We know it is spring here in Oklahoma when we have tornado warnings in the afternoon and blowing snow advisories in the evening.  We dodged the tornadoes and the hail one day, got a nice rain and watched the temperatures drop 25 degrees in 30 minutes the sane evening. That description is a pretty typical March for us. We will have at least one big wet snow in March but it won’t last long since the day before the temperatures are usually in the 70’s.
    
We are ready for spring and all the things that go with it, like planting. By the time you read this, most of you will be in the middle of planting and harvesting. We have been spring cleaning on a major scale to get ready for that planting time. I love spring cleaning almost as much as selling flowers. It gets me excited and ready for all the work to begin. Actually, I think it gets me in shape for spring because as we all know spring cleaning can be a huge job in itself.
    
I know that spring and summer are right around the corner and although we haven’t even begun to tackle everything involved there, I am already thinking about September and the National Conference in Portland.  This is a very special National Conference for ASCFG and everyone should plan now and do their very best to attend. I promise it won’t be a conference you’ll forget.  It is the ASCFG’s 20th anniversary, a great accomplishment for any organization.  Working with ASCFG and the ASCFG Research Foundation as long as I have, I’d love to see this conference be extra special in every way. It would be great to have a record number of members attend the conference. As everyone knows, it is the members that make ASCFG special.  We have a great group of people in this organization, and to think it’s been that way for 20 years is pretty special.
    
The ASCFG Research Foundation would also like to make the conference in Portland something to remember. To do this, we would love to have any member that also does any kind of other art bring something they’ve made for the Research Auction. I say “other” art because I think growing flowers is also an art. It can be painting, pottery, stained glass, fiber art, wood working, and photography, anything that you’ve made to donate for the Research Auction. I would love to be able to bring home a piece of artwork from any member of the ASCFG to not only remember the conference, but also to remind me of all the great people I’ve met while belonging to the ASCFG. I know all of you are talented or you wouldn’t be growing flowers. So, bring a piece of art you’ve made to the conference for the 20th anniversary.
    
I hope everyone gets what you want and need this season and have a great season. For those growers in the East and Southeast, I hope you get the rain you need. I have a lot of friends in those areas that I know are worried because it is so dry. Believe me; I know what you are going through. We all have our challenges, no matter where we live.  It’s all about how we meet those challenges and make the best out of it that determines how we do in growing and in life.  It’s going to be a great year, don’t you think?