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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Greetings from frigid Iowa! My heartfelt thanks to the 100 plus attendees of my lecture “ZoneWorthy: Underused Plants for Zones 4 & 5” at the Des Moines Botanical Center this morning. It’s always great to start a new year of lecturing activities with an energized, inquisitive local crowd. To check out the slate of upcoming […]Continue Reading... 9 Comments.
I like to think of the autumn months as the calendar’s candy shop. Bright colors, sweet sights. Each year the grandest and most august of seasonal shifts lends the landscape a richly saccharine palette. From the licorice red colors of maples to the butterscotch tones of oaks and witch hazels, deciduous trees and shrubs shed […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
Autumnal nights come fast. Racing the setting sun, I sped with trowel and bucket in tow around the garden, quickly tucking in the last of my weekend purchases and watering them. Bats buzz bye, darting past my head as they bypass the security light. Though I love fall, I can’t help scorn the last of […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
It goes without saying that I’m a wanderer of wild lands, though I’m often asked why. Wild lands are the frontiers for garden plants, whether in Iowa or the Ozarks. Frontiers are full of wonder, bewilderment, and the ripe occasion of failure. Not everything found will suit American gardens. Nobody will find everything they’re looking for […]Continue Reading... No Comments.