Friday, August 2, 2019

danger garden on PlantPop

On June 4th Haydn Cieri set up a video camera in my garden. He was here to film for PlantPop—a horticultural film studio; "We tell stories about people and plants. We are artists. We pursue beauty and understanding. We believe philosophy was born in the garden. Culture starts with cultivation. And growing is the highest art."...

Yes, people and plants. I didn't get away with just having the garden filmed, he turned the camera on me too, and I had to talk...

And talk I did (You guys! It's hard to watch yourself on video!). The PlantPop people wanted me to talk about blogging and being a garden communicator. I tried to stick to script.

Should you want to watch, the film is here. It's just over 6 minutes, so once you're done, click back to the PlantPop home page and watch another couple films, they're very addicting.


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Words © 2009-2019 by Loree Bohl for danger garden, screen shots of video by Haydn Cieri for PlantPop. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited and just plain rude.

43 comments:

  1. "Culture starts with cultivation. And growing is the highest art"; I love those words and bookmarked the site.
    I watched the video; hooray to you! For some reason I thought you camera shy, (or am I projecting?). It's nice to see you conquering your discomfort and it looking good doing it.
    Your passion for plants, gardening and style is educational, delightful to witness, and, in some small measure, be a part of.

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    1. I am VERY camera shy! This was not easy for me, to do, or to share.

      Thanks for watching, I hope you get a chance to look at some of the others, there are some real gems in there.

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  2. What a great video. I loved seeing the garden alive and moving, it gave a whole different perspective. Keep up the great work Laurie! You've definitely had a positive impact on my gardening and maybe one day I'll catch you out at Cistus.

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    1. Thanks Ryan, and your comment is a great push to do more video, something I've resisted because it seemed like the only reason to was "because everyone else is doing it" never a good enough reason for me. Please say hi if you see me at Cistus, or any of our local nurseries.

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  3. Thanks so much for letting us know about this. It was wonderful! I loved it. I'm so happy that you had the courage to go outside your comfort zone and talk on camera. I once thought I might do a video with me walking around the garden to post on my blog, but I asked Nigel to film a minute or so of video of me talking first. I watched a couple of seconds of it and then deleted it so fast, I couldn't bear it.

    I'm going to go back to the PlantPop website to watch more.

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    1. I had to pause it a couple of times when I first watched, to gather my courage to go on. In college I took a class where we had to film ourselves giving a presentation and then critique it. That was tough, and also a "few" years ago.

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  4. I LOVE this so much. You're a natural--and your passion shows, LOVE LOVE LOVE. Good job.

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  5. Nice interview! It's great to see the faces and personalities behind blogs. Loved seeing details of your garden on film. And yes, you've inspired me to try some spikey stuff in my garden, too!

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  6. Loree... I'm one of your quiet followers that never comments (my bad...lol). I love getting your emails and reading up on what you are doing as each week goes by. My inspiration comes from you and from your friend Gerhard at Succulents & More. I didn't start my gardening voyage until 2014 after I went through a personal tragedy and gardening has helped my healing process. I am so thankful to have found your blog and Gerhards because there is just so much useful information and it is encouraging to see the success's and failures that other gardeners go through. A million thanks to you and just know that I LOVE what you do!

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    1. You should never feel like you have to comment, that's work, I appreciate everyone who reads! I'm glad you've found gardening to be healing, it certainly is for me. And THANK YOU for commenting today, it means a lot!

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  7. Wow -- that was a great interview! Great job. You are a natural for sure. I've always loved your garden, but seeing it on the video gives a whole new and delightful perspective. Not only do I love your garden, but I appreciate how you express your garden philosophy. Plus a book is on the way -- yay!

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    1. Thanks Ragna, a natural huh? That's a funny thought, but I appreciate it.

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  8. The video turned out so well! You were very articulate and your passion for plants really came through. Seeing your garden in video was great as well, there's better depth perception than in stills. You could have your own show!

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    1. A show, well now, don't get carried away! I need to get serious about learning to take better videos of the garden, and sharing them. Thank you for the support!

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  9. BRAVO! That is a wonderful video, sharing for sure! A book...can't wait. : )

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  10. Oh, and it's good that you reminded us that bloggers appreciate comments. I don't have a blog, but I should know that as I use the Houzz Texas Garden Web like a blog. BTW, I put a link to your blog and interview on there.

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  11. It was such fun hearing your voice. I will hear your voice now each time I read your blog which is daily. Your passion for your garden comes through loud and clear on your blog too. I can't grow many of the plants you do outside but I so enjoy your way of writing about your garden. It is that passion that makes me know I am not the only one who loves their garden. Well done...please do carry on.

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    1. Funny, that was one of the hardest parts, hearing my voice. It sounds so different in my head! Thank you for the kind words!

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  12. Awesome! Can’t wait to watch when I’m at home with wifi. And yes, it is SUPER hard to watch oneself on video. I wonder why that is.

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    1. All your little mannerisms and tics are on full view. Things others see but we rarely do...

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  13. Very good interview Loree - enjoyed watching & listening to you. I enjoy following your blog, keep up the good writing and garden photography. I also watched a good film at Plant Pop titled: Tone Avent: Plant Hunter (August 26, 2016). I'll be watching for you book!

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    1. Ah I haven't watched the Tony film, thanks for the recommendation, and thanks for following!

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  14. You did good!!! I recall how well you spoke on the podcast for Cultivating Place so I wasn't at all surprised to find you did equally well on video. You have a clear perspective and an obvious passion for your topic and that comes through no matter how nervous you are.

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    1. Thanks Kris, it's getting a little easier, but I'm definitely not a natural...

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  15. You did great Loree -- if you were nervous it didn't show-you seemed poised and articulate. And how is it that I have never heard of Plant Pop ?? Did you know about it before ? I routinely search for plant videos but this one never crossed my radar. I see some binge-watching in my future.

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    1. Thank you Kathy, and ya, they've got a lot of good stuff in there to watch. I've known of them since the DC Fling. I'm not sure if they were a sponsor, or if someone talked about them.

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  16. How fabulous! And what fun for your followers! You look as if you've been doing this video thing on a regular basis for years. Good camera work, too. Heading back now to watch it again and then the other vids. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Sandy! Years huh? Nope, my fist ever!

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  17. Like a pro, Loree! I hope you do more too.

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  18. Love the film! Loree Bohl - fabulous plant diva, author, blogger, film star... You go gardener!

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    1. ...the next Marianne Williamson... (hahaha)

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  19. Just watched the video and was blown away. You are so honest and real in everything you say. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Pat, now I'm wondering if I said something I shouldn't have ;)

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  20. I'm one of those readers that doesn't comment but have been reading your blog for several years. Its one of favorites. I have gotten so many ideas from seeing your garden and your post. I also have a similar color scheme (orange and lots of galvanized steel). I dont have spikey, thorny plants though. Getting stabbed isnt something I enjoy. The video was very nice. Great job.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment today, and for reading! I am glad you enjoy it, even if you aren't a spiky plant lover.

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  21. Nice video! Like your mention I'm one of those frequent visitor, infrequent interactor. I started my garden about 2 years ago and your blog was a very useful tool, particularly for learning about new plants or being able to see nurseries and gardens to expand my horizons. Kudos and thanks!

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    1. Thanks for commenting, and wow! I just clicked over to your website, it's beautiful and it looks like your garden is as well. I couldn't help but notice your photo of the Flying Dragon Tongue Fern, do you remember where you got it?

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    2. Thanks! It's just gettin going.

      Yes I love that fern! I found it at Swanson's, and I believe as of last week they still had a couple (probably because they're priced at like $50/gallon pot), but I definitely haven't seen it elsewhere. I remember it was a Canadian grower, those red pots I see around sometimes.

      The photo is actually new growth, it originally had quite large extra toothy fronds, but I found out that the bunnies enjoy the stems... leaving beautiful but sad pristine stemless fronds scattered around on the ground :(

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