Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Staying Organized and Hitting My Marks

As we bid good-bye to April, I am keenly aware that the month of May will be a blur.

On Friday, I head to the airport in the wee hours of the morning to leave on a four-day trip to Rosedango, a weekend full of rose activities near Dallas, Texas.  I have been looking forward to this for months!  This is when I finally get to meet Anne Belovich in person ... she is one of my rose idols, and I am so excited.  (When you have a few minutes, you can see Anne's beautiful, inspiring garden through the photos of Carolyn Parker, HERE.)  

On Saturday, May 10, at 10am, I will be at Strange's on West Broad Street in Richmond to give a program about how to choose and care for roses.  It is free and open to the public.  Perhaps some of you local folks would like to come hear what I have to say?

The next weekend, May 17 & 18, is the Lucketts Spring Market.  I am working on preparations for this in between other things.  For example, this morning I made two more pillows out of the fabric that I dyed with chalk paint.

The hutch that the pillows are sitting on is another item that's destined for Lucketts.

Having a booth at Lucketts is a huge undertaking, and the effort needed to prepare will completely take over my life for at least the entire week beforehand ... considering there will certainly be finishing touches to things, and a LOT of pricing and loading to be done.  I am fairly well organized, and I'm good about writing things onto my To Do list (which is a mile long at this point), so I feel confident that things won't get too crazy.

I am leaving the next week and Memorial Day weekend open.  That is generally the beginning of full-bloom season for the roses.  Bloom season will probably be late this year, I think, by at least a week, maybe two.  It will be nice to have an unplanned week (if it stays that way) to work in the garden and get ready for Open Garden visitors.  (watch this space and the Hartwood Roses FB page for dates, posted as soon as I have a better idea of when the garden will be blooming.)

The next weekend is one that I have looked forward to since fall.  May 31 is the day of the Wine and Roses Open House at Monticello's Tufton Farm in Charlottesville.  This year, I am the rose speaker ... presenting a program on easy-care roses for Virginia gardens.  The event is free, with no registration required.  Plan to come see Tufton's beautiful gardens and, perhaps, learn a thing or two about how to grow roses in your own garden.  There will also be roses available for sale.

In order to keep all of this straight, and keep my sanity, I am having to be a total slave to my calendar.  By staying organized and working on things a little at a time when I have the opportunity, I hope that nothing during the month becomes a hair-raising emergency.  Wish me luck!


  1. What a schedule you have for May, happily it is all about roses (and that sale with the pillows, etc.). Best wishes for a successful May. You must have energy galore.

  2. The roses I use in designs are all chosen by the best rose expert in the area.

    Who am I to know?

    How I wish I could be at your lecture.

    Love the climbing Dortmund. Love.

    Suggested by the 'expert' of course.

    Have fun, sell loads.

    Garden & Be Well, XO T

  3. Wow! You are one popular lady, Connie! I don't know how you do it all. lol Congrats on all of those speaking engagements. I KNOW that you'll rock'em all! :)

    xoxo laurie

  4. Wow, Connie ~ quite a busy month ahead of you, but it all sounds exciting and happy work.

    Thanks for the link to view two beautiful rose gardens.

    I feel like such an amateur. Growing roses in FL is a challenge. I am inspired by what I have seen this morning.

    Have a wonderful month, and don't forget to 'stop and smell the roses.' :-) I couldn't resist.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  5. You definitely have a busy month ahead of you, but I know it and you will be great.

    We have buds forming on our roses. We usually have blooms by the third week in May.

  6. Love those pillows, Connie. You are so talented. Have a great time in Dallas and I hope you sell a lot of your products at the Market.

  7. You are one busy lady. I liked those pillows. The gray/pink one is my choice.

  8. It IS a busy and exciting time! Hang on because it will all come rolling through very quickly.

    Bon Voyage and see you at RoseDango!


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