Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
He already filled the watering cans!
"Wait! Did you already take the picture?
Didn't you see I was naked?! Let me put my gardening outfit!"
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
What could be better than gardens created by nature itself? This month, we visited Olympic National Park on the Olympic Peninsula (my two previous posts have pictures taken there). They call it one of the most enchanting and diverse regions on Earth.
The two rain forests were so majestic, I want to see them again and again.
They are located in the valleys of the Hoh, Quinault and Queets rivers and are part of the ecosystem stretching along the coast from Alaska to Oregon.
The temperate rain forests only occur in a few isolated regions around the world.
Obviously, rain forests have lots of rain and fog. Precipitation in our forests ranges from 140 to 167 inches, 12 to 14 feet a year.
The temperatures are moderate: dropping below freezing and going higher than 80 degrees F is very rare. Mountains on the east protect the area from severe weather extremes.
It was impossible to find a spot not taken by a plant.
Western red-cedar, Sitka spruce, Western hemlock, Douglas-fir... Large old-growth trees were of enormous proportions. Some conifers are more than 200 feet tall.
Many Douglas-firs are estimated to be around 400 years old. Along the trail that we took, there were groves of Douglas-fir that range from 250-550 years old with some AS OLD AS 900 YEARS! Ecologists believe that this Douglas-fir grove originated in an opening created by a massive forest fire. Once established, Douglas-fir are long-lived but unable to regenerate in the deep shade and intense competition of the abandant rain forest vegetation.
What was the most exciting for me? The forests are only several hours driving time from us! It's basically in our backyard!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Terrestrial ET please call home.
A rolling phone gathers no moss... or does it?
I guess there's no cell phone coverage?
Phone courtesy of "Ma Nature" (not Ma Bell.)
In a couple more decades they will all look like that and kids won't even know what they were used for.
... Gives new meaning to the term "mossback"!
...Fun and I believe there are no cellphones?
Friday, June 19, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
It looks good standing alone:
And it adds color to the area behind the house that I didn't figure out what to do with yet:
It looks good with a white background :
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And it looks good with a green background:
It shows well on the pictures taken in a bright day:
And it shows well on the pictures taken on a cloudy day:
And it looks good close:
It looks good when the flowers just start opening, starting from the lowest:
and it looks wonderful when the flowers are fully open:
It looks good in a formal setting:
And it looks good in a casual setting (what can be more casual than a vegetable bed!):
It looks not that bad even on my not so good picture:
I don't know what I would do without a Foxglove in my garden. It amazes me how this plant places itself here and there creating a stunning vertical effect. It brings an element of surprise each year making this wonderful season even more exciting.
Thank you, Mister Foxglove!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Every time we go to Vancouver Island, Canada, we visit Butchart Gardens located just north of Victoria, B.C. By the way, Victoria, which is the capital of British Columbia, is a special place for us since we got engaged there.
The idea of transforming an exhausted limestone quarry into a garden is fascinating in and of itself. Jennie Butchart is the person behind the project of converting the 50- acre quarry into the world famous gardens that started in 1904.
The Sunken Garden.
The structure seen on the above picture, taken from the Sunken Garden lookout, is the only surviving portion of Robert Butchart's cement factory. It's the kiln's chimney. Interesting fact: The plant stopped producing cement in 1916, but continued to make tiles and flower pots as late as 1950.
The English-style Rose Garden is bursting with all shades of red, pink, purple and blue. Charming rose arches, towering delphiniums, sweet peas and peonies take your breath away.
Some facts from that site:
Rainfall 76 cm (30 inches) plus. Most of this rainfall occurs between November and March. Temperature extremes range from a maximum high (rare) of 36 degrees C/97 degrees F to a maximum low (again extremely rare) of minus 10°C/14°F. A typical summer daytime temperature is from 22 - 26°C/ 72 - 79°F and winter daytime temperatures typically 5 - 10°C/41 - 50°F.
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