Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Garden bloggers attending this year's Fling in the San Francisco area were treated to a reception at the home of artist and garden designer Shirley Watts. A photo I took that evening of the glossy rose hips forming on a Rosa glauca later created an opportunity to speak with Shirley on a number of our shared passions. She's asked me to spread the word about one of them - a Symposium on Natural Discourse to be held October 10, 2013 in Berkeley.
Here's their website for details and tickets:
We simply have no idea who a person truly is when we first meet. A person's reputation or celebrity is simply a costume worn in particular settings, and we're fortunate on rare occasions to truly know one another. One of my favorite parts of our annual Garden Blogger Flings is knowing a little more, settling a layer deeper, growing real friendships with others.
If you have the opportunity, enrich your life and widen your circle of friends by attending this Symposium.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Thanks to Monarch Watch.org for their beautiful graphic. Check out their website for information on creating your own "Monarch Waystation."
Just a quick note to say that Monarchs are now being sighted in my Austin area garden. Kidneywood (Eysenhardtia texana) and various Asclepias seemed to be their favorites this morning, but they also flitted without landing among the Gregg's mistflower (Conoclinium greggii) during the time I stood transfixed and delighted.
Please comment with your location if you're also seeing my favorite little southbound fall transients in your garden.