Category Archives: plant profiles

  • For the Love of November

    Posted on November 5, 2011 by Kelly Norris in From my garden to yours..., plant profiles.

    Over the last few years of this blog’s existence, I’ve spent some time on a number of November occasions (in 2007, 2009, 2010) extolling my surprise, if not bragging at little, at the beauty my Zone 5 Iowa garden boasts in the penultimate month of the year, while also reporting such joy from the road (again in 2009, […]

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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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  • 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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  • Zoneworthy at the Des Moines Botanical Center

    Posted on January 9, 2010 by Kelly Norris in Coffee talk, plant driven, plant profiles.

    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 […]

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  • Reflecting on the Season: A Thriving Crowd

    Posted on November 13, 2009 by Kelly Norris in From my garden to yours..., plant profiles.

    Each year I reflect on the season past, usually for most of the winter.  (That’s a period of cold, gray, dismal nothingness for you southerly sorts.)  When I think about the season, I think about my plants.  My favorites.  The stars and divas.  The sulkers and misbehavers.  For ridiculous fun, I’ve decided to reduce my […]

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  • I Get a Kick Out of…..Clematis

    Posted on August 13, 2009 by Kelly Norris in plant profiles.

    Though I’m betting ol’ Frank never laid eyes on Clematis heracleifolia, I’m still going to make reference to that classic cocktail standard like he had.  I suppose I could beg the question “what else”, sounding a little cliche at the incinuation that the only August-blooming plants worth raising a glass to are, of course, the […]

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  • Ecstatic for Eryngos

    Posted on July 12, 2009 by Kelly Norris in plant profiles.

    I have no idea what eryngo means, beyond just a vernacular permutation of the botanical Eryngium.  But I do know what they are–fantastic garden plants. Who can’t help but love eryngos?  They boast bristly, pokey texture like nothing else can.  Despite the fact that in Zone 5 I’m on the short-end of the evolutionary stick (there are nearly […]

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  • Diva Plants

    Posted on July 8, 2009 by Kelly Norris in plant profiles.

    Every garden grows a few divas, plant world-rocking earth mamas that know how to put on a show. Maybe it’s a pass-around plant that’s gotten out of control running everything else over in colonizing fashion.  But it could as well be a highly sought after accession worthy of all the glitz and glam it can […]

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  • The Veronica Parade

    Posted on June 16, 2009 by Kelly Norris in From my garden to yours..., plant profiles.

    I’m in love with Veronica, the spike speedwells that make such terrific perennials in my USDA Zone 5 garden.  I probably grow more than a dozen cultivars, but I’ve sort of lost track.  Every time I see one, I grab it.  Plant collecting…what can I say? This installment will be the first of several throughout […]

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  • The Dawning of a New Day in Echinaceas

    Posted on October 22, 2006 by Kelly Norris in plant profiles, Uncategorized.

    Echinacea ‘Sunrise’ is a good plant. Such a blunt and lackluster statement bears further explanation. Much excitement surrounds the genus Echinaceaat the moment and why wouldn’t it with such a tremendous effort in expounding on its natural diversity? However, one need bear in mind a vow of temperance when evaluating the outputs of these breeding […]

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