There’s still lots of color to be found in my Orono, Maine garden.
I’ve had Delphinium envy for a long time.
This year it’s particularly intense.
I’ve been coveting my neighbor’s tall blue spikes for weeks.
They’re poking up all over her garden.
I can see why the centers are called bees.
I’m so glad that my very good friend and neighbor is a gardener.
I can borrow the view across the street.
Next year I will have delphiniums!!
I had the good fortune of going to Florida this winter. What does a gardener do when they’re on vacation? You guessed it – get some gardening inspiration.
I took a few Florida Master Gardener classes and learned that gardeners in Florida deal with many of the same things we do in Maine – weeding, watering and maintenance. They have examples of fabulous landscapes and many, many landscapes that consist mainly of plants shaped by people with power tools (boring).
I visited the Marie Selby Botanical Garden again.
It never fails to awe me.
There’s a greenhouse filled with orchids and lush tropical plants; I love the bamboo;
the koi fish pond
and of course, the banyon tree.
I had the pleasure of attending garden club meetings in North Port as well as Punta Gorda. A highlight of my trip was visiting the garden of Gordon Bower who is a palm tree collector.
I never knew there were so many.
Florida, I’ll be back!
Let me introduce my family…
My husband, Steven, had no idea what awaited him when he married me – a person who was happiest, outside in a garden.
He was a man whose idea of gardening was using power tools to shape vegetation (lawns and shrubs). Period. He has adapted well. He can now identify some plants and knows enough to react with enthusiasm when I expound upon an amazing horticultural find.
My son, Erik Myers and his wife Sarah Ficke live in Durham, North Carolina. They own a brewery called Mystery Brewing Company http://www.mysterybrewing.com in Hillsborough, NC. Sarah is an Assistant Professor of Literature and Languages at Mary Mount University in Arlington, VA.
This is Miss Nancy.
She was adopted from the local animal orphanage about 8 years ago. She’s totally aware that she’s beautiful.
Our newest addition is Pitou, who came to live with us after my parents moved into an assistant living facility. She’s 10 years old.
It’s been a fabulous year for The Maine Garden Journal – Insider secrets from Maine people who love to put their hands in the dirt.
When I began research for the book, I had no idea it would take more than two years to have a finished, beautiful book. What an amazing journey it’s been. It’s a fantastic feeling knowing that so many individuals and organizations believed in the project.
I had the pleasure of meeting many of the Maine Garden Journal participants as I traveled around New England speaking to plant societies, Master Gardeners and community groups about how this book was created. Many were delighted to hear highlights from the book and words of wisdom from many experienced gardeners who contributed their knowledge and experience.
Sales of The Maine Garden Journal have grown steadily throughout the year as more and more people discovered what a valuable resource the book is for gardeners in all short-season, cold-climate areas.
I’ve had wonderful reviews in top-notch publications. Read them on the media page of the website: http://mainegardenjournal.com/media.html.
Already, I know that 2013 will be another great year!
To all of you, a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year.
My gratitude and love,
Read this fabulous review of my book, The Maine Garden Journal, in the Kennebec Journal by Bill Bushnell.