Showing posts from January, 2014

Christie's of Angus...(random images from the first few minutes...)

I have long been curious about the advertisement that graced the back pages of the Scottish Rock Garden Society's journal alluring speaking of "Christie's Nursery" and I knew it had to be good the way people mention the name ever so casually in connection with the best plants "Christie's has that" or "Only available at Christie's". Needless to say, one more of the numerous highlights of my visit to Scotland last June was a luminous day at this mythical Scottish nursery in the rolling hills of Angus. Why is it when one speaks of Scotland, language seems to grow more sonorous and rich?By the way, Christie is technically retired (although I know he still participates in a few shows and some mail order. Not to America alas!

Scotland is famous for the ease with which Celmisias grow: this one was primo (and look at the seed on the little one lower right!

I'm guessing at the Glumicalyx: it could also be flanaganii...South African plants seem…



Tree diversity conference    2014

Munich revisited: the rock garden.

A few weeks ago I featured the wonderful annual displays at Nymphenberg, the extraordinary botanical garden of Munich. I promised then I'd give you a glimpse of another garden there: their amazing rock garden. The was the end point of a three week extravaganza that Jan Fahs (pictured above) and I undertook from Gothenburg. We spent a magical week in Sweden, then visited a host of public gardens in Denmark, and mostly Germany, many of which I have featured. this was a trip I'd dreamed about for decades, and though the locals complained bitterly about the cold spring, by the time we got there, things warmed up and I was blown away. All the white flowers around Jan above are Dryas octopetala, the mountain dryad that I've seen all over the Northern Hemisphere--but never quite so wonderful as this!
Rock gardeners often regard the Royal Botanic Gardens' rock garden as the supreme example of the art in public horticulture. I revisited Botanics in late June, and they're…