Bob Nold. Kind of a lumpy name, never much liked the last, Germanic, name, and the first, well, I’m stuck with that, too.
I was fortunate enough to be able to indulge in early retirement, so I don’t do much of anything except gardening. After I retired in 2007 there was some talk (all coming from me) of moving to the West Coast, where I grew up, but I rarely get around to doing anything, and when my wife died suddenly in 2009 it was clear to me that staying in the house she made so cozy for the two of us was my only realistic option.
So I tend a weed-choked garden on the extreme western suburbs of Denver, Colorado. The weeds are not entirely my fault, as the garden borders a “green belt” (a weedy flood plain only too eager to share its extra plants with me.
There are some books associated with my name; Penstemons, Columbines, and High and Dry. These are out of print, but the first two are available as print-on-demand, without my wife’s watercolors.
I also contributed to the American Horticultural Society’s A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, am a member of the Cactus and Succulent Society, the British Cactus and Succulent Society, the Alpine Garden Society, the North American Rock Garden Society, the Scottish Rock Garden Club, etc. etc.
I have a dog, a ten-year old border collie, Chess, hopelessly spoiled by my wife and not very much help in the garden. Neither am I.