>Things I Learned at the Fling

>I couldn’t bear to blog about the Spring Fling until I had time to let all of the wonder of the day distill in my mind. Late Sunday night, after the kids were in bed and the house was silent, I sat on the couch with a notebook in my lap. I thought about all of the people I had met at the Fling, the incredibly interesting and smart people that I have known through pictures and words, but now know them as friends. And I tried to recall all of the knowledge that had been handed to me during the event.

So here it is, things I learned at Spring Fling:

1. The white “lip” on each bluebonnet flower is to attract bees to pollinate the flower. Once it is pollinated, the white spot turns red and bees are not attracted to it any longer.

2. The Cochineal Beetle feeds on the Prickly pear cactus, secreting a white substance as protection around her. These beetles, when crushed, contain a vivid red coloring used as dye.

3. The bloom on the Prickly Pear is called the “Tuna”

4. There are other trees known as Live Oaks that are not related to the Texas Live Oak (thanks Karen!) According to Wikipedia, the name comes from the evergreen oaks remaining green and “live” through the winter when other oaks are leafless. Added bonus knowledge: a small grove of live oaks is known as a mott.

5. Skullcap (Leguminosae Scutellaris) comes in purple (the common color seen in most nurseries is pink).

6. Vicky makes a mean lemon/ginger marmalade. Thank you for the lovely gift, Vicky. Is it proper to ignore the toast and eat it with a spoon right out of the jar?

7. The inventories of sacred places and childhood hiding places are similar – thank you Tom Spencer for this lovely thought that kept me pondering over it for 5 minutes and just makes me smile every time I think about it.

8. Blog about what pleases you- keeping your focus on why you blog sets you free to enjoy it to its fullest. Thank you to Carol‘s discussion group on Community in Blogging who reminded me of this.

9. You can know someone for only a few minutes before you know, you just know, that they will be a lifelong friend.

10. Bringing together so many creative and passionate gardeners can create an energy that you can carry away with you. Borrowing one of Tom Spencer’s images, we are gathered stones.

Thank you to all who gathered together for this wonderful event. I will always carry it with me.

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14 thoughts on “>Things I Learned at the Fling

  1. >Hearing what you learned shows me what different groups we traveled around Spring Fling with. Which is why reading everyone’s posts is so eye-opening, even for those of us who were there.

  2. >I’m happy tp have met another gardening mama, Bonnie. And I really appreciate your thoughts about what you learned at Spring Fling–I had no idea about the white lips on the bluebonnets!

  3. >Wow. What a cool post. I heard and learned some of those things, but totally missed several of them – so thanks for remembering and sharing. I’m amazed at how many different things there are for all of us to write about and what a broad range of perspectives and interpretations we have as a group.

  4. >It is a wonderous thing to see the same event through 40 pairs of eyes…each time you see something and learn something different.It was wonderful to meet you!

  5. >Yes, the ‘wonder of the day’. I’m not sure I have yet wrapped my mind around it all yet. We did have some fun, didn’t we? I learned that whather we garden in zone 5 or zone 8 or everything in between and beyond, that fact that we are gardeners gives us an almost instant bond.Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  6. >What a nice roundup of lessons learned. I think you’ve challenged me to articulate my own lessons from the weekend. First one: Blogging is a great way to make friends!Excellent post!Robin at Bumblebee

  7. >I missed the wildflower center, so this is really interesting. The red vs white lip on the bluebonnet I’m going to have to look for next time I’m close enough.And I missed Tom Spencer saying #7, but now that I think about it, he’s absolutely right, and that really gives me a new perspective on why I garden.

  8. >That’s really neat! However, turns out I was wrong about live oaks. Although we have some different species of oaks from those in Texas, what we call “live oaks,” Quercus virginiana, is also found in Texas, although I never saw one in Austin that was even one quarter the size of one of our larger ones.

  9. >i know that #9 is about me, right??? ha ha, i’m just being a brat–but i do feel that way about you. i really had so much fun meeting everyone but especially you. have you been shopping on etsy yet?

  10. >You can reserve a car seat with the car rental company but that doesn’t guarantee that there will be one there waiting for you (wasn’t that a Seinfeld episode?) Play it safe and take your own car seat!———————-williamgeorgehttp://www.hookup-tonite.com

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