Here are some articles that Welland Vale Nurseries have found from around the web this month:
A Tale of Two Gardens
The first garden is in Louisville, where Rose and I have lived for 18 years. It’s on a one-third acre city lot, down the street from the Olmsted-designed Cherokee Park. It’s planted with perennials, trees, shrubs, and a few annuals and features a screen garden with cacti, alpine and rock plants. Rose and I do almost all of the work. Together we maintain a His and hers garden concord. She does the front garden; I do the back. Rose is into style; I’m into a collection of oddball ornamental plants.
Foolproof Shade Plants for Dimly Lit Areas
What’s not to like about shade plants? Those dimly lit areas of our gardens, that rarely see daylight, can often be the hardest to landscape. But you needn’t throw up your garden gloves in frustration – well not yet, anyway. While moulds, fungi and lichens grow rampantly in these much maligned garden zones there are plants which desire a shaded area just as much – if not more. Take a trek through a rainforest sometime and observe the under-story plants that cheerily settle for an existence devoid of natural light. It’s as though illumination were the arch-enemy of these floral specimens and lurking within the partial darkness was the obvious defence.
The best new tulips for connoisseurs of glamour
I am a tulip addict. So much so that at this time of year I’m scouring all the bulb catalogues to find things that are truly new. I still love the early tulips such as ‘Purissima’ and ‘Orange Emperor’ – they are some of the first bold blasts of colour that you can have in the garden, the signal that spring is under way. I also love the lily-flowered types, such as ‘Merlot’ and ‘Ballerina’, with their elegant shape and profile; and the Viridiflora tulips, which are almost – with the green flash of colour to their petals – a foliage as well as a flower. They also last longest in the garden and in a vase. But I’ve known all of these for ages. This year I am on a three-pronged quest for new tulips, building on previous experiments.
Tis been too long – but spring has sprung
The self-imposed hiatus has not been for lack of desire. Oddly it’s due to the lack of garden. For the past 12 months, or so, our attention has been directed to renovations: a self-contained studio for our eldest son – eventually guests, kitchen makeover, home theatre for the teenagers and more to come. But our outdoor areas and gardens – sacrificed for progress sake – are about to take on some renovations of their own. I’m planning to start sharing some of these areas with you over the coming months and hope you’ll join me as we landscape and create.
Weather, Mood and Seasons
An enduring motif of garden photography is the seasons. The season, its weather and mood is, often unconsciously, part of every story and in every photo. When we are within a garden, excited by what we see, it is easy to forget the multi-sensory experiences that create the mood we feel. Sounds, fragrance, light, the weather, all contribute to the physical experience, to how we absorb the garden and how we feel. It is a challenge to capture these sensory impressions in a photograph, but by working with the season we can challenge ourselves toward telling better stories
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