(Yes, that question rates two question marks. Nothing blooms in March but the pussy willows....) Get your pencils out all gardeners in zones 2,3, and 4: Bulbocodium vernum, otherwise known as spring meadow saffron. Check out this link for more pictures. I will be putting this one on the fall bulb order this year.
Quick report on the conference. There were four sessions with four different presentations for each session to chose from. Presenters ranged from, at the high end, gardeners with decades of experience, people with doctorates and scientific research papers published on horticultural topics, and national garden book authors to, at the low end, me.
I gave a presentation on ornamental grasses in Alaska (admittedly a very obscure branch of knowledge). For one hour. With only two or three electronic device related glitches (I am awarding a "gold star" to Extension Agent Julie Riley for saving my proverbial bacon when the computer took a dump with two minutes 'til presentation time). I expected (and made handouts for) ten people. Thirty showed up. The classroom was kind of small, so I hope my alarm didn't show on my face when it started filling up. These two words can precisely say how I feel about it all: it's over. No, it wasn't a bad experience, but I just worked myself up into a state of nervousness that made every little thing seem huge. My hands were even shaking! I guess I better figure this nervous thing out because I will be speaking twice more in the next ten days.
Any speaking tips to calm the nerves from the veterans out there?