Penny’s a Nurture And Hold (NAH): Nah, I won’t pull that out yet, it’s still got a green shoot. She likes dragonflies, lady bugs and new stuff only after weeding, pruning and fertilizing.
Kim’s a Want It Now (WIN): Everything pretty, everything now. She will resort to full-spectrum insecticides in desperate situations, and believes it’s her duty and right to buy new plants every weekend.
Both advocate Plant Choice (SOMEthing besides crotons. Please!), lots of color and low maintenance. We don’t agree on everything, but we’re smart enough to learn from each other - and from you.
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The 1st Dirty Dirty (hot and sweaty but wonderful) Dirt Tour!
Posted Oct 31, 2009 by Loren Omoto
Updated Nov 1, 2009 at 09:57 AM
I’ll be right up front about this—I don’t smell so good right now. The nice autumn chill we forecast for our first Dirty Dirty Tour today didn’t quite materialize. But since so many people who read The Dirt in The Tribune promised to make the plunge on-line, I figured I’d better get some pictures up post-haste.
(It may be that “plunge” sounded really good about noon today, when I swear, it must have been 95 degrees!)
It was hot. Really hot. But Florida gardeners are made of pretty tough stuff. They smiled through it all, so happy to be surrounded by acres and acres of pansies, snapdragons, petunias—and lots of other plants that will be heading to North Florida, no doubt, until we get a cold snap here.
FOD Janice Vogt said, “I want to be buried here!” (Preferably on a cooler day.)
We were at Riverview Flower Farms, where owner Rick Brown pulled out all the stops to show almost 200 gardeners a good time. (Big thank yous also to growers Kevin and Jeff, and Rick’s wife, Sydney Park Brown. What a great bunch of hosts. OK, we’re all pausing now and clapping. Can ya hear it?)
We divided into three groups. One group made paper pots (a good way to recycle your Tribune—no, it doesn’t work with the other paper.) We planted them with dwarf sunflowers and milkweeds, with lots of coaching from Sydney. (Raise your hand if you’re a Master Gardener she trained when she was the Hillsborough Extension agent.)
“Make a hole twice the diameter of the seed and 1/4 inch deep,” (or something like that) Sydney, left, tells Linda.
Dennis and Julie team up to make their paper pots. It’s really easy. Watch a step-by-step video on Farmer Rick’s blog.
One of our younger garderners, Alex, fills up his seed pots with help from his mom. (This little guy, Alex, was such a trooper. I expect big flowers from him in the future!)
We divided into three groups. While the first group planted seed pots, the other two groups took tours. Everyone labeled their trays and lined them up for carry-home later. (Jeri and Gladys, if you’re reading this, you forgot your trays! You can probably buy your plants at Home Depot in a month or so! I’m sure Rick appreciates getting a little work done gratis.)
I don’t have pictures from the tours—Kim took the tours, and my notebook! so she’ll have more on that here and in the Nov. 8 Tribune. Since I’d already gotten to visit, I stayed in the Tribune-paper-pots area. I did manage to take a few morel random photos, so here they are.
JD Smoak and his grandson, Aedin Cram, 3. These two were part of a family who won the prize for most generations on a Dirty Dirty Tour. Great-grandma Beverly Raley, grandpa JD, mom (and her sis) Amanda Cram and Jazmin Stonebraker, and little Aedin. Four generations!
There’s a little dispute about whether these were Halloween costumes or a way for Doris Prokopi to keep tabs on hubby Bill, but hey, the oufits were all about form, color and pattern. And that’s what we like, right?
And one more
Many, many thanks to our FODs - Janis, Janna and Chip for showing up and just being great people. I adore you all. (Susan, you too! We know you would’ve been there today if you could have!) I’m honored to know you.
I’m also looking forward to meeting some new folks here. Janet, Mona, Beverly, Allan—looking for you! I also really hope we hear from Eric who’s 14, really cool, and probably knows a heck of a lot more than I do about gardening.
And once more, pause, one-two-three—clap-clap, hoot-holler for Farmer Rick! Thank you!