1. Find other duos with matching hair:
This is Ulf Skogsbergh with one of their divine chickens
This is my brother-in-law David and me
And on that note, go and visit family.
I had a wonderful time in Maryland.
2. Read a little Proust...
To get you started, consider this:
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our
3. APPRECIATE the LESS OBVIOUS in the Garden:
Fascinating contortions of the Harry Lauder’s
And Cryptomeria cristata
Color of Bark
4. Learn fascinating new subjects, like:
Small Miracles of the Desert
This gorgeous clustering beauty was sent to Lys by her dear friends who live in the
Bedouin Village of Petra,
where it has just snowed, which is a startling
happening in the desert.
I'll let Lys tell you more about
Egyptian Meadow Saffron
and why we are so lucky to know about it.
Mushrooms Create Their Own Weather
How weird is that?...but this seems to be the result attested to by some academics from Trinity College and reported by The Daily Mail UK
Of course, Brits do like to exaggerate and mushrooms haven’t really figured out everything; but they concur that mushrooms, somehow, create their own special breezes and little windtunnels to carry their spores.
(which is how they propegate)
And the tests were conclusive on Shitake and Oyster mushrooms - my favorites.
5. Watch the carniverous plants grow...
This delightful insect-eating pitcher plant came from festive Marders
during the holiday season...
absolutely delighted to see it throwing up its veiny and other-worldly new shoots
(or flouresences or stalks,
not sure of this nomenclature)
The carniverous plant specialist chosen by Marders
is right on our own North Shore firstname.lastname@example.org,
this is a Sarracenia,
the expert's name is Eric
and he did promise this
would thrive outdoors in a boggy but sunny spot.
6. And it goes without saying
ORDER NEW PLANTS FOR SPRING
On these blustery, icy stay-inside days, there is
nothing better than perusing
the plant catalogues. What I like least is deciding
which to actually order from, and then what to buy: considerations of sun, shade, space, and $$$.
Here are a few little tips:
Get lost in the catalogues but order online...at least then you can keep track and they usually add up the order as you go...so it is not so startling
when you total it up.
Stagger their delivery (put in your agenda or calendar) so that the plants don’t arrive all at once.
I have made this mistake more than once.
My first order progressed because I was totally charmed by the genially seductive cover of theDIGGING DOG Nursery Catalogue
and of course, Digging Dog
is an especially cute name and the Egyptian dogs
are quite divine.
Plus they had things I have been searching for (another criteria, because it is so easy to order things
you have really no place for but are enthralled by the pictures or descriptions)
like weeping and variegated-leaved Tricyrtis (toad lilies that bloom in September), trillium, geraniums to experiment with and one of those must-haves
that Ken Druse advised:
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’... the one with big thick leaves that turn burgundy in the fall ..
This catalogue has charming line drawings and you can go to their site
for most pictures
There is a great pile of catalogues on my
desk that I am sorting through daily...