Creating harmony, simplicity and peace in the landscape......
"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.
Gardening is an instrument of grace. "
Gardening is an instrument of grace. "
Monday, May 25, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The traditional cottage gardens of Great Britain contain both vegetables and flowers - the flowers attract the bees to pollinate the crops.
|cottage garden, design - Jan Johnsen|
Thus cottage gardens are filled with colorful, scented blossoms and herbs. The tallest plants are at the back and shortest ones in front.
The flowers border the gravel paths and make quite a show. A confluence of shapes, color and texture make the garden an exuberant display of nature's finest. You can't make a mistake with this so have fun!
|Sunny Border Blue veronica - from Bluestone Perennials|
Monday, May 18, 2015
|( Profusion zinnias, marigolds,salvia, plectranthus - Jan Johnsen)|
|(Mohonk Mountain House, incredible place)|
At that time, I had drunk the 'koolaid' that said landscape architects need not be concerned with such superfluous things as flowers...this was decades ago when marigolds ruled the flower world. (smile).
But, as always happens, the very thing you think is not good is actually the best thing you could ever hope for! Life works that way....
(Jan Johnsen - Angelonia 'Wedgwood Blue')
Friday, May 15, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
This is the flower of Aesculus pavia x flava. It was taken at the Longenecker Gardens at the UW-Arboretum in Madison, WI.
I have never seen anything like this..had to share.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Life and Death, possession and loss,
success and failure, poverty and wealth,
virtue and vice, good and evil,
hunger and thirst, heat and cold --
Day and night they follow upon one another,
and no man can say where they spring from.
Therefore they must not be allowed to disturb the natural harmony,
nor enter into the soul's domain.
One should live so that one is at ease,
and in harmony with the world,
without loss or happiness,
and by day and by night,
share the peace of spring with the created things.
Thus continuously one creates the seasons in one's own breast.
Such a person may be said to have perfect talents.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
|Photo by Jan Meissner|
The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
~ George Bernard Shaw
And we understand Chief Seattle's 1854 admonition:
Looking at the natural world in this way is nothing new. The idea of sanctified outdoor space was the genesis for the sacred groves of the Egyptians, Indians and Greeks. It birthed the medieval labyrinths and Native Americans’ 'medicine wheels'. And of course, ancient Chinese geomancy, ‘Feng Shui’, and Indian ‘Vaastu’, which see the earth and her directions as living, vibrant forces.
|from the book, Heaven is a Garden - Jan Johnsen|
|Heaven is a Garden|
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
|I planted these Double Knock Out roses...blooming like crazy. - Jan|
I love Knock-out Roses...I know they are becoming almost too popular but there are good reasons for this:
They are disease free, bloom extra long and are cold hardy.
They bloom the first year you plant them and are heat tolerant.
And best of all, there is no need to deadhead Knock Out -- the flowers will continue no matter what!
I normally plant the Double Knock Out Rose. The flowers have 25 petals per bloom! Flowering begins in early summer and continues til heavy frost ( it was still blooming in NY in mid November).
|double knock out rose|
Prune them in late winter or early spring or trim them right after the first bloom flush in early summer. Follow with some rose food. Epsom salts too!
A great rose pruner is the Corona Long Reach Pruner. It cuts and holds so you don't have to touch thorny branches. Click on the name for more info. It makes rose pruning and other tree and shrub pruning so much easier because it gives you extra reach.
A new Knock Out I want to try is the 'White Out' Knock Out Rose. It has almost black foliage and creamy white flowers. Grows well in heat. Compact. Its open flower would look wonderful in a cottage garden. It was selected as one of ten top roses in 2012 at the UGA Trial Gardens. click here for more.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
|photo by Didier Willery|
What is evergeen, deer resistant, thrives in shade, has flowers and comes back every year?
You could answer Andromeda (Pieris) - but it doesn't really like shade.
Perhaps you answered Hakonechloa (Japanese Forest Grass) but it doesn't have flowers.
Barberry (berberis) and Daffodils are not evergreen.
Grasses, Boxwood and sedges don't meet this criteria either....
Barry Glick, aka Glicksterus maximus aka The Cyber-Plantsman has devoted more than six West Virginia acres to his 'Sunshine Selections' of hellebores.
HGC Pink Frost
He cultivates some 68,000 hellebores (click here) on the hills of Sunshine Farm & Gardens in Renick. You can visit him in mid winter and see for yourself!