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Showing posts from September, 2013

An Invitation to Natural Discourse

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 w

Monarch Waystation Open for Business

Thanks to Monarch 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.