Book Launch Party & Other Goings On

Just a reminder that the Book Launch Party is coming up this Wed night at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. Details can be found here.


The view on my deck is looking somewhat more inviting today. I did not take a photo but it is warmer and brighter with remnants of snow and ice.

March has been a very busy month! I attended Canada Blooms a week or so ago and met up with a few people from the forums. I’m not going to beat around the bush this year or make nice; Canada Blooms equals Gazebo Fest (as Sarah so aptly renamed it). Don’t get me wrong, it is wonderful to immerse myself in greenery and floral smells at the time of year when winter can’t possibly drag me down any lower, but as the years pass I am less and less interested in standing in long lines to look at one hoity-toity gazebo after another. I?d rather they just plopped a bunch of plants onto some tables and called it a day ? the plant judging area is often the best part!

Maybe there was less available to capture my interest this year, or perhaps I have become tighter with my wallet, but I came away with far less loot then in previous years. Here?s my list:

  • One booth (I forget which) had a box of Plants of Distinction Seeds on sale for a buck a piece. I chose calendula ?Geisha Girl?, pansy ?Can Can F1 Hybrid?, and sea holly (Eryngium) ?Miss Wilmot?s Ghost?.
  • Agastache ?Apricot Sprite?
  • 2 large hybrid trumpet pitcher plants (Sarracenia), unidentified. Pics: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • 1 rex begonia.
  • A bunch of potted herbs that I will give away at the Book Launch Party.

This past Saturday was Seedy Saturday here in Toronto. I was busy signing books and selling t-shirts and did not manage to make it around to many other booths as a result. I did not buy ONE SINGLE package of seeds! I did however have the presence of mind to pick up a 1/2 pound of worms for my vermicomposter. Thanks to everyone who came out and said hi.

In other news my key lime tree is still putting out blossoms and making fruit. There has been some leaf drop but I’m guessing that’s from the transition and the fact that I made the mistake of moving a bit too close to an electric heater. We ate our first key lime last week and a second is getting close.

Here’s a picture of my rose petal thyme today. It is looking so good and smells great too.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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2 thoughts on “Book Launch Party & Other Goings On

  1. I bought your book. It is wonderful!!! It’s just what I would have written myself if I ever got off the dime. I truly enjoyed and hope to use the chapter on feeding the worms. I think all my gardening friends will get a copy of your book for Christmas. Thank you.

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