The Vermont Gardener

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I owe it to Rick Anderson of the Whispering Crane Institute to finally nudge me over to The Vermont Gardener and take a look. I had seen VermontFlowerFarm join the Gardening group at LibraryThing and had checked out the profile, but never got any further than that.

Turns out I’ve been missing a real gem. George Africa writes with gentle humor and a real love of plants–all plants–and everything in the natural world. I particularly enjoy his adventures with Karl the wonder dog. (There’s a bit of affectionate sarcasm in that moniker.) George and his wife have been running a professional nursery for decades, so interspersed with his quiet meditations you’ll find some excellent garden advice, such as his recent remarks on hostas. I’ve just added his feed to my Bloglines account and after visiting his site, I bet you’ll want to do the same.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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