Friday, October 30, 2020

Invitation to a trough (symposium)!

My Kabschia (Porophyllum) trough

 Trough gardening has a history now stretching back a century or more, since Edwardian gardeners "discovered" the discarded stone troughs at farms in Britain (and Europe) which had been replaced by shiny, more modern metal sinks and basins. They would fill the rustic stone containers with annuals, usually, but rock gardeners soon realized that they were ideal for growing miniature alpines--as I did above when I planted a trough to various saxifrage species and hybrids in the Prophyllum section: you can control soil and moisture so much more easily in a container, and move it around if need be to better sites...

Another alpine trough

Another of my troughs with more saxifrages (including Saxifraga sempervivum in back and S. ferdinandi-coburgii--which love trough culture). The Draba is D. polytricha from Turkey, and Androsace x 'Millstream' which seem longer lived in troughs than in most non-crevice rock gardens.

Troughs at Laporte Avenue Nursery

One of the grandest displays at troughs is at Laporte Avenue Nursery in Fort Collins, where they have used them to maintain stock plants for their alpine propagation.

closeup of Laporte Avenue Nursery primula trough

Here the trough showcases Primula auricula (yellow) and another European alpine primrose in that same section.

Laporte Avenue Nursery

More troughs filled with happy primroses and saxifrages.

Androsace (Douglasia) montana

I will never forget seeing this enormous Rocky Mountain native--MUCH bigger than anything I've seen in nature. Alpines love troughs.

Sempervivum trough by Gwen Moore

But even if you don't grow high alpines, everyone grows succulents. This is one of Gwen's many troughs featuring Sempervivum spp. and hybrids. These are dead easy to grow in troughs and need little fuss or attention once completed.

Bronze trough for Denver philanthropists

No reason to use hypertufa: look at this grand Bronze urn I planted to various succulents. Not for my garden, alas!

Succulent trough: gift for a friend

These are two succulent troughs I made for a friend as a thank you for her getting me an award (and a trip to Hawaii to accept it!): somehow a mere thank you card didn't seem adequate...

Succulent trough: gift for a friend

She grew these for decades on her back patio: She passed away two years ago, and are not at her daughter's home in Durango.
 

Actual stone trough in Czechia with Saxifraga longifolia and Primula auricula     

In America you don't often see the original stone troughs like this one I photographed in Czechia: they're beautiful even if they aren't in bloom!

Stone trough with Lewisia cotyledon

Here's a rather simple trough--but containing some super elegant plants and their gorgeous bloom: this is a mere TASTE of what you can see and learn if you sign up for the first ever symposium that will describe uses and techniques that few have imagined! More info below:

 Click on the image above to learn more about the first ever Study Day dedicated to the art of gardening with troughs: I am honored to be one of the presenters: I will illustrate and tell the story of the ambitious trough extravaganzas developed at Denver Botanic Gardens featuring monumental hypertufa containers. These were a laboratory of experimentation with a host of native wildflowers--many of which performed spectacularly and have persisted for nearly 2 decades. One example shown below...

Pikes Peak trough, with endemic alpines

I will show each of the monumental troughs in this display, filled with rare and unique native wildflowers--many of which we have never succeeded in growing before! You shan't regret signing up!


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Roses and lilies (Kew: Part Four)

The Rose Garden 

I wonder how many people realize the national flower of both England and the United States is the rose? We hit the Kew rose garden at very peak of bloom: I was charmed by the arbors and the health of the roses. Here are just a few examples...

Rosa 'Bobbie James'

Love the variety of roses--and wonderful to hit them at the peak of bloom.

Rosa 'Bobbie James'

Rosa 'New Dawn'

Not being a rosarian, I can't add TOO much of value, except to share these pictures and say "Ooooo"...love the petals scattered on the lawn!





One I forgot to photograph the label...



I fear I forgot to photograph the label for this distinctive one...








Rosa 'Chevy Chase'

Rosa 'Chevy Chase'

A wonderful drift of Lilium regale

Lilium regale

Cardiocrinum giganteum

Perhaps the climax of the whole visit for me was coming onto the huge masses of giant Himalayan lilies blooming in the woodland garden. Simply breathtaking!

Cardiocrinum giganteum

Cardiocrinum giganteum

Veratrum nigrum

Perhaps a bit anticlimactic, but not for me...the black, pleated leave false hellebore was something I hadn't seen since Central Asia. 

Thanks for hanging in there: just one more blog post, and this trip shall be finished once again....

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense on Hong Shan

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense on Pass to Napahai, Zhongdian

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense on Shika Shan, Zhongdian plateau 

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense on Shika Shan, Zhongdian plateau 

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense on Shika Shan, Zhongdian plateau 


Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense on Shika Shan, Zhongdian plateau 

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense on Pass to Napahai, Zhongdian


Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense on Hong Shan

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense on Hong Shan

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense on Hong Shan

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense on Hong Shan

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense on Hong Shan
Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense on Hong Shan


Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense on Hong Shan

 
Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense in Plantasia DBG

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense in Plantasia DBG

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense in Rock Alpine Garden, DBG


Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense in Plantasia DBG

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense in Plantasia DBG

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense in Plantasia DBG

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense in Plantasia DBG

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense in Plantasia DBG

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense in Rock Alpine Garden, DBG

Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. yunnanense in Rock Alpine Garden, DBG


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