My year in flowers
* 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|
One would have to spend a lot of time keeping track of Kenton's gardens--he's constructed over twenty in the last few years (and he's not much older than that...)
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
Of flow’rs and herbs this dial new,
Where from above the milder sun
Does through a fragrant zodiac run;
And as it works, th’ industrious bee
Computes its time as well as we.
How could such sweet and wholesome hours
Be reckon’d but with herbs and flow’rs!"