See more photos and her book at her website. Click here.
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. "
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
|Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea - photo by Sandra Reed|
Oh yeah, and it should be compact, fairly minimum maintenance and grow to -20 degrees F.
And it should be reddish/pink.
RUBY SLIPPERS OAKLEAF HYDRANGEA is the answer.
|Monrovia - Ruby Slippers close up|
Developed by the U.S. National Arboretum in McMinnville, TN in 2010, the compact Ruby Slippers is a cross between Snow Queen and PeeWee hydrangea and does not grow higher than 4 feet.
It is perfect for small residential gardens (such as mine).
It also does well in planters and containers - perfect for balconies and decks! And if you have a larger area, you can use them in a mass planting, as a striking hedge and in mixed borders.
Blossoms are robust and remain upright even after heavy rains and strong winds. The same is true for the glorious leaves. Just make sure to mulch to retain soil moisture and help keep the roots cool.
Winter interest? It has lovely cinnamon exfoliating bark which is beautiful.
Ruby Slippers is spectacular anywhere it's planted.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Ben Young, landscape architect, used different varieties of moss in this serene landscape. The different colors and textures are provided by a variety of moss, specifically, cushion moss, hair cap, rock cap and some sheet moss. They are growing in the shade of a Royal Star Magnolia tree.
The moss came from Moss Acres.
Ben Young's website - click here.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
"We need alchemists who can turn our banal residential yards into spaces for dwelling.
But a garden is a relationship.
The best a designer can do is to make the introduction."
(I agree! - Jan)
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Garden Gnome, anyone?
This year the Royal Horticultural Society in the UK declared that the banned garden gnome was now allowed to be part of the Chelsea Flower Show.
Tackiness be damned! Garden gnomes for all!
This may seem to be a funny little discussion but it actually has great portent. Garden gnomes, those funny little white-bearded creatures, are associated in England with the landscapes of the not-so-rich and the unfamous. According to English gardening maven, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, “Gnomes are very symbolic in English gardens as an anti-class statement."
Born to be Wild Gnome
Anti-class? anti- posh? These happy little garden sprites (or small and creepy men, depending on your point of view) are reminders that we are all free to fashion our gardens, our little bits of heaven, in our own way. I remember, growing up in Brooklyn, walking by many a 'bathtub Mary' in the chainlink bordered front yards of those lucky enough to have a front yard. They would take a cast iron bathtub (tossed out in favor of newer, lighter ones) and set it vertically in the ground to act as a niche for a statue of Mother Mary. The genesis of re-purposing, I am sure.
But back to gnomes, the Chelsea Flower show allowing gnomes is akin to baseball allowing wiffleballs in their games. People were aghast. Gnomes, which are called “brightly colored mythical creatures” in the flower show handbook, are opposite of the traditional Chelsea approach. They have been lumped for years with balloons, flags, and “feather flags,” and other banned items as detractors from the plant and garden display.
So why the switch? Because people have become 'gnome fanatics'! Solus, a gardening related products company has sold 200,000 of their Woodland Wilf line since 2009. People put them in their front yard, their backyard, lying on a leaf, under some trees, in the lawn. Some people hide gnomes in their friends' gardens as a game: 'find the gnome'
Even Elton John got into the act...As part of its new gnome-friendly policy, the horticultural society asked a group of celebrities to decorate some gnomes. Guess what the Elton John gnome looks like? 'Gnomism' lives on.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Blue Moon by David Leaser
This is the time of year to savor beautiful flower photos....They bring us back to the blossoms that thrilled us in the garden in the warmer months. In the winter, I often have photos of flowers on my desk or on my wall to greet me and remind me of Nature's glories.
In this regard, I have to share with you the photo work of David Leaser. I met him last year at the Architectural Digest show in NY. He had an entire wall of phenomenal flower photos that stopped me in my tracks. The quality and imagery took my breath away.
It was in late winter and I stood there soaking in the extraordinary pictures.
These are not ordinary photos - Leaser uses NASA technology to create botanical images that have such detail that you can literally see the pollen grains on the flower stamens! The photo above is a photo he took of a Jade Vine - a tropical plant - native to Philippine islands. David says that the iridescent turquoise coloring is unique in the plant world. Click here for more info.
He explained to me how he came to photograph flowers and I could see David's enthusiasm for what he does in his telling. I never forgot it. So you can imagine how I felt when I went to the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, California this past September and saw 11 large David Leaser photos on the walls of one its buildings.
Here is a photo I took at the Huntington - see how large the photo is? and how luminescent it is?
David Leaser says that it was on a trip to the Amazon where he had an epiphany about flowers. Here is a little of an interview he had with ABC.:
Here is that same image - large - on a wall at the Huntington Gardens. It looked like it was glowing:
David sells his images - in all sizes and on canvas, aluminum and archival paper. It is quite impressive. Makes great gifts too! They can offer you 25% off any artwork you buy from their website, excluding tax and shipping. Just enter the discount code, "jan25," at checkout. Please check out his website for more inspiring photos...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
There is no more glorious time than a sunshiney day in Autumn in the Northeast. The coloration of deciduous woodlands of the United States take my breath away on certain weeks in October. And you can see this natural phenomenon in parts of California and the Northwest, in Japan, on the coast of East Asia and in parts of Europe).
Native Dogwood (Cornus florida) against a native Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) photo by Jan Johnsen
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
(photographer - unknown)
How to Turn Your Hydrangeas Blue? Here are a few tips from Proven Winners:
Nikko Blue Hydrangea from Missouri Botanical garden
1. Be sure you’re working with the right kind of hydrangea. You must have a Hydrangea macrophylla or H. serrata to have pink or blue flowers.
Soil pH must be low or acid (5.2-5.5) for the plant to absorb the aluminum.
from nely.bluehortensia blogspot.com
3. Color changes need time to take effect. Consistent treatment is necessary to turn your hydrangeas blue:
- Plant your hydrangeas in a phosphorous-free medium, and use a phosphorus-free fertilizer with lots of potassium (i.e. 25-5-30).
PHOTO BY DEBORAH SILVER - CHECK OUT HER GREAT WEBSITE- http://deborahsilver.com/
- Drench with aluminum sulfate immediately after planting. A solution of ½ oz (1 Tbsp) per gallon is a good start. Be sure the plants are well-watered before applying the aluminum sulfate as it can burn the roots. (important!!!) Drench again in 10-14 days.
- Alternatively, you may apply a controlled-release form of aluminum sulfate. Products such as Blue-Knight® will release aluminum sulfate over a three month period. This is safer.
Some varieties shift to blue more easily than others. Here are NEW varieties which produce blue flowers more easily than others:
(Cityline have tight sturdy stems and these maintenance free plants require no pruning for more flowers in the coming summer. Intense colors will "pop" in your garden. The flowers age quite nicely into fall as well.)
Cityline Berlin Hydrangea by Benkes Blog
Let’s Dance® Starlight*
Let’s Dance® Rhapsody Blue*
Let’s Dance® Diva!*
Tuff Stuff™ *
Tiny Tuff Stuff™ *
*Denotes reblooming varieties.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
|photo and garden by Jan Johnsen (That is a Kwanzan cherry tree)|
It is now time to plant those spring flowering bulbs in the colder regions of the northern half of the world.
|Photo by Jan Johnsen|
So in the spirit of arousing enthusiasm for what may appear to be a job with no pay-off...
keep these images in mind while you labor away planting daffodils, tulips, allium, hyacinths, scilla and more in cool earth....
The photos here are of Mark Egener's garden.
I worked with him to transform his property into a sweeping landscape complete with deer fence, gate, new drive, terrace, walls, grass steps, etc. I then planted some bulbs for him and his family to enjoy in spring
...it was a small gesture of gratitude for such a wonderful project.
Well, the next spring, when Mark saw tulips blooming around a lovely Kwanzan Cherry tree that I planted by his new drive he flipped.
He really liked them....I thought, 'Great! I am so glad he likes them...have to do more next fall..."
I forgot to do it, however. But Mark remembered. And he called me up me this past spring and asked me to stop by. Well, he actually ordered me to stop by. He said, "You must come and see what I did"...
I call it 'Mark's Magic Garden' or 'Mark's Garden of Delight'... I better call him up and ask what he has up his sleeve for next spring...enjoy these photos of Mark's horticultural passion:
Grass Steps with Redbud and masses of tulips, photo by Jan Johnsen
Tulips with garden behind, photo by Jan Johnsen