Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Now this is EXOTICA! These strange and wonderful Madagascar palms as seen in Dennis Schrader's wonderful private collection and on view for one night only at the LongHouse Benefit - July 17 - more than just a tickle
That’s What They All Say
I bet there isn’t one gardener on earth who hasn’t uttered the words “But you should have seen it yesterday”….Well , that might be considered charming when there is still some remnant of the aforementioned show-stopper, but how about “Oh, you should have seen it two months ago” Do you think that will be of any satisfaction whatsoever to the Garden Conservancy contingent that comes to call on September 11.
It is July 15 and there is bloom on the Lespedeza! ….the Vitex is about to burst and the Beautyberries are already turning that wonderful cold-violet luminescent color……there will not be a thing to show them on September 11
Monday, July 12, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
GREAT SEED POD DEBATE
This extremely controversial matter has me flummoxed. There are those who contend — remove the seed pods — remove all seed pods. These deadheaders who believe in lopping off any bulging after-flower parts unless you plan to propagate are on the side of putting all the plant’s energy into flowering. In other words, not letting it go to seed. Well… I have no plans (or space or time and not much patience) to breed even my most beloved plants from seed but I Love the Seedpods. I love them on daffodils, I love them on Iris, and I especially love them on peonies.
Look at these fat velvety apparitions:
So, what to do? With these lovely tree peony seed pods.......... The seed pods are as enthralling— or maybe more so — than the flowers. In nature, of course, the seed pods don't get cut off – so unless someone can present me a good reason for decapitating them…I'd rather leave them... Though all good advice is welcome…