Sometimes you just need to go out ‘late’ to be entertained. And that’s just what we did.
Yeah. That polar vortex that descended upon the midwest this past week… well, I was not a fan. I wasn’t a fan when it delayed my journey back to Missouri, from Ohio, by a day. I really wasn’t a fan when I started traveling (finally!) on Tuesday, only to get stopped in my tracks on I-74. And stopped again in my tracks on I-70. I continued my great dislike when the semi in front of me started sliding on black ice. And when I started sliding behind him, I just wanted to avoid smashing into the semi to my left and to find a hotel where I could spend yet another night away from my own bed. The next day, I found the roads in Illinois confounding. One minute they were perfectly clear. The next minute they were slick with ice. And then they became an odd washboard of ice and pavement, all the while leading past the carnage of torn, mangled, and wrecked vehicles. I cannot pick one photo of said vortex-influenced weather. I’m just so glad I made it home… finally.
Fall is here, officially, in Missouri. Leaves are turning and temperatures are dropping. It’s been a beautiful fall and so I thank Mother Nature for the seasons. Thank you for slowly moving to winter, instead of abruptly turning 90 degrees from one to another. We really do appreciate it.
[Image credit: Amy L. Darnell]
To ‘celebrate’ the final day of Fall Break 2012, I decided to explore the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area here in Columbia. I think I should make this a part of my weekends from now on. Maybe next time, I’ll meet this blue heron again.
[Image credit: Amy L. Darnell]
I like to consider myself a pretty good amateur gardener who could’ve been very happy as a botanist. This summer, before the heat and draught abducted my spirit, I happily watched my newest garden additions grow. Heirloom gladiolas named “Boone,” were a delight in my garden. As I often do, I decided to take photos of the newest flowers. I was so pleased with my purchase from Old House Gardens, a company that specializes in heirloom varieties, that I e-mailed them a copy of a photo. Low and behold, they asked to use it in their newsletter. And in their newsletter they said this:
‘Boone’ Rocks Amy’s Garden — and the Cover of Fine Gardening
A huge bouquet of ‘Boone’ glads from our micro-farms was gracing our office work-table when an email arrived reminding us that even one ‘Boone’ can be a thrill. “I just wanted to pass along a photo of my lovely ‘Boone’ gladiolus,” our good customer Amy Darnell of Columbia, Missouri, wrote. “I am so, so glad I bought it!”
Then the very next day the October issue of one of our favorite magazines, Fine Gardening, arrived with a big beautiful clump of ‘Boone’ on the cover! At first we didn’t recognize it because it looks vivid orange in the photo rather than the soft apricot it is in our gardens, but we know how hard it is to get flower colors just right. And although the accompanying article says it’s hardy in zones 8-10 only and will probably need staking — which is usually true of mainstream glads — ‘Boone’ is a hardy perennial here in our zone-6a gardens, and we never stake it. See Amy’s and FG’s photos — and then maybe grab a few for your own garden? As Amy says, you’ll be so, so glad you did.”