Saturday, March 29, 2014

We've Been Published

Last June we agreed to have a photographer come from Garden's East to take photos for an article to be written by Nova Scotia author Niki Jabbour. Those photos were taken ~ June 15th, so our rhododendron and azalea season was in full swing.

Niki contacted us about details for the article and after a couple of Skype sessions plus a preview of the text, we were informed the article would be in the April issue of the magazine.

We received several complimentary copies of the issue just yesterday. It is entitled "Highland Heart Haven", and should be on newsstands in a day or two.

After some misgivings prior to this, we were very pleased with the end result. We had contributed many photos as supplements to those done by Adam Gibbs. We created a Photobucket Album with several sub-albums for a variety of images from our garden over several seasons. If you follow the link above, the main album comes up and the sub-albums are in the list to the left. Clicking any image will bring up a larger version and the option to view full screen or as a slideshow. Most images have a fairly good description, as we were asked for captions.

The article is an interesting blend of images taken by Adam and those we contributed.
It is always interesting to see our surroundings through the eyes of another and the magic of publishing.
The article seems to be printed in both The Garden's East and the Garden's Central versions of the publications. Here is a link to an excerpt.

March 2014 Has Very Little Resemblance to Spring

Winter here in Nova Scotia has seemed a bit interminable, but I suspect it really isn't much different than many years. We are always impatient for winter to end.
We did have a few tiny snowdrops poking through, but they have been buried in new snow.

We were blessed with one of the most potent storms of the year this past week, but subsequent to that the nearly foot of new snow has melted away very quickly. 

Some rain and milder temperatures helped. This all means we will have mud on some pathways for awhile. It is marginally better than ice!

There are still considerable mounds of snow on most of the garden areas.

We have been a bit busy with seed orders for the ARHS Seed Exchange. The bulk of those have now been dealt with, although technically we could still get orders until April 30.
This is a little overview of our "output". There have been just under 400 packages prepared. Not too bad, but it would be nice if some more of these seeds could be utilized.

We managed to get some seeds sown a few days ago and the first things are sprouting. The usual candidates of peppers, basil, petunias and a couple of new things. This is a snippet from the "Planting Calendar"

Another few Petunias seeds should be sown today.
The order of sowing is pretty much the same year after year.