Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
|A danger garden, of sorts...|
|Fantasy flowers and foliage grace a temporary construction fence.|
|This color saturated acrylic yarn is not something I would want to wear, but it's held up well here for several months now|
|It's different, it's colorful, and it's fun. Well done!|
Friday, September 24, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
- Plants are no longer blooming or their growth is elongated/spindly because their once sunny setting is now shaded. (Or the opposite; shade has been replaced by sun.)
- Plants are encroaching on walkways, windows, roof lines, etc., because they’ve outgrow their designated space.
- Plants are stressed due to water restrictions and/or irrigation failure.
- Damaged or uneven surfaces that present a hazard to moving through the space
- Failed retaining walls
- Faded, stained, or discolored surfaces.
- Broken or sagging fences, gates, arbors, or stairs
- Drainage problems
- Changes in lifestyle
- Changes in aesthetic tastes
- Changes in gardening interests and/or values
- Changes in physical capabilities
|Before: a welcoming entry and a seating area were lacking|
|After: a new deck/porch and...|
|... an entry walk, and refreshed garden plantings|
|Before: home renovations created a need for new access and plantings for the extended side yard|
|After: the perfect place for raised gardens and a destination seating area|
|After: walkways serve as a unifying element throughout the landscape|
Andrew Keys : Garden Smackdown : Boston, MA
Carolyn Gail Choi : Sweet Home and Garden Chicago : Chicago, IL
Genevieve Schmidt : North Coast Gardening : Arcata, CA
Jocelyn Chilvers : The Art Garden : Denver, CO
Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK
Rochelle Greayer : Studio “G” : Boston, MA
Susan Cohan : Miss Rumphius’ Rules : Chatham, NJ
Susan Morrison : Blue Planet Garden Blog : East Bay, CA
Friday, September 17, 2010
|goldenrod, switch grass, and junipers in the Sand Hills of Nebraska|
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
|this beautiful Asian pear tree screens the entry garden from the side yard dining area|
|Viola 'Purple Showers' left, blooms all summer|
|a bubbling water pot adds a light, refreshing sound along the path|
|a beautiful textural contrast; a fern and lady's mantle|
|overgrown patty-pan squash looks charming here, and will soon feed the goats!|
|gate with dog door|
|run and play, run and play!|
|hunt and peck, hunt and peck!|
|a small patio seating area in the heart of the garden. bags of grass trimmings ready to be spread as mulch.|
|red runner beans|
|Barbara Miller displays her greenhouse with crops growing directly in the soil floor.|
|Pinot Noir pepper, a summer crop in the greenhouse|
|sanitation and safety are critical|
|doesn't that look cozy?!|
Friday, September 10, 2010
Good news / bad news in the water garden. The good news is that Kyoto, my favorite koi, totally recovered from his ailments of last winter (read about that here and here). He's happy tearing around the pond with his pal, Lucky:
|Kyoto and Lucky at play|
And participating in the evening feeding frenzy:
|Kyoto, center, fights for his share of the food|
The bad news is that our water clarity has been terrible this year. For whatever reason (suggestions, anyone?) our usual crop of water hyacinths and water lettuce, which we depend on to shade the water and also filter it, did not grow at all this summer. The result was murky, pea green water (caused by suspended algae) that made fish viewing almost impossible. Grrrr!
How have your water gardens fared this year? Did you try any new plants? What are your favorites? Tell us about your fish, too...
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Grass plants are prized for their wonderful variety of textures, forms, and colors. But their flowers? Not so much. Grasses are wind pollinated; no need to put on a showy flower display to attract insects. Technically, what we see is an inflorescence composed of tiny flowers, or florets, protected by bracts. The bracts are the showy structures that add a second tier of visual impact to the landscape. Here are a few of the grasses that are blooming now in my garden:
I love switch grass, and my favorite is this blue cultivar, Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky' Note the tiny burgundy-red flowers.
|This panicle type inflorescence looks like beads on crimped wires to me!|
|Red flowers here, too, on a spike inflorescence|
|Although this also looks like another spike inflorescence, it will open into a raceme as it matures a bit|
|Note the minute yellow flowers. The hair-like structure is an awn|
|Russian sage and fernbush, Chamaebatiara millefolium|
If you would like your own copy of Durable Plants for the Garden from Plant Select, contact participating retailers listed here, Denver Botanic Gardens, or your favorite bookseller.
Mark, contact me with your mailing address and we'll get your book to you ASAP!
Sunday, September 05, 2010
|Fallugia paradoxa, Apache plume|
Friday, September 03, 2010
Friends near and far are reporting thefts of herbs, veggies, fruits and flowers from their community gardens. Even those with "private" street-side gardens have had produce swiped - at it's peak, of course. Why? Have you had this problem? Have you found a solution?
Please share your ideas here!
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
I'm a huge fan of the Plant Select® program in that it combines plant exploration, research as to regional adaptability, and timely propagation for retail availability (none of that "Gee, cool plant, too bad no one sells it!" stuff). Although the program focuses on plants for the High Plains and intermountain states, many of them are appropriate for use in other regions as well. Trees, shrubs, perennials - including grasses, vines, and groundcovers - and even annuals are included in the program.
Durable Plants for the Garden features the first seventy-four plants promoted by Plant Select® Each plant profile includes a detailed description with multiple color photographs, cultural requirements, recommended landscape use, etc. I especially like the background information about why each plant was chosen and what it's advantages and disadvantages are. Go here to take a peek a some of the featured pages. Isn't that great?! I think it's wonderfully designed, easy to use, and inspiring.
Here are a few of the Plant Select® plants that I'm growing in my garden:
|Zauschneria garrettii, orange carpet hummingbird trumpet|
|Chamaebatiaria millifolium, fernbush|
|Berlandiera lyrata, chocolate flower|
|Sibiraea laevigata, Siberian spirea|
|Fallugia paradoxa, Apache plume|
|Phlomis cashmeriana, Cashmere sage|
|Veronica liwanensis, Turkish veronica|
When you're ready to purchase Plant Select® plants for your garden you can find a list of retailers here. Plant Select® is a Colorado nonprofit organization.