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. "
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
|Sanguisorba candensis - photo by Jan Johnsen|
Do you have a slightly wet piece of ground? American Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis) is an under-appreciated native perennial plant that might work for you! It is a fall bloomer that is still sporting its spikes of white fuzzy flowers in mid-October.
|American Burnet by Stefan Bloodworth|
Also called Canadian Burnet, it is common in the Eastern US and it is a large, graceful plant that is native to swamps and bogs but has a high degree of drought tolerance. It begins to bloom in August and continues through the fall.
It grows between 3 ft and 4 ft tall and is hardy from Zone 3 - 7.
|sanguisorba canadensis by Thomas Muller|
This plant is clump-forming and spreads through rhizomes. The abundant spikes of bottlebrush-like flowers attract bees and looks especially lovely on the edges of ponds and banks of streams. It looks great next to other tall autumn performers such as Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'.
|Helianthus Lemon Queen - photo by Kathy Diemer|
For a great post on other late fall bloomers go to A Garden For All - click here.
And if you would like to order Sanguisorba click here: Prairie Moon Nursery.
Monday, October 20, 2014
I had the pleasure of teaching along with Darrel Morrison at Columbia University for these last few years. Darrell is an outstanding landscape designer, thinker and teacher. And you should know about him.
|source: APLD OH|
While he was teaching he also worked on several wonderful landscape projects including the NY Botanical Garden's new Native Plant Center.
|NYBG Native Plant Center - photo - Jan Johnsen|
Here is a lovely video that I think anyone would thoroughly enjoy! His words are so heart felt and eloquent.
Bravo, Daryl! I hope you spread your magic around the world.
"The fact that time is moving faster means that it is getting more and more difficult for people to take control of time, or even just to take time off and relax.
And it is precisely this dilemma which led to the demand for gardens today to be sanctuaries of contemplation, where one feels embraced by nature.
In essence, gardens which provide people with peace of mind, a sense of stability and a feeling of contentment. It’s no longer enough to merely provide a green zone here, or an occasional floral embellishment to a skyscraper there.
What we need today are gardens that can reach deep into people’s hearts.”
- Shunmyo Masuno
Thursday, October 16, 2014
One of my assignments to my graduate students in the landscape design program at Columbia University is to take a paragraph from the book, 'The Hidden Dimension' by Edward T. Hall and share a personal experience related to the topic of the selected excerpt. 'The Hidden Dimension' is a time honored classic on the role of spatial understanding in culture.
The following is an essay that the talented designer, Yuliya Bellinger, wrote. I think it is so lovely and wanted to share it with you. Simple is beautiful.
TEXTURE in the Garden By Yuliya Bellinger
“Texture, about which I have said very little, is appraised and appreciated almost entirely by touch, even when it is visually presented. With few exceptions …it is the memory of tactile experiences that enable us to appreciate texture. So far, only a few designers have paid much attention to the importance of texture and its use in architecture is largely haphazard and informal. In other worlds, textures on and in buildings are seldom used consciously and with psychological or social awareness.”
Edward T. Hall, The Hidden Dimension, page 62
My fellow gardeners often disapprove of my compulsion to touch plants. Occasionally, I even tear a leaf, crush it in between my fingers and smell it (with their permission, of course). There is something about this interaction that makes my experience of their garden complete.
It might be, that it evokes my childhood experiences of exploring the world. After spending almost every summer at my grandfather’s farm and running barefoot for those two summer months, I miss the interaction with the earth and what it sprouts.
Walking through an overgrown patch of a lawn with stalks of grass caressing my legs immediately reminds me of the carefree summer time. One of my most luxurious “touching” experiences is walking on moss. The softness and coolness of moss cannot compare with any high quality carpet.
My garden guests are often pleasantly surprised and even shocked how vegetation can be so unexpectedly soft, fuzzy, silky, coarse, spiky, rough, thick or thin.
They react as if the appearance of a plant completely belied how it feels. Touching a sago palm is met with a shock of its almost synthetic smoothness, or lamb’s ears that are softer than any teddy bear.
|Lambs Ears - Blue Lake Discovery Garden|
Texture is an underrepresented quality of space today, and too often unexplored by visitors because of the societal constraints or visual dependency we are more likely to rely on to experience flora. Signs like “DON’T TOUCH” and “KEEP OFF” are enough to get everyone discouraged. And even when they are invited to explore and experience, people tend to be reserved about touching.
|in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden|
I was very encouraged after visiting the Brooklyn Botanic garden’s fragrance garden, specifically “plants to touch” section. It is elevated to accommodate people in wheelchairs and the blind to make interaction with the plant life effortless. How I would love to see more outdoor spaces that encourage a tactile experience; an equally enjoyable, important, and too often neglected component of a garden.
|Mood Moss from Moss and Stone Gardens|
Monday, October 13, 2014
I must admit I first discovered Drumstick Allium when I could not find any other allium bulb to buy...
It was late fall and I had waited too long to buy the popular Globemaster Alliums...
Artemesia Powis Castle - Great with Drumstick Alliums - Great deer resistant Combo!
White Flower Farm sells Drumstick Allium bulbs with Paprika Achillea (Yarrow). What a colorful combination which, yes, is DEER RESISTANT...
its Apple-red blooms stands above lovely ferny foliage. 'Achillea' is named for Achilles, who supposedly learned of Yarrow's medicinal qualities from his mentor, Chiron the Centaur, and used it to treat his men's wounds on the battlefield.
White Flower Farm Photo - deer resistant Drumstick Allium and Paprika Achillea
And here is Echinops or Globe Thistle with Drumstick Allium:
|from vanengelen nursery click here for source|
'Cotton Candy' Agastache - or Hummingbird Mint - with Drumstick Allium. The website Defining Your Home, Garden and Travel recommends this combination with this fantastic photo:
HYSSOP 'COTTON CANDY' with Drumstick Allium - deer resistant
Sunday, October 12, 2014
|Labyrinth - Regner Park|
The West Bend Labyrinth Gardens in West Bend, Wisconsin provides a beautiful setting for meditative walking. Retired schoolteacher Barb Robertson first saw a labyrinth garden in Montana and decided to build a labyrinth garden in her town.
After gathering a few grants to get started, permission from the city and a core of dedicated volunteers, the West Bend Labyrinth Garden Earth Sculpture became a reality.
Designated a Daylily Display Garden in 2009 by the American Hemerocallis Society, the garden has become a showplace each summer. The garden is located within Regner Park, 800 N. Main Street, West Bend.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
|We all head to the light #heavenisagarden|
|Timeless stone at Innisfree #heavenisagarden|
|repetition intrigues us|
| photo and garden, Jan Johnsen #heavenisagarden|
|Heaven is a Garden|
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
Cityline® Paris Hydrangea in front of Limelight Hydrangea - Johnsen Landscapes & Pools
Tired of floppy, weak stemmed hydrangeas, especially when they're in full bloom?
This new deep pink dwarf hydrangea hybrid from Germany has sturdy stems and excellent mildew resistance.
It is a maintenance-free plant that requires no pruning - this means more flowers the next coming summer!
Its intense pink-red color summer flowers are long lasting and age quite nicely into fall as well...
Cityline® Paris will add a deep pink zing to your garden and fill your home with beautiful fresh or dried cut flowers.
Note: Soil pH will affect flower color. For blue flowers, the soil must be more acidic and for pink flowers the soil must be more alkaline.