Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
This fence and the plants in front of it were shown in my post Fanciful Fences . It was in early spring:
What a change summer brought!
Charming, charming, charming...
It would be just a pile of dirt without the poppies growing on it and an old truck nearby:
These are more images from Port Townsend, Washington's Victorian seaport:
The following are pictures from Alaska.
This residence is unique, but the little flower boxes and pots were the things that made me to stop and smile.
Washington or Alaska, Hawaii or Minnesota, gardeners make this world a better place.
One garden at a time.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
There is a little story behind that picture.
It was during our Kauai (Hawaii) trip in August. Four of us went on a kayaking trip. We knew there would be a hiking portion, too. Just a short hike to a waterfall. How nice, we thought! A light relaxing walk! Here we go!
Hey, there is a wild chicken here! (I told about the wild Kauai chickens here Chicken Secrets )
How was my HAT still on my head when I emerged from the water?
Thursday, September 24, 2009
That's when I took the picture of our pup sniffing poppies which highlights my blog. The poppy seeds were scattered on the perennial bed in 2004, the very first year of my garden. The plants self-seeded, and this is what I got:
The lesson I learned that year: if not thinned, gray mold and root rot start. However, if you thin them too well, there won't be such a mass of color!
These red poppies would seed again, but I pulled out the plants before going on a long trip.
This year, in June, purple oriental poppies screamed for attention.
It might be "Manhattan", but the color on the label is dark-rose.
I also had an Oriental poppy that stopped blooming after I moved it to a different location. It emerges every year, has nice foliage, but no flowers. I'll move it to the previous spot and see if it will thank me for that.
Later, came these watermelon red flowers. These are the seeds I sent to some blotanists together with the foxglove seeds.
These poppies were on My Picture Of The Day " Three Stages Of Life":
I got the seeds for this variety from an Orcas Island gardener.
FYI, Orcas Island is one of the major San-Juan Islands located between Washington and Canada. In 2007, we traveled there and got lucky since it was time for their annual garden tour! I talked to the owner/gardener, and he was kind to send me some seeds!
I like plants with a story behind them. They bring warm and grateful memories of the people who shared part of their gardens with me.
These are some pictures from our Orcas Island garden tour:
This is variagated horseradish. I tried to find this plant in nurseries and garden centers, but most of the people have never heard of it. Well, maybe it's good that I didn't find it, since horseradish left undisturbed in the garden spreads via underground shoots and can become invasive.
- they don't like to be overwatered;-soil should be well-drained;
- seedlings don't like to be transplanted;
- in severe winters, plants should be protected with mulch in fall;
- plants go dormant in late summer, so markers are useful to avoid disturbing area;
- it is recommended to combine poppies with plants like Gypsophila paniculata to conceal the dying foliage in summer;
- full sun or light shade is preferred;
- the seeds of the poppy have great nutritive value.
I hope the seeds of the plants from Orcas Island will do well in your gardens,
and you can share them with your friends!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Except for the above two, all pictures are from this summer's local tour.
Our local garden tour supports an Adult Basic Education program.This program has provided literacy ans basic skills education to local residents since 1989. The program offers one-on-one, small group and classroom tutoring. All tutors are trained volunteers. More than 300 students per year are served by this program. Many students who needs basic skills or ESL education cannot afford to pay for private tutoring. This progam is a link which they need to advance toward their personal, family and work-related goals.
The owners of this garden chose plants which are able to deal with sun, shade,wind and salt. Among their favorites are hebes, grasses, srurge, antique and tea roses, flax and bamboo.
Whimsical art by local artists gives this garden an extra charm.
I am so grateful to the gardeners allowing us to browse their gardens and take pictures.
It's such a great event!
Look at these plant markers made from old knives! What a beautiful second life for used cutlery.
Local artists painted Adirondack chairs for the tour drawing. Laura Jacobson did a wonderful job with this one, didn't she?
I didn't win it, but can enjoy its picture any time I want!
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