Lady Bird’s Lupines

In honor of Lady Bird, a flower that is impossible to resist:  the lupine.  She favored the Texas bluebonnet,  Lupinus  texensis,   which blooms all over my native state thanks to her efforts.  But there’s more to lupines that bluebonnets.  The lupines in this photo, which I took at Pike Place Market in Seattle, are probably the ‘Russell’ hybrids or the ‘Band of Noble’...

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Foreign Policy

I wrote an article for the July issue of Foreign Policy magazine about globalization in the cut flower industry.  You have to be a subscriber to read the whole article online, but the July issue will be on newsstands soon.

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You Can Put Those Reading Glasses Down.

The large print edition of Flower Confidential is out.  I got a copy in the mail today.  I cannot tell you how strange it is to see my book with a completely different cover and a totally different typeface.  It’s very nice, and I’m quite happy that there is a large print version available, but it reminds me of one of those dreams:  "So I dreamed that I came home, only it wasn’t our house somehow, you...

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Flower Lust is in the Air

I spoke with a reporter for the New York Observer a couple weeks ago as she was finishing up a story on floral trends in Manhattan.  It’s a fun, spirited story: The cool, fluffy peony, so Mrs. Dalloway, is especially perfect for women moving about in this season’s fragile, tissue-thin flowered dresses. The women in them will look wonderful holding peonies in their arms. And this great comment on the other side of the vase life...

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Flower Confidential on Marketplace Money

A few weeks ago, I visited Marketplace’s Tess Vigeland right in her own backyard and we recorded a segment on gardening for the show.  It’s a finance show, so you’ll hear a lot of talk about getting the most bang for your buck.  I’ve already gotten one e-mail from a listener asking me to please not be so "opinionated" and "harsh" on the subject of annuals. Opinionated?  Who,...

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A Flower Confidential Podcast

Check out this podcast–a talk between me and Chris Watson of the Santa Cruz Sentinel.  This is a very unscripted conversation–in fact, I don’t even remember knowing that it would be out there as a podcast–but that’s cool, because it means that it’s really casual and informal. Download it here.

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The AbeBooks Interview

Go here to read the interview I recently did with the nice folks at AbeBooks.com.  Where would I be without a good source of obscure, out-of-print books, (not to mention the not-so-obscure)?   Thanks, Abe!

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