Creating harmony, simplicity and peace in the landscape......
"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.
Gardening is an instrument of grace. "
Gardening is an instrument of grace. "
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
|Limelight Hydrangeas in one of my landscapes - Jan Johnsen|
|Little Lime Hydrangea in another landscape - Johnsen Landscapes & Pools|
What's not to love?
|robot lawn mower|
The Worx Landroid lets you customize daily mowing schedules.
It runs 7 days a week giving your lawn a trim on a routine basis as opposed to traditional mowers that take off substantial amounts of grass on a less frequent basis.
|like a roomba vacuum, I guess|
Landroid navigates narrow passages, cuts with precision on slopes angling up to 20 degrees and does it all with zero emissions! (it runs off of a 28V rechargeable battery)
Your lawn should be under 10,750 square feet for Landroid to work precisely for you.
The keypad makes it easy to customize a mowing schedule. The low noise allows you to mow during the day or night.
|cuts on a slope too|
Makes a great Father's Day gift...more time for him to sit in front of the TV. :-)
Monday, April 20, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
|'Luxuriant' Bleeding Heart - Stoneridge Nursery|
If you love the lacy look of deer resistant Bleeding Hearts but wish that they lasted beyond spring then you are in luck! The cherry-red hearts of 'Luxuriant' Fringed Bleeding Heart will dangle on arching stems above mounds of graceful, fern-like foliage from May to October (in cooler climates).
This prolific bloomer prefers shade but can be grown in partial sun.
It comes back every year and looks so wonderful in large drifts with deer resistant ferns and Ladies Mantle. Its blue-green foliage is also quite attractive and can be planted in pots or as a ground cover. Butterflies like it too.
|Luxuriant Bleeding Hear at Monrovia|
The Fringed Bleeding Heart is smaller in size than its showier cousin, Bleeding Heart, but it lasts longer and has such great foliage. Easy to grow, fast growing, sells out....
Friday, April 17, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
|Fortex Pole Bean - Full Circle Seeds|
|Fortex from Johnny Selected Seeds|
|Annie's Kitchen Garden - Fortex Beans climbing on the fence|
Beans germinate when soil temp is at 60 - 80 degrees F.
Water well during hot dry periods and do not over fertilize which results in a surplus of foliage and low, delayed pod growth. Adding inoculant at planting time aids in a larger harvest and more robust plants.
|Pole bean entry by Jimster - on Garden Web|
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
I am on on a mission to revive 'garden memories' - to bring flowers, plants and gardens back into our lives.
This kind of knowledge has been cast aside in favor of math and physics but I say children can learn those disciplines better through understanding the phenomenal natural world around them.
So plant those sunflower seeds, pop in that Elephant Ear bulb and cut up those milk cartons....
transcendent garden memories await you and yours.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” - Loren Eiseley
I am teaching a one day class on Water in the Garden on April 17, 2015 - I have developed it to inspire, provoke and stimulate you to think about including some water - in one of its many forms - in a garden.
It is at the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx, NY. I offered it last year and the response was so positive that they want me to offer it again.
Hope you can come! GO HERE to register. CEUs provided.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
|young and tender dandelion leaves|
The dreaded Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), for which we spend tremendous amounts of weed killer money to eradicate, has been prized over the years for its medicinal and nutritious properties.
In fact, dandelion roots, flowers and "dandelion greens" (leaves) are all edible!
Dandelions, with their deep roots, mine the soil and are called “earth nail” by knowing gardeners. Its tenacious taproot, like a carrot but creamy-white under its light-brown skin.
Dandelions are a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Dandelion has been traditionally used for hundreds of years to give your liver a little love and support kidney function by increasing the flushing of waste from the kidneys.
Native Americans used dandelion decoctions (liquid made by boiling down the herb in water) to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and stomach upset.
|From a great blog: Sierra Foothills Garden|
• Dandelion roots can be roasted as a coffee-substitute, or boiled and stir-fried as a cooked vegetable.
• Dandelion flowers can be made into a wine.
|from Little house on the urban prairie|
from Embracing My Health blog
Boiling them or stir frying them will further reduce their bitterness.
from the Herbwife's Kitchen website
My musings: It makes sense that, at the end of winter, when our ancestors were probably hungry and vitamin deficient, that Nature would see to it that they had a great source of vitamins proliferating all around them! No one had to seed them or turn over the soil...the Dandelions appeared just for the picking!
And today we spend so much money just to make them go away....something is wrong here.
Just make sure to avoid harvesting near roads, since road salt and/or toxins may be present. Likewise, you obviously shouldn't harvest from a lawn where herbicides have been used.
|From Wellness Mama|
Friday, April 10, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
The far-seeing media critic Marshall McLuhan famously suggested that people deciding whether to buy a book should turn to page 69, read what's on it, and then make up their minds. It's a great technique and the results are pretty good. There is even a blog dedicated to it: the page 69 test.
So, of course, I applied this test to my book, 'Heaven is a Garden - Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection'.
Here are the photos and a paragraph from page 69:
Cascades and Traveling Streams
Streams and small cascades often are centerpieces of a serene garden. The sound of water tripping over rocks and the sparkle of the sun off a moving eddy calms us and makes us a little more contemplative. Ralph Waldo Emerson describes this in his book Nature: “Who looks upon a river in a meditative hour, and is not reminded of the flux of all things?”
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Dumbarton Oaks, in the Georgetown section of Washington, DC, is a unique outdoor space of tranquility and serenity. It is one of the top ten gardens of the world according to NatGeo.
The house was bought by Robert Woods and Mildred Bliss in 1920 and filled with their collection of Byzantine art. It is now owned by Harvard.
|Prunus walk - photo by Yoma Ullman|
The gardens, designed by Beatrix Farrand, are beautifully inspiring. The original 53 acres have been split up but 10 acres remain as a public park.
At cherry blossom time, late March to early April, it's so lovely.
I used to take my college class (I taught landscape design and development in the 1970s) there every year in April. We would get a private tour by the director and see the forsythia and cherries in bloom...what a treat!
Please try to go ...
1703 32nd Street, NW
During the spring, the gardens are open daily, except Mondays, from 2-6 p.m. General admission costs $8; students, kids ages 2-12 and seniors get in for $5. Season passes are available.