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I’m forcing myself to get back on a good sleep schedule, so today I am in a good-for-nothing daze, desperately wanting a nap but knowing that if I do, I’ll be up late again and the vicious cycle continues. Luckily, garden blogging isn’t brain surgery; one can blog and take pictures drowsily and no one gets hurt.

This sleepy, grey day did feel perfect for delving into my signed copy of Anne Lamott’s new book, Grace (Eventually). I had the pleasure of attending her discussion and book signing at Borders Books on Monday evening. She was fabulous and hilarious and thoughtful and profound. I thought she’d be mostly serious, but she got more laughs than most stand-up comedians on a good night. Her brand of black humor comes through in her writing and it definitely comes through in person. Also impressive was the fact that she was nearing the end of her book tour yet nothing she said seemed recycled or rehearsed. She’s the real deal.

A few snaps from today…

Chinese ground orchid (Bletilla striata) about to bloom. In my top 10 favorite garden flowers. You can’t see how beautiful this orchid will be, but it perfectly reflects how I feel about today… so full of potential but the timing is a little off.

Queen’s tears (Billbergia nutans)… also in my top 10.

‘Paul’s Scarlet’ English hawthorn

Red field poppy. I sprinkled seeds in a lot of my pots and they came up!

Baby lime

Purple columbine… one I got from Annie’s. Can’t remember which species or cultivar.

Delphinium, which I only grow as a hanging plant now because it’s proven so snailolicious in the past.

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