More bulbs emerge daily now in my landscape (THANK YOU, BULB HUNTER!), but super excited that so many of my daddy’s poppies came up from seed. He always gives me tons of the tiny black seeds and although I put them out in the fall – as directed – either the birds or mulch make sure I never see a one. Not this spring! I was later getting mulch down than usual, and the warm winter (and my relatively squirrel-proof feeder-in-a-box) gave the chickadees and other songbirds more than enough to choose from without raiding the poppy seed stash.
This week my friend, photographer Kym Maier took new promo shots of me for my new book BLOOMIN’ TALES coming out in 3 three weeks. I was more than a little surprised to see a middle-aged relative looking back at me when I proofed the photos……. (Guess I’m only middle-aged if I live to be 102, right?)
The next couple of weeks I’m hard at work getting together my upcoming talks. Also hoping my two bales of straw get distributed evenly around the strawberries, tomatoes and peppers between rains this weekend. Maybe the skunks that call my yard “el bano” will earn their keep…..
A few weeks ago in my travels I visited my co-author on HEIRLOOM BULBS and his wife at their cabin in East Texas. When I commented on a healthy looking amaryllis in a pot on their deck, Rebecca and Chris insisted I hop over to their Southern Bulb Company farm and take a few bulbs for myself. What a joy to come out this morning to yet another bloom on this gorgeous plant! I cannot believe less than a month ago what I planted has now emerged as these gigantic blooms. It was merely a handful of energy, waiting for a little sunshine and rain to explode. On my gardening blog next week, I’ll tell you the simple ingredients needed to make this miracle of life occur and ANYONE can do it!
I want to thank my Aunt Sammie for accompanying me on a wonderful trip last weekend to the Texas Hill Country to speak about how to use roses in the landscape at the state’s annual Herbal Forum. Besides the fantastic sights, smells and loads of information, what a great bunch of folks! Great talks, too. Ethne Clark, editor at Organic Gardening Magazine (see photo below) showed us the gardens from her last few moves (England to Austin to Iowa, oh, my!). Mike Shoup, Rose Rustler and owner Antique Rose Emporium, showed us some of his favorite gals and Henry Flowers, the garden director at Festival Hill, gave us a mini-tour of history through a ROSEY lens. We spent the night at beautiful Festival Hill in Round Top, falling in love (again) with the gardens and historic buildings there. Here are a few photos, including the Washington County bluebonnets beginning to peak out from among the grasses and other wildflowers. If you’ve not gotten a chance to visit, I highly recommend a trip. If it is vacation from traffic you are desiring, you might make sure the annual antiques sale is not going on at Round Top when you make your plans. I’m telling you, people are SERIOUS about their bargains, aren’t they?