If it's any indication of how busy I am in May, I'm just getting around to posting about Berry Go Round #39 - that was up all month at Foothills Fancies! Sally is one of my favorite nature bloggers, and I hope you ramble on over and check things out there.
Look out! Later this summer osage+orange is slated to host BGR!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Lombard, Illinois was the host for the 2011 International Lilac Society convention. They were gracious to invite E and I as guests for dinner last month. It was a genuine treat to revisit Lilacia Park, where I once plied my pruners over twenty years ago. It was even better fun to see how the collection and park have grown and improved in the last two decades.
They say that we all stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. This odd little collection of lilacs was started in the 20's, with the help of Jens Jensen - no less. The intervening years have brought many changes to this gem, but it still shines, brighter than ever. It was a nice place to work, and I learned a lot. Mainly, I remember some really great people, some who are friends to this day.
Lilacs are shrubs that merit more attention and respect. Most people think of lilacs as utilitarian plants that come in one color: purple. How many of us knew there are literally hundreds of cultivars that have been developed over the years? It seems they are more fondly regarded in Europe (France and Russia come to mind) than they are in America. But they're still durable fine plants for cold climates, especially if you have a sunny spot in your yard.