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A Call For Questions

With trepidation, I’m stepping into the chair of C.L. Fornari as I fill in for her this weekend as The Garden Lady.  If you don’t know the show (it is new) it a call-in radio show that airs on AM 680 in Boston on Saturdays from 1pm – 3pm.

Rochelle Greayer on the Garden Lady wrko 680am bostonSo this weekend (May 2nd, 2015), it will be me – answering calls live from gardeners in the area.  I’d love to take some of your questions so please – if you have something you are dying to ask — leave a comment or email me or tweet or whatever…. and I will try to answer on air this weekend.

xx

-Rochelle

p.s. Please, please, please ask a question….don’t be fooled by my totally posed and poised picture and calm seeing words (fake!)….the more I think about this, the more I am completely freaking out… having a plan – some questions in the bag so to say – will help me immensely – all I can think is – what the heck and I going to talk about for 2 straight hours!!!  TX – R

 

 

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Exhibitions & Events 8 Comments

Flowers on Cakes – A Trend Report and a Creative Challenge

When I arrived home from Florida yesterday (I was there speaking at Epcot’s International Garden Festival) I noted a few daffodils in bloom along the ride home from the airport, but none (yet) in my own garden. Then this morning….I peeked outside to see a couple of yellow dots had suddenly appeared overnight in an otherwise brownish landscape. (Woohoo!!)
Cake flowers - Trends in using garden fresh flowers on cakes) by abby larson for www.pithandvigor.com
I’ll go inspect more closely once the rain stops.  

But you know what this means?  It means that we are officially in garden flower cutting season!

 
And you know what that means?  Well, for me it means roughly five – or maybe even six (if I’m lucky) months of free floral decorations to experiment with.
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Eats, Snippets Cutting Garden 4 Comments
Meet Some Awesome People

Meet Some Awesome People

I am a little behind with this post (I meant to do this right after PITH + VIGOR’s print Issue #2 came out – and I am so sorry that I am just getting to it now) – but I want you to meet a bunch of super fantastic people.  They are each so talented…

Arbor Day Special : How to Place and Plant Trees

Arbor Day Special : How to Place and Plant Trees

For many states, Arbor day is the last Friday of April, but there are plenty of places where the annual tree planting day has either passed already or is right now (Southern States, California, and New Mexico). So in preparation for National Plant a Tree Day, I thought I would share a few thoughts about…

BOTANICUS INTERACTICUS – Interactive Gardens

BOTANICUS INTERACTICUS – Interactive Gardens

I’m headed to Orlando next week to speak at the Epcot International Garden Festival.  I’m excited, but still have to put final touches one of my two presentations and I am also quickly sneaking up on some big deadlines to get the next issue of PITH + VIGOR out in Late May (I hate to ask…

Table Shopping

Table Shopping

I’m in the market for a table for my patio. As soon as the weather warms and dries, I’ve just got to finish staining the pergola (black) and then it will be ready for styling and furniture. I’ve got four amazing vintage dumpster diving chairs that are being re-wrapped and will basically look just like…

Printable Plant Wrapping Paper

Printable Plant Wrapping Paper

As the spring flowers start to peak their little tips above ground, I am reminded that we are entering into flower picking season.  Last year, where ever I could, I passed on the standard bottle of wine hostess gift and instead made arrangements from my garden. They were always more appreciated and to be frank,…

Growing Barberries for Yotam Ottolenghi Recipes

Growing Barberries for Yotam Ottolenghi Recipes

If you are anything like me, food and home cooking featured strongly in your activities last weekend (it was a holiday weekend after all).  Lately, all of Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbooks (Ottolenghi, Plenty, Plenty More, and Jerusalem) are in heavy rotation in my kitchen.  Saturday night I made the Lemony Leek Meatballs accompanied by the Latkes (which interestingly…

New PITH + VIGOR Newsletter

New PITH + VIGOR Newsletter

I launched a new format for the PITH + VIGOR newsletter this morning.  I’m feeling much better about what it is (I’ve never liked it before – but struggled to get my head around what it should be). I want it to be a special and inspirational note for those of you who have signed…

Mulch-less Gardening With Beautiful Ground Covers

Mulch-less Gardening With Beautiful Ground Covers

Let’s face it, anywhere you put mulch, you can dig a hole and plant ground cover. Indeed, ground cover plants are simply living mulches that don’t cost time or money to install every spring. Just like mulch they help retain soil moisture, and they keep weeds from crowding in. Ground cover also provides an extra…

Easy Earthy Easter Eggs

Easy Earthy Easter Eggs

I had a hunch that my kid’s temporary tattoos might be my easy trick for making interesting eggs this year.  It turns out the idea works pretty well with a few pointers (see below). I opted for the ‘of-the-season’ butterfly collection, but I think that some of the graphic patterns – perhaps some celtic symbols (Easter is…

Beautiful Baptisia + Peonies = Glorious Early Summer Arrangements

Beautiful Baptisia + Peonies = Glorious Early Summer Arrangements

Have you ever ‘weeded’ out a plant – sure that it was a nuisance only to realize later that it was something you intended? I have.  About 5 years ago I inadvertently massacred about eight Baptisia australis that I planted the previous spring. They hadn’t bloomed (given their first year status) so a year later,…

Needing Street Wisdom

Needing Street Wisdom

I’ve been really frustrated with myself for the past few days.  I had a revelation; an idea I was really excited to write about – it was insightful, it was interesting, it was motivating and original….and I had it while I was walking my dog last week.  Then a guy in an orange jeep drove up,…

Morimo Balls – (Pun intended)

Morimo Balls – (Pun intended)

A couple of weeks ago, when I was speaking at the Philadelphia Flower show, I picked up some Aegagropila linnaei – also known as Torasampe or Morimo, from City Planter’s show booth.  Morimo are an algae that naturally forms into round ball shapes and though they are not related to moss at all, it is easy to understand…

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