Saturday my gardening friend & I journeyed to one of our favorite places--Streamcliff Farm--in southern Indiana. We had signed up for a "Spring Flower Conference/Flower Pot Work Shop". We about froze!
As soon as we got there we headed for the gift shops, mainly to keep warm! The little lady working there said that we were having "daffodil winter". First time I had ever heard that gardening tale! She also said that we have 4 "winters" before warm weather comes. Daffodil, redbud, dogwood, & blackberry winters. My Mom had always talked of blackberry winter...but the other 3 were new to me.
We started out with lunch provided by Twigs & Sprigs Tearoom & it was delicious! Have you ever had "Birdseed Pasta"? One of their specialties & I always try to get it.
Betty Manning charmed us with a slide show of her gardens...making us want to buy every plant in her greenhouse! And her son Gregg shared his love for Hostas (he has over 200 specimens in his gardens!) plus answered all kinds of questions from a room full of flower loving old hens. Later, Betty showed us how easy it is to put together a fresh bouquet...well, at least she made it look easy! And then it was time to do our flower pots. But it was so windy & cold we all decided to load them up, take them home with us & do them in warmer conditions.
Betty Manning, reading a story of "garden fairies"
Mary Ann & I tromped through the plant section but I just couldn't get in the mood to buy too much with the wind whipping through the greenhouses. I do have 3 beautiful bleeding heart plants & 3 rose campion's that will be patiently waiting for warmer weather.
I found out that through the years of gardening on my own, gleaning information from my friends & loved ones, I'm not quite as dumb as I thought I was! I did learn a lot from listening to Betty & Greg & was so glad we weathered the cold temperatures for a delightful day!
And I did learn about daffodil winter. Thanks MaryAnn for inviting me! We'll be back for another load when the weather warms...