Sunday, December 28, 2008

'Twas the Day After Christmas

Ginny Smith, ace Gardening Writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, profiled me for their December 26 edition. Here's the online version. She spent a few hours interviewing me earlier this month and even called my dear old Dad for a quote or two.

Michael Perez, one of the paper's top shooters, had a tough job finding a suitable background for a winter portrait but got creative with the framing. They also ran six pictures of mine.

Some of my blogging friends (Susan , Nan and Christa) picked up on the interview and gave the story an even bigger boost.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Les Knuckleheads

Welcome to our two new rescued friends! Romeo (top) and Sasha, resulted from Sue visiting a PAWS storefront shelter just to make a few inquiries. We were looking for a pair of dogs that had lived together and there they were stuck amongst the two dozen cats and kittens. Romeo is a Cocker Spaniel but Sasha's pedigree has defied everyone's attempts to unravel -- head of Boxer, chest of a Pitbull, legs of a Bassett and ears of a bat! She also gets these groovy Sharpei forehead wrinkles when she's puzzled. Both lovable as all heck but they have their issues. LOTS of energy expressed through running, chewing and barking -- the local squirrels are getting a workout and our cats are talking to their lawyers...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Princess and the Bulb

Just before Thanksgiving, I had the honor of documenting a celebrity gardening event at the NYBG. Their Seasonal Walk, a long border just outside the conservatory, has been thickly planted with a sophisticated mixture of flowering bulbs and perennials following a plan generated by two of the world's top garden designers, Piet Oudolf and Jaqueline van der Kloet (above), both of the Netherlands.
Borders within the bed were marked off by colored ribbon and thousands of bulbs were expertly distributed amongst the already planted perennials by Jaqueline and Frans Roozen, Technical Director of the International Flower Bulb Center. Despite the freezing temperatures, the garden crew followed behind and dug the rich mix of major and minor bulbs into the hard crusty soil.Tovah Martin, the demigoddess of horticultural writers, was also in attendance proving that frozen fingers and lips are still capable of asking good questions and taking notes.

The real media event followed the next morning when Princess Margriet of the Netherlands arrived with her husband Pieter van Voallenhoven and Todd Forest of the NYBG. Kneeling on clean burlap and using a trowel engraved with the royal crest, the Princess cheerfully popped a few tulips into the ground. This picture was quickly emailed to de Telegraaf in Holland to make page three that evening.