05.17.18 Pullquote

Joe Eck on structure

“The act of gardening, too, is much like that of sculpting. A gardener often actually shapes the earth, hollowing it out, casting it up, making one space level and another contoured. But the ground is not the gardener’s only medium. A gardener sculpts the air also, hollowing out of its insubstantial mass forms and structures.”

Elements of Garden Design, 1996

05.08.18 Bloomed

Sunset, meet the new azalea

There’s a lot more to say about this new addition (Azalea ‘Arneson Gem’), but first I have to share an image taken last night at 7:28pm. I didn’t consider sunset when siting it, but it sure is in the right place.

Rah, Rah, Kerria

05.08.18 Check out these perfectly green leaves and yellow flowers

04.23.18 Spring

Bronzed from below

This is Rodgersia—doesn’t roll off the tongue, but it’s worth the effort. These bronzy, new leafs are really interesting from above, but look how they catch the morning light from below. This is planted up the hill in the backyard, so I was able to spot this color from inside in the house. I grabbed my camera, of course.

I bought this perennial at the Rhododendron Botanical Garden two years ago but planted it only this winter. The leaves will get much larger, reach up to 3′ or higher, and turn bright green in the summer. And now that it has room to stretch out, it’ll spread (rhizomes) to 3-4′ feet as well.

The ID tag it came with calls it mohogany rodgersia (Rodgersia aesculifolia ‘Rubrifolia’). Mohogany sounds nice but this is not aesculifolia, which has more ovate leaflets and resembles a horsechestnut tree (Aesculus)—hence the name. This plant is Rodgersia podophylla. I’d say I’m surprised by how misidentification seems pretty common, but I’m sure that would just make an old gardener laugh.

For more info on Rodgersia, Great Plant Picks has three.

04.20.18 Pullquote

Rachel Carson on willpower

“Have we fallen into a mesmerized state that makes us accept as inevitable that which is inferior or detrimental, as though having lost the will or the vision to demand that which is good? … Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons … with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?”

Silent Spring, 1962