I'm famous! Well, it seems like it to me. I've been featured in a friend's blog, and she's an amazing writer, an accomplished teacher, a wonderful mama and an all-around amazing woman, so I'm quite flattered to be a part of such a prestigious Internet publication.
For those of you who have been around this area for a while, the friend I mention is Christy Perry, now Tuohey. She was the anchorwoman on WSAZ-TV for several years, but we've known each other since our kindergarten days.
Christy is now adjunct professor, broadcast journalism and Web producer at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University. She's married to another journalism professor at Syracuse, and they have two great kids. Anyway, the mention in her blog had to do with, you guessed it, gardening.
Christy's hubby, Chris, is teaching in London, England, this semester, so the whole family crossed the pond to enjoy springtime over there with him. Christy was marveling in her blog about the flowers in bloom around London during February. She had lovely photos of crocus and cyclamen, and she mentioned she'll be visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew soon to see other things in bloom
Christy wrote to ask if she could bring back flower seeds from England to see if she could get them to grow in Syracuse, N.Y. I'm going to check on what she wants to grow, and recommend she find a native-grown version in New York that will be compatible to her climate there.
Not only will they do better, it will help us to avoid an invasive plant coming from overseas - we really don't need another multiflora rose, do we? Not that I think Christy is going to start an epidemic, but many of the plants that are problematic now were brought here by well-intentioned gardeners.
If you remember Christy from her Channel 3 days (or her Montrose Elementary days), you can read her blog http://cptuohey.
I love the notion of an "English garden." Folks use that term to describe small, enclosed and slightly wild flower gardens. I picture a thatched-roof cottage in the background with a sweet fence surrounding the mass of blooms.
My friend Kim had a lovely English-y garden at her previous home, but it was on top of a mountain, so I can't say it was precisely English. It was beautiful, complete with fence and tons of blooms.