Monday, August 22, 2011

SAGBUTT Reunited and on tour!

 Oh happy day when you have the opportunity to gather with a fabulous bunch of gardeners eager to share stories and make new ones. After a months long hiatus, SAGBUTT (Seattle Area Garden Bloggers United to Talk) met at my home to catch up with familiar faces and meet a couple new ones! And thanks to Kit at Gardener's Roost, we had the added joy of visiting the gardens of some NHS board members, including the zany Ciscoe Morris, who entertains and informs with much loved theatrics.

 As expected, his garden was packed with vibrant, eye-catching foliage and flowers. Plenty of eye candy to make this gardener think "oh la la!"

Much to my delight, there were several Oakleaf Hydrangea tucked throughout Ciscoe's garden.
The man himself, sharing garden wisdom with SAGBUTT members.
On hand for good food and great fun was Kit, Paula at Petunia's Garden,  Catherine of A Gardener in Progress, Alison over at Bonney Lassie, Molly of Life on Tiger Mountain, Julia of Polka Dot Galoshes and Yvonne. Not a bad showing for getting the gang back together on a whim. And it wasn't just all play, we got down to business and roughed out a gathering "schedule" to take us into December 2012. Next month is a tour of Seattle area P-patches, and in October we' ll visit Soos Creek Botanical Garden in Auburn followed by Volunteer Park Conservatory in November. If you don't want to miss out, be sure to join our group on Facebook for more details on gatherings and impromptu meetups.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The only things thriving in my garden ...

Yup, children. The children and the chickens are the only things thriving in my garden this year. The rest is overgrown, under watered or just plain dead. So of course I'm a bit nervous about hosting a handful of local garden bloggers in, oh, 10 hours. But it will be good to talk about gardening and find out what everyone else is doing in their gardens.
So far this is who says they're coming: Paula at Petunia's Garden,  Catherine of A Gardener in Progress, Alison over at Bonney Lassie, Molly of Life on Tiger Mountain, Kit from Gardener's Roost, plus Yvonne and Julia.
It will be good to catch up and compare garden notes, or lack thereof. I have to say the handful of times I've gathered with this group, SAGBUTT for those unfamiliar, I've always had a fabulous time and came away inspired and rejuvenated. It's a wonderful thing to meet up with great people and fun gardeners! Over a couple years, the group has met at Molly's home, as well as Daniel's farm, the Center for Urban Horticulture, and Washington Park Arboretum. And this time around, Kit has graciously invited the group to tour some gardens associated with the Northwest Horticultural Society, so the day will just keep getting better.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Growing a Gardener

Big Brother picked carrots the other day, then washed AND peeled them while I was still outside.

It's moments like these that I cherish our garden even more. It not only provides us with wonderful food but offers such an array of teaching tools and moments, often without us even trying.