All photos above courtesy of Michael Eason. Photo cover from Timber Press.
In the spring I previewed and then bought the newly published Wildflowers of Texas field guide which has turned out to be the book I’ve always wanted but had been missing from my field guide collection. I knew after I read the book that I wanted to talk to the author, Michael Eason. Luckily, it worked out that Michael was available to talk about researching and writing this book, botany, and searching for rare and unusual plants in Texas. Even if you aren’t in Texas you will find the conversation enlightening and will hopefully take away a desire to know more about the wildflowers in your region.
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Over the last few years Instagram has been a great place for me to meet gardeners! It’s easy to go down the rabbit hole of exploring hashtags and looking to see who other people follow—somehow I came across Sheron McFarlane’s account @sugarcanedreams, followed her and saw that she had a blog. Gardening in New York State by way of Trinidad and Tobago, Sheron’s blog is chock-full of posts about her gardening journey, her interest in cooking, as well as other outdoorsy activities. I quickly subscribed to her blog—it’s rare to come across someone actively garden blogging these days!—and knew that I wanted to chat with Sheron about her garden. Considering it is a vastly different growing zone than mine and combined with her tropical roots, I wanted to know more about the climate she gardens in and how she attempts to incorporate some of the edibles from her homeland into a zone 5b garden in the Hudson Valley!
We had an awesome conversation and it was easy to feel the excitement and enthusiasm in Sheron’s voice about her garden! Despite working long hours as a nurse, she gardens alongside her husband to provide food for the year. I think you’ll find yourself as excited about the upcoming gardening season as she is and maybe wanting to incorporate even more edibles in your landscape than you initially planned. I suddenly felt very behind and I’m already several months ahead in growing!
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This week’s episode is moving indoors—to indoor plants! My friend Sara has become a serious hoya fanatic over the last 10-12 years. I invited her on to the podcast to talk about her love affair with hoyas because houseplants are one aspect that I don’t have a lot of experience with in gardening. While I’ve grown the odd indoor plant here and there, (currently I have a couple of plants in my office at work), my husband has been the one more interested in growing houseplants over the years than I have. That said, seeing Sara so excited about her plants and especially with the hoyas, I knew I wanted to learn a bit more and maybe start brushing up on my indoor gardening skills.
Sara and I go back to high school honors and AP art class from 1994-1998. Once MySpace came on the scene years later, we reconnected and found out we had a lot more in common than we would have realized from those years of high school! One good thing about social media, I suppose! In the episode, Sara talks about all of the hoyas she currents grows, how she roots cuttings, the best lighting and watering schematics, and other interesting tidbits about this wonderful genus! While Sara does not have a public blog or social media account for you to follow her, you can see her postings on the Hoya GardenWeb forum as “PostPunkGirl”. And if you have any questions you can leave a comment here and I’ll have her get in touch with you!