manage to sniff across one.  But recently I’ve had something of a nasal epiphany, […]

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  • In Midsummer

    Posted on July 8, 2010 by Kelly Norris in From my garden to yours..., plant driven.

    Normally I wouldn’t call the 8th of July midsummer, but in a year like this it feels like it already.  Maybe it’s because I’m not here nearly everyday like I was last the past two summers.  Time rolls on in waves of new flowers, color in and out with a rhythm I admire.  That rhythm […]

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  • A Gardening State of Mind

    Posted on June 21, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk, From my garden to yours....

    To date, I think I’ve spent one, all-out serious day in the garden.  Yesterday.  Sure, I was home for short weekends back in April, gardening for hours on end.  I was here most of May during iris bloom season, and lived outside for most of that month too.  But as far as days go where […]

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  • Besides Irises

    Posted on June 14, 2010 by Kelly Norris in From my garden to yours....

    Thought you might like to see what other perennials besides irises caught a little camera time this spring.  As most of you well know my plant afflictions run deep, and honestly irises are probably the least of my worries some days.  Here are a few noteworthy lovelies: Amsonia tabernaemontana ‘Short Stack’ –A terrific, dwarf selection […]

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  • Away to the Garden

    Posted on June 7, 2010 by Kelly Norris in From my garden to yours....

    Yes, I’ve been away.  I haven’t posted on this blog in nearly two months and at that during one of the busiest times of a gardener’s life.  I trust you won’t be too upset.  If you’re like me, I’m just rediscovering what an inbox is after traveling back and forth between Ames, our nursery, and […]

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  • Exponential Spring

    Posted on April 14, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk.

    Spring across much of the country is off to an exponential start.  The floral race began here just a few weeks ago with the Scilla and Hamamelis. Along with the rush of green things comes that seasonal rush that every nurseryman feels to his/her very core!  I’ll keep this short but wanted to sound off […]

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  • Travels near and far

    Posted on April 1, 2010 by Kelly Norris in From afield....

    I’ve almost let another month slip away without saying a whole lot.  Alas, we’ll soon be in the throws of spring (woo hoo!) and the chattiness will no doubt commence in earnest with a whole new season of gardens, favorite plants, and ideas to blog about. Just last week I spent four days in the […]

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  • Dig This!

    Posted on March 15, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Uncategorized.

    As you may remember, March is the month of my birthday, the perfect time to be born for someone so unabashedly in love with spring.  I always joke that March 1st is the ceremonial start to spring in my mind, though the calendar often doesn’t agree.  With spring comes new things, obviously, and I’ve got […]

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