Category Archives: Coffee talk

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • “They’re like blogs, only papery-er”

    Posted on January 19, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk.

    READ BEFORE READING: {My recent interview with Ken Druse jostled my thoughts again relative to the topic of “the future” as it relates to communication and this passion of ours called gardening.  I don’t pretend for a minute to have all or any of the answers, and you know what they say about free “advice”.  I […]

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  • Real Dirt Radio interview

    Posted on January 15, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk.

    Hey readers! Here’s a quick plug for one of my favorite gardening podcast/radio shows….ever.  Ken Druse Real Dirt is hosted by THE Ken Druse of authorial and photographic fame.  Ken’s most recent book is the beautifully illustrated Planthropology. He garnered international acclaim with his 1988 book The Natural Garden and many others thereafter. Ken was gracious […]

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