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, February 26, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Jupiter Artland Logo by Iain Mckintosh, illustrator
Edinburgh has a unbelievable private sculpture garden called Jupiter Artland, a private (no public funding!) sculptural park featuring a magical collection of outdoor land art and more. Nicky and Robert Wilson created Jupiter Artland on the grounds of their 80 acre home, Bonnington House in West Lothian. It is what they call, "their life's work."
Jupiter Artland is open on weekends, during the summer, for a modest entrance fee.
Photo from Times On Line of Life Mounds at Jupiter Artland
The marvels they feature include a Charles Jencks earth sculpture called Life Mounds which is bisected by the driveway up to the house. See above photo.
Jupiter Artland Map by Iain McIntosh, illustrator
Robert Wilson, in an interview with Anna Burnside of the Sunday Times said, "“I dislike private collections that are not open to the public," He wants to share his wonder with others. “Otherwise it’s like King Midas, sitting on his own, counting his money.”
And Nicky Wilson spearheaded this amazing park:
Here is the statement by Charles Jencks on his Life Mounds:
There are other amazing pieces here such as Andy Goldsworthy's Stone Coppice — 54 boulders inserted into coppiced sycamore trees — and Peter Liversidge's signpost pointing to the planet Jupiter. Wilson ultimately says that his Jupiter Artland. “....gives the woods a reason for being. It becomes so much more than a pretty landscape.”
...and then some.
This is a Great short video on The Wilsons and their Jupiter Artland - phenomenal!
Friday, February 18, 2011
The bloggers write about themselves : "Brought to you by the muddy hands of Helen Battersby and Sarah Battersby, sisters and neighbours who come from long lines of English gardeners...".
Their blog is both beautiful and informative. And they have high ratings to prove it.
They have been at this garden blog business a while...they started their blog in 2006!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
OZ BREED (click on the name for the site)
It describes the new varieties of certain sub tropical plants beautifully, shows them in the Chelsea garden displays and makes me dream of living in a warmer clime...Florida, perhaps?
For example, it features the improved varieities of Dianella caerulea—an evergreen perennial herb commonly known as Blue Flax Lily. This strappy leaved plant flowers throughout the spring and summer. The species, which requires little maintenance, is hardy both to drought and to frost.
BECCA (see below) is an improved selection of blue flax lily.
It is a medium textured "strappy-leafed" plant with arching sprays of tough, green foilage that slowly spreads by rhizomes. Plants are accented in the spring by beautiful masses of soft blue flowers with yellow anthers followed by purplish berries. 2 ft tall and wide.
Ozbreed - Purple Lea
Ozbreed - Nafray
And make sure to check out their videos...they have some great ones!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Red dining rooms are popular - maybe because red is emblematic of vitality and hgh spirits:
I painted one dining room red and I must say, the conversation became very heated in that room.
And then there is the most amazing book I ever saw, 'The Red Book' by Carl Jung:
Painters use red like spice. - Derek Jarman
Red Fence by Viking Fence
Poppies at Jim's by Jan Johnsen
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Want to know what plant is 'all the rage' in Europe? and a 2010 Royal Horticultural Society Plant of Merit?
The 3' - 4 ft tall 'Firetail' Knotweed or Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’
Beloved by James Van Sweden and Piet Oudolf, this non-invasive Himalayan perennial adds a “nice red spark” to the late summer garden (from July through Frost). It forms a bushy mound of foliage topped by brightly colored “tails” of tiny crimson flowers.
It looks great in a mass planting and wonderful as a background for Asters, mums, short grasses, geranium 'rozanne'. Contrasts well with purple salvia, echinops, helianthus, nepeta or perovskia. Also effective in moist areas along streams or ponds. Underplant it with early-spring-blooming bulbs for color in the spring .
Persicaria amplexicaulis prefers moist soils and partial sun to full sun conditions. It has no serious disease or insect problems. Hardiness USDA zones 5 to 9
Persicaria Pink Elephant from Chris Ghyselen
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
~ Ute York
A few days ago we had the New Moon (or No Moon as I say). At that time, there is no visible moon in the sky ( it is there but just not illuminated by the sun).
Photo above is from the SpaceFellowship, Rob Goldsmith.