Saturday, April 13, 2013

Ambassadors Bearing Gifts

The beauty of the applied Fibonacci Sequence

As Winter has determined Spring's arrival will be on pause...

Sweet Autumn clematis trapped in ice

Not only trapped in ice, my Lapin cherry is suffering peculiar tortures all its own to conform to my evil designs.  See the strings? E-s-p-a-l-i-e-r...

As the Ruler of my own little part of the blogosphere, also the Head Gardener, Chief Cook, and Dog Walker of the Kingdom of Talking to Plants (because frankly there is no one else to talk to and nobody listens anyway...),  AND IT IS TRYING TO SNOW AGAIN!!!

(Jason, You need to up the Gardener Suicide Watch you have secretly implemented on my Kingdom.  Be sure all the hori hori knives, dibbers, and pruners are accounted for and in a safe location.)

During these overcast and cold days of Sprinter (a new season we have here in the Kingdom of Talking to Plants, declared by the Ruler when we are already six weeks beyond meteorological winter...and our forecast and environs look more like smack-dab in the middle of Winter, except for terribly random minutes of sunshine--which should be announced with the fanfare of those long trumpets (with no keys requiring a lot of lip work to play)-- so no subjects of the Kingdom miss even one errant minute of sunshine, because we are decidedly UV light-deprived as well...

So during these sad times here in the Kingdom we have used this rectangular Magic Looking Glass thingee to visit other kingdoms far and wide in the World of the Blogosphere. 

We have seen corpse flowers in bloom, flowering cherry and almonds, hellebores (all you gardeners who can grow hellebores-- of the non-foetid sort-- may rot in hell), dogwoods, women who recklessly run with delphiniums (!), other nearby kingdoms also caught up in the chilling grip of Sprinter,  and the cheerful and joy-filled daffodil watchers of the kingdom to the north. 

Additionally, Ambassadors from other lands, blue jays, robins, and the like (in addition the the Crown Prince Handsome Son and his Fair Lady) have been visiting the Kingdom of Talking to Plants.  The aforementioned Ambassadors have been treated to two beautiful, dried head of sunflowers, a collaboration between the Head Gardener, Baby Gardener, and Gardening Twins and Our Kingdom's Math Department. 


You get the idea...

The jays are the first I have seen this Sprinter, having been absent all Winter. They showed off their colorful finery to the amazement of the subjects of this grey Kingdom.  A group of 3 (5? very rowdy, spurious, and frenetic) male robins have also provided entertainment in the form of a joust over the wing of a rather dowdy lady robin, however, she seemed to have chosen a choice nesting spot just off my deck.

So entertainment for sunflowers seeds, a fair exchange.  (The Crown Prince desired more substantial fare.)

So reading on the travails of other parts of the Blogosphere, I sometimes desire to reach out and hand another kingdom either this seed or that, or a division of a hosta, or a piece of a clematis.  An ambassador bearing gifts, in the form of pass-along-plants.  Looking around the Kingdom, I realize this has long been a tradition amongst gardeners.

I am open to any and all suggestions for exchanges amongst the Kingdoms of the Blogosphere. 

So what are we gardeners still looking for this Sprinter?  Hankering for seeds of native plants (penstemon digitalis, ligularia dentata or japonica, clematis heraclifolia, etc.), extra heirloom tomato seeds from that packet (because God knows you probably don't need to plant the entire packet-- and like the growing season is even going to be long enough to ripen tomatoes anyway!), a division of a neat-o hosta (should they actually poke up their pointy eyes), a cutting from Clematis Josephine (or any others), some of The Fairy rose?  Something else, piece of a sedum (I think I need to do a feature this next week on the many sedum I have! Check back!)?

Anyone?  What are you looking for?


  1. I don't suppose you have any yellow Oenothera fruticosa? As for me, I can offer all kinds of volunteers or divisions of many plants, mostly native, but I'm guessing you would have all of them already.

    And don't worry, I will arrange for extra precautions. Please hand all your belts and shoelaces to the nice lady.

    If it makes you feel any better, we got a bit of snow this morning, though it didn't stick.

  2. You are looking for the evening primose? I have a perennial variety of oenothera and I have fruticosa in a couple flats I am growing from seed. They are looking very nice. I can send some your way after a bit. I don't have everything, really... but I'll keep my eye open on your blog Jason for something I'd like a cutting of or seed from!