Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Thanks to Sargent's in Rochester, MN, www.sargentsgardens.com, for hosting their annual Garden Party this summer, and for inviting me to be there with my book, All the World in a Blade of Quack: Reclaiming a Garden, Growing a Gardener. I enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people and seeing lots of old friends--even helped a few people pick out annuals and succulents--what fun! There are no strangers among people who love plants. Sargent's have copies of Quack for sale, too, for anyone who needs a little inspiration--or who is already starting to shop for Christmas (and you know who you are--go for it!)
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Friday, October 5, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Seeing this sandhill grazing in a meadow near Herbster, Wisconsin, made me wish a crane would visit my garden. I've had everything from hummingbirds to wild turkeys there, but so far never a crane. What a delight it would be to see that lithe, elegant body slipping through the lilies. Cranes are migrating now. And I'm wishing I could see that particular piece of garden art waiting some morning when I go out to water.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
You might be surprised to learn that this is a picture of a hummingbird. Yes, the hummer working my roses and cleomes this morning as I sat in the garden, writing in my journal, hovered so long in one place that I figured even I might be able to get his picture. I ran to the house for my camera, waited for him to reappear and then started shooting away with my mighty Canon (not the boom-boom kind.) I now fully understand the difference between snapshots and photographs, as if I didn't already after having collaborated with wildlife photographer Jim Backus on four books. If Jim had taken the photo, you would see a picture of a hummingbird with flowers in the background. Maybe it's the gardener in me that brings out the flowers... Anyway, I did manage to capture this digital image of the little wonder, though his/her iridescent body barely shows up against the background greenery. Can I help it birds wear camo?