Daylily Auction Season!

The Central North Dakota Daylily Society (CNDDS) will be holding their annual daylily auction (for members only – $5.00 to join) at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library, 515 N. Fifth Street, Bismarck, ND 58501 on Thursday, June 7, at 6:30 pm.

H. Waterdale Waltz

H. Waterdale Waltz photo copyright Susan Holland

There will be over 80 extraordinary daylilies available with prices ranging from a few dollars up to $100.00. This is a very fun event. I can see quilting patterns, handcrafts inspiration, and gardening delights in every one of these beauties

H. Bonnie Breenie by gary schaben photo copyright Susan Holland

H. Bonnie Breenie by gary schaben photo copyright Susan Holland

We show projected images of the daylilies, and a sheet of details about each daylily is handed out to each person attending. On this guide, everyone can learn the daylily name, date of registration with the American Hemerocallis Society, the hybridizers name, and specific details about each item to be auctioned.

H. Tiki Torch Dottie Warrell 2003 photo copyright Susan Holland

H. Tiki Torch Dottie Warrell 2003 photo copyright Susan Holland

These details describe the scape height, the bloom size, when in the season this particular daylily blooms, and a brief description of the appearance and special features such as fragrance, or awards.

RUBY SPIDER photo by Karen Schock

RUBY SPIDER photo by Karen Schock

Truly Angelic photo copyright Susan Holland

Truly Angelic photo copyright Susan Holland

Here is a link to the Society blog for further information.

If you are in the Bismarck, North Dakota area, please join us on Thursday evening for our annual daylily auction.  If you missed it, watch the website for announcement of 2013 dates and events.

New Adventures in New York, London and Somerset

For the next month I will be living the life of a professional researcher, reaching out to seek further information and insight on a topic I am writing about.  I am going to keep you in suspense for now about the TOPIC of my research, but I will enjoy sharing with you the experiences that I encounter in my pursuit.

Photo Of Mertz Library courtsey of NYBG - Photographer Robert Benson

Photo Of Mertz Library courtesy of NYBG - Photographer Robert Benson

Monday I leave Bismarck, North Dakota (where winter never happened, and the unseasonable temps are in the 50’s and 60’s and higher) and head to the Bronx, New York. There I will be meeting a wonderful colleague, a world-class botanical artist, and together we will be exploring the library and archives of the New York Botanical Garden.  Two weeks in the Garden archives at the incredible LuESTHER T. MERTZ LIBRARY  – oh what a wonderful opportunity. After New York I travel on to London, then Somerset, England until April 15.

Fountain of Life. Image courtesy of the NYBG, photographed by David Allison

Fountain of Life. Image courtesy of the NYBG, photographed by David Allison

A link to further information about this amazing fountain can be found here

One upcoming event at the New york Botanical Garden sounds incredibly enticing to me.The title says it all.


A New York Botanical Garden Tribute to the Master,

Highlights His Passion for Gardening and Its Influence on His Art

Well friends, I will be visiting here often to share this wonderful journey.

Digging into Blogging

Digging Into Blogging

Welcome friends, to a new Blog – Digging Dakota. This blog is a cheerful, chatty insight into my observations of life in North Dakota, colored by my experiences living and gardening in Tustin, California; Amity, Oregon; Fort Clark, North Dakota; St. Paul, Minnesota; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Williamsburg, Virginia; London, England; Watford, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Williston, and now Bismarck, North Dakota.

China Doll Dahlia

I really am “Digging” Dakota, and am glad to return here after an absence of over 20 years. Not much has changed here over the decades, except for the monumental oil activity in the Williston Basin. Very dramatic indeed. More about that later.

I will be sharing my perspectives on current gardening activities world-wide, through my membership in the national Garden Writers Association which provides me and many other garden writers with access to the newest info, trends and successes of the green industry.  As a horticultural and architectural historian, I will also be featuring my insights of past gardening and landscaping trends, successes, and highlighting special characters who greatly influenced our gardening practices today.  I will do this through many avenues, including book reviews, interviews, and photography.

Overall, I plan to just have FUN, sharing with you my numerous years of  accumulated stories  and images, walking with you through the gardens of yesteryear and of tomorrow.  Thanks for joining me, and stay tuned!  Susan