“A garden is first and foremost a work of art, with the garden playing the roles of architect, sculptor, musician and painter in turn. A garden should move visitors,setting all their senses aquiver”. - Dominique Lafourcade
"As life gets more hectic, we seek homes and gardens that are refuges from the chaos. It doesn't matter if we have a five-acre property, suburban half acre or a balcony off our apartment; a garden that provides serenity is a treasure.
Jan Johnsen's Heaven is a Garden(St. Lynn's Press) is a gem of a little book that provides both inspiration and practical suggestions for creating our own garden sanctuaries.
A few of her thoughts: • A cozy, sheltered corner can be created next to your home by using the rear wall as one side of the corner and a low hedge as the other side. Johnsen calls the result "a wonderful niche for a small table and chairs. "
• Plant beds shaped as spirals are most captivating, according to the author. Try compact herbs, low boxwood hedges or lavender to define the spiral shape.
• Consider a loop path for your back yard, which "…
This is a great reminder of how fast plants grow -
Golden Majoram is planted in the squares at the base of this Grape Arbor.
The photo at top is taken from one end while the after photo is looking toward the other end...
Thomas Jefferson, the third president, was an ardent plant lover and a pioneer plant distributor. He collected exotic trees and shrubs and investigated new crops to grow in the United States. He was instrumental in introducing many vegetables into the young American culture. For example, he smuggled rice in a tea canister from his tour in Italy and sent it to South Carolina and Georgia as a possible crop. His attempts to have farmers in those areas sow various varieties of foreign rice, were finally successful and, in time, it became a flourishing agricultural crop.Jefferson also sent Lewis and Clark off to explore the west and asked them to gather native seeds. He corresponded with many to have them send vegetable seeds from other parts of the globe. Nicholas King, mapmaker for the Lewis and Clark expedition explained, “no person has been more zealous to enrich the United States by the introduction of new and useful vegetables.”Peter Hatch, who spent 35 years restoring the 2,400 acr…
The fiber artist Renate Hiller was interviewed about handwork and kids. I thought it addressed the value of children and gardening perfectly:
"In the past there were all the professions of the shoemaker and the tailor and so on, and that’s also being lost.
If you do practical work somewhere on the school grounds, there is practical work going on. The children will all go to that.
They’re really drawn to that. They want to experience it and however the reality is that there’s less and less of that. In the home, you know you can use already bought vegetables, all chopped up and ready to eat.
There is very little activity like kneading the bread, and you know children grasp first an item and then they grasp with their mind.
So if they have very little to grasp other than plastic readymade toys then what their mind grasps is very little..."
Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is a highly aggressive and invasive plant. It is the closest thing that you'll find to Godzilla in the plant world. It spreads by underground rhizomes, especially in wetland areas and along rivers. The plant originated in Asia and was introduced to the U.S. to control erosion on disturbed sites.
And that is where our troubles began: Japanese knotweed can grow almost anywhere and spreads like crazy. . Michael De Rosa writes, "Cutting and removing standing vegetation is a beginning, but without removing the root ball completely, the plant will re-colonize the area within the same growing season. Moreover, the plant will regenerate into an entirely new plant from broken stems, leaves and root parts. Knotweed will generate new growth from broken stems and rhizome parts. This is what makes knotweed such an insidious plant. It is able to clone itself from broken parts as well as aggressive rhizome growth."
I am sitting here, drinking a lovely cup of Tulsi tea, and I realized I should share tulsi with all...Tulsi tea provides a calming effect and its anti-stress properties are well known in India.
Also known as the Queen of Herbs, it is the most important plant in the Hindu way of life.
What is Tulsi (Holy Basil)?
TULSI (Ocimum sanctum), known as Holy Basil - is the sacred herb of India. (Please note it is a different plant from the pesto variety of Basil, Ocimum basilicum.)
It has been revered for over five thousand years as a healing balm for body, mind and spirit.
The leaves, flowers, fruits, root, branches and the main stem and everything about Tulsi is sacred in India; even the soil under the Tulsi plant is holy. ( Padmapurana 24/2)
The Tulsi Shrub
Tulsi is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. It is a bushy shrub about 18 inches high with oval and serrated leaves (the leaf colors range from light green to dark purple, depending on the variety). In the wild, tulsi …
TheWilliam T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening opened in 1991 and spreads out over 8.5 acres. There are 23 demonstration gardens filled with ideas for home gardeners. You can also call their Master Gardeners and get personalized answers to your specific gardening questions, 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Call (314) 577-5143. Kemper Center Plant DoctorsBring in a sample of your sick plant and let the Master Gardeners at the Plant Doctor desk diagnose your problem and provide treatment recommendations. This is a walk-in service from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Service is free with Garden admission. Try to include leaves and flowers representati…