Friday, February 17, 2017
I realize the print on this is ridiculously small: if you email me at email@example.com (put TREE BROCHURE in your subject line) I'll send you a .pdf of this file you can blow up much bigger! But you get the drift--we keep planting crappy trees and they keep dying (in most of our cities anyway). We need to plant a much bigger variety for many reasons--warding off major pests is certainly one of them!
Everyone SAYS they love trees, but in the final analysis, most people would rather watch NFL football or go shopping than spend a day with people like this. Not me...
I've been part of this symposium from its first year: every year we've had fantastic talents (we've had Guy Sternberg TWICE--and will have him again)--the subject of trees in Urban landscapes impacts the quality of our lives so very much.
Of the many initiatives I've helped nudge along: rock gardening in public gardens, appreciation of Western Landscape ethic, Xeriscape, South African cold hardy plants, the birth of dozens of public gardens in the Plains and Rocky Mountain states, the appreciation of species irises, hardy succulents, crevice gardening (although I don't have one myself...)...have I mentioned Steppe awareness and Plant Select? Of all these endeavors I've joined in on--the Tree Diversity initiative may be the most lasting and valuable.. but you'd have to come to this conference to "get it"!
Hope to see you March 10!
Thursday, February 16, 2017
|Mitella ? nuda|
|Viola ? sororia|
|And more trilliums!|
|And more trilliums!|
|And more trilliums!|
|Trillium grandiflorum galore!|
|Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)|
|Trillium grandiflorum and Anemonella thalictroides|
I think I will make this my Facebook header!
Here is an overiew--and yes, that's May Apple (Podophyllum peltatum) above it.
And I didn't know that Golden Smoke (our wonderful annual fumewort of the West) also grew in Michigan...
|Look at the variation in form and color!|
|They filled the woods|
|You can probably tell that my dear friend Marcia Tatroe is smiling her head off!|
|This was sheer bliss for me...|
|Enough comments for now! The plants speak for themselves!|
|I'm not sure if this is a plum or a cherry--I suspect Tony Reznicek will straighten us out! He was the chairman of this fabulous meeting...|
|Jack in the pulpits again...|
This year the North American Rock Garden Society will hold its Study Weekend in Madison, Wisconsin--the wonderful capital of that state. There will be some spectacular gardens there...and in November we will meet in North Carolina for our Annual Meeting: Montrose--Nancy Goodwin's fantastic garden--will be featured (with its millions of fall blooming snowdrops--click to see my blog about it at the same time of year as the meeting)...and oh yes, J. C. Raulston Arboretum--and Juniper Level Botanic Garden with Plant Delights--that endless source of fabulous plants! Time to join up (just email NARGS Secretary ("Bobby J. Ward" firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, February 5, 2017
|Mary and Don Lafond|
I'd moved on...but now, several years later as I've labeled slides and revisited Michigan through them, I realize that my pictures turned out well enough that I really had to share them. Hindsight 20/20! This remarkable garden feels enormous (and you will think it had to comprise many acres to encompass all these shots)...and it's not small. But Don (the primary gardener) has an amazing knack at creating vignettes and microclimates--so every view seems harmonious and different. The enormous collection of plants is comfortably ensconced in a garden of supremely elegant, natural design. There's never been better proof that you can be a world class collector, and a great artist all at once! (Thank you, Don, for letting me show your garden, and for providing me with many names of plants in the blog: any mistakes are my own, however!)
|Alyssum oviense and Phlox subulata pink,|
|Chaenomeles japonica 'Alpina' in the trough|
|Daphne cneorum 'Alba'|
|Iris pumila hybrid purple, Phlox subulata 'Temiskaming' pink . Tulipa batalinii|
|Anemonella 'Shoaff's Double Pink' , Anemonella thalictroides semi-double white I found, Anemonella thalictroides light pink double I found (D.L), Epimedium davidii, Corydalis turtschaninovii, Trillium grandiflorum 'Multiplex'|
|Trillium pusillum, Thalictrum kiusianum,Tsuga canadensis 'Bacon Cristate'|
|Mukdenia rossii and Phegopteris hexagonoptera|
|Daphne x hendersonii|
|Anchusa undulata in bloom and a Salvia sp.|
|Daphne 'Benaco' (dark pink), Daphne 'Marion White' (white), Daphne 'Meon' (pale pink),|
|Daphne 'G K Argles'|
|Pinus banksiana (broom), Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Short Stack', Acanthus hungaricus, Hymenoxys herbacea or Tetraneris-[damn botanists :) D.L.], Phlox borealis|
|Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Short Stack'|
|Hymenoxys (Tetraneuris) herbacea|
|Tulipa chrysantha and Berberis thunbergii 'Bonanza Gold'|
|Iris 'Betty Boo'|
|Glaucidium palmatum and Cardamine cf. pentaphylla|
|Trillium maculatum (Hybrids from Fred Case" D.L.)and T. luteum|
|Anemone ranunculoides fl. pl.|
|Corydalis nobilis & Bellavalia foeniculum|
|32 Anemonella thalictriodes|
|Rhododendron 'Olga Mezzit', Rhododendron 'Cunningham's Blush'|
|Anemone nemorosa cv?|
|Primula kisoana v. alba Foreground, Anemone nemorosa behind|
Weigelia sessilis 'Canary'
|Weigelia sessilis 'Canary'|
|Picea glauca 'Dent'|
|Maianthemum (Smilacina) stellatum|
|Cercis canadensis 'Alba'|
|Taxus baccata 'Aurea'|
|Daphne 'Maisey Larae'|
|50 Epimedium ? pubigerum|
|Daphne x burkwoodii 'Silver Edge'|
|54 Narcissus 'Sun Disc'|
|Caragana sp. ign.|
|Daphne ' Bramdean'|
|58 Epimedium wushanense (lower left, spiny leaf form), Disporum flavens, Trillium kurabayashii|
|Trillium maculatum (hybs. ex Fred Case)|
|Trillium flexipes, Disporum (Prosartes) maculatum, Cardiocrinum cathayanum, Lilium martagon|
|Trillium grandiflorum 'Roseum' and Arisaema nigrum|
|65 Primula mistassinica?|
|One of many garden tours (with Don presiding center left)|
|Mary and Don|