Racing to National – Behind the Scenes

 

Every time I start on the pre-show schedule for National, the show seems a very long way off.  12 weeks is about three months, but this can go way faster than you anticipate – at least that’s how it always seems to me – and then I find myself in a race to the finish.  Nothing much seems to be happening in those early weeks, but now that I am about two and a half weeks out from show, I’m hopping from foot to foot, hoping that things that are blooming will bloom more – or will hold what they have . . .

Champagne Pink blooming well.

Champagne Pink blooming well.

s. rupicola could use a little more bloom.

s. rupicola could use a little more bloom.

And conversely, fervently wishing that the plants that are not quite blooming yet will please hurry up and get cracking!

Blossom count is very low on Jersey Snow Flakes

Blossom count is very low on Jersey Snow Flakes

Hoping for most blossom on s. pendula var. kiarae

Hoping for most blossom on s. pendula var. kiarae

And meanwhile on other parts of the stands, there are plants that seriously need my attention.  Like Fisherman’s Paradise, which is blooming really well . . .

Fisherman's Paradise is blooming well.

Fisherman’s Paradise is blooming well.

But yes, still has a sucker . . .

Fisherman's Paradise needs some attention.

Fisherman’s Paradise needs some attention.

And the two plants of Paula’s Fidgety Frankie that I’ve been growing out for hybridizer, Paula Bal, that need to have spent blossoms groomed off of them.

Paula's Fidgety Frankie has some spent blossoms

Paula’s Fidgety Frankie has some spent blossoms on the right that are ready to come off.

And then there’s the cranky plant of Primulina Aiko – which has decided it’s going to bloom!

Primulina Aiko deciding to bloom.

Primulina Aiko deciding to bloom.

AND I’m working on getting a natural garden in some sort of shape to attempt to enter it at National.

Tools for Natural Garden

Tools for Natural Garden

Initial Moss placed for Natural Garden.

Initial Moss placed for Natural Garden.

Natural Garden wrapped

Natural Garden wrapped to help the moss adhere.

Keeping all the balls in the air – particularly at show time – is definitely a learned skill.  And as many times as I’ve done this over the years, I experience the same feelings and feel the time ticking away every single time.  I’ve also found that when I have limited my collection to a manageable number of plants, it’s never quite as stressful as when I’m growing more than I can handle.

How about you?  Are you getting ready for National?  If so, I hope to see you there!  Remember, you all know what I look like, but I don’t always know you, so please, if you see me, introduce yourself! I love meeting podcast viewers in person!