The snow sprinkle before St. Patrick’s Day did little to delay my obsession and attention to detail with the dahlias! A little rummaging among the over wintered tubers was due. After the earlier discovery of water in one of the containers, I knew that some new tubers needed to be ordered. Some tubers in the box above seem shriveled but there are still some weeks to go before the final determination will be made if they are worthy of planting. New tubers are arriving and as they come in, I make labels while I still have time for this attention to detail. If the dahlia is successful, this label will follow the tuber into its Winter home and I will know what it is when I unpack in Spring.
A little tip for those who love detail and have not yet found a marker that won’t fade or wash off during a growing season. Give up your Sharpies and try DecoColor! Another tip…. I have found a great label that will work with the paint marker and has the benefit of allowing the metal to be etched. First I impress the soft metal with a ballpoint pen and then go over the lettering with the paint marker. No more mystery tubers!
This is the kind of thing (tips) that we share in my Garden Friends’ group. There are no by-laws, no rules, no agenda other than to pick a topic we all want to talk about. Today we are meeting to discuss garden writing. A book that I’ve just finished and one that will be read again and again is ELizabeth Barlow Rogers’ Writing the Garden. This is a beautifully researched book, and I love the way she links the great garden writers, some of whom I have already read and become devoted to and others who are new to me. One writer that she has introduced me to is Paula Dietz. I’ve just begun Of Gardens and I will let you know what I think when I am finished! I will want to re-read some Joe Eck and Wayne Winterowd books. Their writing hits all the right notes with me! Still can’t believe Wayne is gone. Do you have favorite garden writers that you return to over and over?