T IME FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF NEWSY BULLETIN-BOARD POSTINGS, to let you know about some fun recent interviews I’ve done and also when the garden will be open for visitors. I had better get to work, I guess, if you’re all coming. Oh, my. Meantime:
Rural Intelligence, the indispensable year-old blog that’s a guide to the tri-state area I live in, helped me celebrate my first blog-a-versary this week with a 20-questions meme-type interview. If you live nearby, or you’re planning a visit to this area (maybe to see my garden, details below), be sure to check in with RI first, and make a real day or weekend of it.
A crafty tripleheader: I keep saying I’m not crafty, but throughout my career I’m always surrounded by crafters. Hmmm….Lately, I am grateful to a few new ones I think you’ll want to meet, including:
Diane Gilleland, aka Sister Diane, a real missionary in the world of crafts, created a podcast with me this month on her Craftypod blog on the subject of creative cross-pollination. (I’m sorry, I just cannot stop speaking in botanical terms. It’s a compulsive disorder at this point.) I had such a nice time speaking with Diane (and she’s from Portland, Oregon, prime gardening territory); you can hear the podcast here.
Ann Shayne of Mason-Dixon Knitting blog, while calling me a “zookeeper” (in the nicest possible way), also called AWTG “a rich rich rich gardening blog.” (I didn’t even pay her to say it.) Ann and her collaborator, Kay Gardiner (who in the spirit of her last name recently finished this amazing peony memory quilt) are my new favorite duet. Not to mention hilarious.
And then there’s Posie Gets Cozy, aka Rosy Little Things. While waiting for some bananas to ripen last month, the proprietor Alicia Paulson of the twice-botanically-named blog, mused thus: “I want to be a gardener. Like Margaret.” Thanks to her, and don’t miss her recent post that included the dreamy notion of flower windows, inspired by the paintings of Swedish artist Carl Larsson, one of Alicia’s muses. (Sigh. Gotta get me a flower window.)
Open Garden Tours
Saturday, August 22. Copake Falls Day. My little town’s second annual such event includes (you guessed it) another open day at my place. Non-townies also welcome. Details as we get closer to the date on their website and mine.