Ep. 4-1: Summer In My Mom’s Garden and Welcome to Season 4


Music: Going Home by Lee Rosevere

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Show Notes
+Ep. 1-2: A Conversation with my Mom
+Amish Friendship Bread
+Mark Bittman’s No Knead Bread recipe
+Variegated Ajugas: Ajuga ‘Sparkler’ & Ajuga ‘Pink Lightning’
+The New Shade Garden by Ken Druse


Summer Garden Chat with Julie Rorrer

Music: Going Home by Lee Rosevere

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Previous episodes with Julie:
Episode 2-1
Episode 3-4


Summer 2018 Flower Garden Tour

Music: Going Home by Lee Rosevere

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Ep. 3-23: Season 3 Conclusion and Season 4 Brainstorming

Hello! Thank you for making this season successful! It was my biggest season yet and I hope to make Season 4 even bigger! If you could take a few minutes out of your day to fill out a quick survey here about the podcast season, I would greatly appreciate it! It will give me a bit of an idea about who you are as a listener and what you liked this season! It takes just a couple of minutes and would help me out a lot! Thank you!

Don’t forget you can sign up for the podcast newsletter here!

Season 3 Episodes in case you missed one!

Season 1 Episodes & Season 2 Episodes

And for some Show Notes:

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What do lotus leaves and Chinese acrobats have do with my job? The later is a good analogy for the former when talking about the newest product! Did you know the surface of lotus leaves are self-cleaning? Water beads up and rolls off them, washing away any dirt, dust, or debris. How do they do this? Their surface is covered with microscopic acrobats! Okay, not really. What their surface has is millions of tiny bumps that are just the right size to keep "kicking" water off itself, kind of like an acrobat keeping a barrel spinning with their legs. Got it? Okay, now imagine applying similar bumps to your skin but not only are the bumps just right for kicking away water, they're made of a material that does the same for chemical such as paint, gas, grease, dyes, glues, corrosives…and plant irritants! Well, that's what "Workman's Friend Barrier Skin Cream" does! It temporarily binds such bumps to the dead cells at the surface of your skin, creating an impenetrable, invisible, non-greasy, unnoticeable layer of protection! I love biomimicry! You can buy it from Amazon here: https://goo.gl/pzPnke . #merriwetherchemist #realjob #scientist #chemistry #lotus #biomimicry #lasts4hours #protection #nature_perfection #superpower #nopoisonivy #workmansfriend #inmybag

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The Plant Messiah by Carlos Magdelena
Wildflowers of Texas by Michael Eason
The Garden in Every Sense and Season by Tovah Martin
The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables by Catherine Reid

My Blog: Oceanic Wilderness

Instagram: @thegardenpathpodcast

Music: New Day by Lee Rosevere

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Ep. 3-22: Tropical Aspirations and Edible Gardening in New York State | Sheron McFarlane

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!

If you enjoyed the episode, please let me know in the comments below or by leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts!

Music: New Day by Lee Rosevere

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Show Notes
Sugarcane Dreams Website
@Sugarcanedreams on Instagram
Sugarcane Dreams YouTube Channel
Sugarcane Dreams Facebook


Ep. 3-21: All About Hoyas | Sara Pham

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!

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Hoya blashernaezii

Hoya australis ssp. australis

Three different cultivars of Hoya pubicalyx: left to right, ‘Philippine black‘, ‘Pink Silver’ and ‘Red Buttons’

Hoya cinnamomifolia

Hoya Genevieve

Watering day!

Hoya serpens

Hoya obovata

Hoya: wayetti, wibergiae (with pink splash), latifolia, obscura (red from high light), macrophlla, sigillatis, pubicalyx, obovata, fitchii.

Hoya: vitellina, carnosa (with an albino leaf), incrassata, sarawak (yellow), curtisii, kerri, DS-70, callistophylla, carnoa ‘Krinkle 8’.

Hoya lacunosa ‘Ruby Sue’ blooms… smells like cinnamon

Particle size and Hoya ‘Pink Silver’ flowers


Ep. 3-20: Foraging Texas | Dr. Mark ‘Merriwether’ Vorderbruggen


If you’re in Texas and have ever wondered whether a wild plant you came across was edible you may have stumbled across Foraging Texas in your research. The website is run by Dr. Mark ‘Merriwether’ Vorderbruggen, who by day is a scientist and by nights and weekends, well, he’s still a scientist but he’s also a forager, wild crafter, and explorer. Most recently he wrote a book about foraging!

I’ve used his website a lot over the years, not just for deciding if a plant is edible or not, but also for easy identification for particular plants that haven’t shown up in a field guide. His website is extremely resourceful with an index of a plethora of edible plants as well as links to where you can take a class from him. I happened to attend a class of his last November along with past podcast guest Julie Rorrer. It helped bridge that gap for me, where I knew a plant was edible but I was still hesitant to take that leap to eat it.

In this episode, Merriwether covers the ethics of foraging and gives a great beginners guide to getting started with foraging. This podcast is focused on Texas but many of the plants mentioned can be found in other areas of North America. If you are interested in foraging, reach out to Merriwether and attend a class or use his Instagram and Facebook pages to find out what expert foragers may be in your region. Merriwether is extremely knowledgeable and you can easily become engrossed in learning all sorts of tidbits from this conversation and from his classes!

As a side note, in the introduction of this episode I mention my friends Marc and Eliana, who are birding in their VW Bus Valentina across the US from Miami to Alaska and back. They were at my house over the weekend but my plans for recording a podcast episode with them did not get squeezed into the many things we did, including birding, over the weekend. I hope to have them on when they return next fall from their trip, but until then you can follow them at Birding By Bus on Instagram or over on Facebook.

If you enjoyed the episode, please let me know in the comments below or by leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts!

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Show Notes
+Merriwether’s Into the Borderlands outdoor journal.
+Foraging Texas
+Idiot’s Guide to Foraging
+@merriwetherforager on Instagram


Ep. 3-19: Why You Garden


Last fall I asked gardeners to submit a short voice memo about their “why” for gardening. I was hoping to create an episode that showcased you, the listener. While I didn’t quite get the number of recordings as I was hoping for, I was delighted to receive the ones that were sent and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to them and putting this episode together! It couldn’t have come together without y’all!

Many thanks to Eren Hays, Jill McSheehy, Peter Donegan, Leanne Tarleton, Danette, Gavin, and my sweet son Forest for their contributions to this episode!

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Ep. 3-18: Grow Milkweed Plants | Brad Grimm

If you’ve ever thought growing milkweed for the monarchs seemed to be a difficult task, then this episode is for you. While some milkweed species are available commercially at nurseries, many species that are endemic to each of our own backyards can be more difficult to find. And if you are able to find those in seed form, knowing how to germinate them with success can even be trickier!

I first came across Brad Grimm on Twitter when I was still using the social media site. He became interested in growing milkweed for the monarch butterflies after a disappointing trip to a California roost site in 2013 and has been working to establish and expand his own milkweed population since then. In addition, he is working to provide an educational resource for others attempting to do the same thing.

This episode pairs well with Episode 3-10 where I discuss my experience raising monarch butterflies. I learned several interesting things in this podcast in regards to other germination techniques and I think I will be giving a few a try soon!

Be sure to check out the show notes below and to sign up for milkweed madness!

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Show Notes:
+Grow Milkweed Plants
+Brad’s post about water germination of milkweed
+@growmilkweed on Twitter
+Grow Milkweed Plants on Facebook
+Grow Milkweed Plants Group on Facebook.
+@growmilkweedplantson Instagram
+Trudi’s Winter Sowing website


Ep. 3-17: All The Seeds: Native Plant Edition


A couple of weeks ago the Native Plant Podcast had Ian Caton of Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery on their show and I found the episode fascinating. I clicked over to Ian’s website and found myself falling down the rabbit hole of the interesting native plants he had for sale and was happy to see he had seeds for sale as well. Priced as a reasonable $2 a packet, I couldn’t help but use some Christmas giftcard money to stock up on some native seeds for spring! This episode covers the seeds I ordered, similar to Episode 3-13: All the Seeds. The show notes link directly to the plants I ordered on his website. I just placed an order with Prairie Moon Nursery so there’s a good chance I’ll be recording another episode about that order in a few weeks!

Until then, happy growing!

Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere

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Show Notes
+Aconitum uncinatum
+Asclepias exaltata
+Coreopsis pubescens
+Eryngium aquaticum
+Gaillardia aestivalis var. aestivalis
+Gentiana saponaria
+Saxifraga pensylvanica
+Senna marilandica
+Silene stellata

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