Wednesday, February 06, 2008

A Quiet Winter.....

Sorry folks, the blog still remains at the bottom of the "to do" list.

None the less, it has been a quiet winter punctuated by several trips and visits with old friends. I was jolted out of the usual winter slumber yesterday by a seminar held annually by Atlantic Nurseries, a specialty wholesale nursery on Long Island NY. I have been attending these seminars each winter for almost two decades. They are a chance to see your old friends in the professional horticultural world and learn a thing or two in the process. Also, they were always my wake-up call to start planning the spring season for my design/build business. I am mostly retired now with only a few projects on the horizon but I still felt the juice in the room - spring is nearly here.
The topic of this year's seminar was "Creating Great Gardens" with noted writer/designers Suzy Bales and Tracy DiSabato-Aust as speakers. I want to single out Tracy's newly re-released book "The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting & Pruning Techiques" for special mention. I have been pruning perennials professionally (nice alliteration, ha!) for twenty years and I truly did not expect to learn much. How wrong. Tracy introduce a technique called premptive pruning - pruning to delay or extend bloom time (so that bank of asters would bloom after your client returned from their annual vacation instead of during...every year!) I would have liked to have had that tip articulated so well years ago. Get the book!
Suzy also has a new book out: The Garden in Winter: Plant for Beauty and interest in the quiet season. I have not read it yet but the pictures, as always, are beautiful. Her talk at the seminar was pulled from her 2004 book: Down-to-earth Gardener: Let Nature Guide you to Success in your Garden. I have not read that one yet but Suzy used photos from the book for her talk - beautiful and exhuberent!

It's grey and rainy today but after the seminar yesterday it's o.k. I'm juiced too! Spring is coming.


Sarah said...

Today definitely (and disquietingly) felt like Spring--damp and warm enough to shed my coat. And my paperwhite bulbs (which Matt got me about a week ago and have sprung up before my eyes) just started blooming. Hooray!

Heloise Bottomley said...

I'm just glad to have you back Kathryn. Summer is slowly winding down here in S.A.