* I have scattered links throughout this blog to lead you to longer postings I've done on some of the frames below. Not all alas: I'm not that assiduous a blogger. Believe me.
|Jason Sampson, Director of the University of Pretoria botanical garden|
|Marietje and Georg Fritz of Heidelberg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Iris aucheri and Draba hispanica|
|Colchicum sp. in the garden of Dr. Anton Reznicezk, Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|Jan matching colors with Cercis canadensis in Tennessee|
|Erythronium americanum and Ramp foliage|
|Viola pedata in south central Kentucky|
|Water garden at Denver Botanic Gardens|
|Coreopsis verticillata growing on a cliff near Conway, Arkansas|
|Clematis addisonii in the Rock Alpine Garden|
|Aquilegia caerulea and Hyacinthoides hispanica|
|Cotyledon orbiculata and Astrophytum myriostigma|
|Nick Daniel and Gymnocarpium dryopteris|
|Opuntia 'Watermelon' at Timberline Gardens|
|At the Huntington|
|Tom Glavich and cactus frame|
A closer look at one of his cactus frames..
And here let's do justice to the succulents as well!
|Dylan Hannon's hand and mystery bulb|
|Dylan Hannon (left), Georg Fritz and Antoinette (Toni) Hannon|
|Monster Eucalyptus at Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden|
|Quecus macrophylla from Mexico|
Later that week we visited the Grand Canyon and that magnificent hike out onto Bright Angel point...
|Zion National Park|
|Lisa Bourey's cut flower garden|
|Kenton's Seth's latest monumental crevice garden in Grand Junction|
And there he is (on the left!)--one of the many young talents in rock gardening that make my life in Colorado so rewarding! Kenton is very much self taught--I met him four or five years ago after he'd been volunteering at the Western Colorado botanic garden: he'd soon be off to Turkey and Armenia and came back to work for Kelly at Timberline. He's now self-employed and busier than ever. A wonderful talent: do follow his blog and his business page! A force to be reckoned with!
|Lizard Head Pass, San Juan Mts., Colorado|
|Betty Ford Alpine Gardens new Visitor Center|
|Greater Des Moines Botanic Garden|
|Edward Lyon and Kelly Norris at Reiman Gardens|
|Reiman Gardens' butterfly house|
|Temporary Chihuly glass installation at Denver Botanic Gardens|
|Fastsia japonica 'Variegata' at Unique Plant Nursery near Chapel Hill|
|Galanthus elwesii v. monostictus at Montrose in Hillsborough, N.C.|
|Malibu Mountains from Palos Verdes on Christmas day (giant Pinus pinea on right)|
Christmas was spent in Southern California where I've been going for most recent years..the view from Kristen's incredible home...
I notice I neglected to show Iceland or four wonderful days in Copenhagen. And I've missed many a wonderful garden--and my tours to Cherokee Ranch. and what of Crete? My first visit in 25 years, and we crossed the White mountains 3, maybe 4 times (which I'd only gazed at longingly my first visits there as a young man)...I've not even had a chance to blog about those trips. This has truly been an Annus Mirabilis for me. Thanks to the Gardens and Chanticleer and a wonderful family and friends...
I shall end this flowery post with the final quatrain of my favorite poem, Andrew Marvel's "The Garden" (of course!)
"...How well the skillful gard’ner drew