Who are these people and why are they in my garden?
John Tradescant the elder (1570-1638)
John Tradescant was a naturalist, gardener, and collector who travelled the world collecting seeds and bulbs. He introduced many plants into English gardens that, to this day, remain part of almost every garden designer's repertoire and, in a strange twist of fate, he has reached out from the grave to continue to shape the direction of English gardening.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Behind The Lens- Local Food and Giving Thanks
Giving thanks is what many of us do this time of year as we gather with our family and friends around the table on Thanksgiving day. Often we forget to remember the significance of all the hard work and effort given by our local farmers every day of the year. It is my hope that through my artwork, I will raise awareness regarding the importance of eating locally grown fresh foods not just for our own health, but also for the positive benefits that buying locally can have on our own communities both economically and socially.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Garden People: The Photographs of Valerie Finnis
by Ursula Buchan with Anna Pavord and Brent Elliott
Thames & Hudson 2007
I simply loved this book! Although not a recent release--it was published in 2007--it's a photographic history of a class of gardeners who pre-date the "age of the garden designer." These were real plantsmen, as both men and women were referred to in those days, whose knowledge of horticulture was only complemented by their eccentricities.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Fall Garden on November 7
I was walking in the garden yesterday late afternoon. With sunlight raking in through a cloudless sky, I was struck by the fact that this is one of my favorite times of year out there. Leaves on native trees such as maples and ashes have fallen yet the garden glows. (In large part this is because so many garden worthy shrubs and trees hold their foliage in the autumn well beyond those of native plants.) We’ve cut back all herbaceous perennials and stored pots, garden ornaments and furniture in the barn. In doing so, we’ve revealed the pure structure of the garden: trees, shrubs, hedges and built structures all set on a much more apparent lawn. The garden at this point in the year is so spare that the clarity of the late afternoon light reaches every corner.
Monday, November 7, 2011
It's that time of year when the winterberries are beginning to stand out like bright red flags along the edges of many of the wetland areas. I have already seen several people in their wellies, wading ankle deep into the marsh, with pruners in one hand and a copy of Martha Stewart Living in the other, cutting them for holiday decorations.
Friday, November 4, 2011
|photo by Andrea Geesaman|
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Wintering Roses in Colder Climates
Not all roses need winter protection. Rugosas and their hybrids, ‘The Fairy’, the Meidiland Shrub Roses, the Canadian Explorer series roses, as well as the Redleaf Rose and many of the older roses are rock hardy and do not need any winter protection. All the modern roses (Hybrid Teas, Floribundas and Grandifloras) and all of David Austin’s English roses do. When in doubt about whether or not a particular variety needs protection, we err on the side of caution.