Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thing that make you go "Hmmmmm...."

I was taking my pooch for a walk and as we turned the corner I caught sight of this beautifully tree. 

Its curiously delightful shape put me in mind of......

See it? 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Greene Garden Update

Well, you win some, you lose some.  So far, I've lost the Mertensia virginica, two liatris and two Dicentra "Golden Heart".  They either didn't make it through the shipping process, or did not bother do take root and grow!  Oh well, there goes my love of watching plants grow up from root-balls!

I added some already well developed Delphiniums and Digitalis.    The Digitalis is finishing its bloom, but the Delphs are coming in just coming into bloom.  

A few of the younger Digitalis from WFF.

Dicentra 'Bleeding Heart' and Helleborus foetidus.  Notice the D. 'Golden Heart' in the back just hanging on for its life. (yes, WFF, this was purchased from your shop!
The climbing Hydrangea anamola petiolaris is finally "climbing"!
The back corners of the central bed are anchored with Skimmia.   
I love Stachys and planted two, which was all my plantsman had in his nursery.  I'm sure they will multiply fourfold next year.
Echinacea purpurea now taking the place of the liatris.
Russian sage.  Crossing my fingers that this will grow into a large specimen and fill up part of the area that was originally space for the Mertensia (which rotted and died) and the Anemones (which I moved next to the Stachys).
Begonia grandis.  Breathtaking green leaves with red veins.  I like this perennial variety very much.
Well, there you have the latest from Greene Garden.  It's still a very young garden and will take some time to settle out and into itself, but that process is all part of the fun.  Happy gardening!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Espaliered Trees

I have always loved the regimented, orderly look of espaliered trees.  You can read all about the whys and wheres here.  In the meantime, these lovely examples might inspire you to a new Summertime project!

Monday, June 13, 2011


Almost every child who has grown up in Virginia has visited Luray Caverns.  I first visited with my family when I was 12 years old.  I thought the caverns themselves were, um, okay, but the Luray Caverns Garden Maze was truly the highlight for me.  First, I was able to get away from my two whiney sisters.  Second, I was able to do so in an amazing hedge maze.  I love the idea of a hedge maze.  Even a small intricate pattern of a low lying box maze catches my eye and interest. Here are a few of my favorites:
Luray Garden Maze
Hampton Court Palace
Ashcombe Maze Australia
Dole Plantation Maze
Hever Castle

Maze at Shangri La Kuala Lumpur
Van Dusen Maze
Villa Vizcaya Maze
Villa Pisani

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Cloisters - Part 2

The following photos are of the Cuxa Cloister Garth Garden.  Again, typical medieval monastic design, with a fountain in the middle.

Finally, we end at the St.-Guilhelm Cloister.  Although not a garden full of flora, it offers us another kind of treatment of outdoor space in a medieval monastic setting. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Cloisters - Part I

A few weekends ago, I visited The Cloisters Museum in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan.  The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that was constructed out of sections of Medieval monasteries.  The museum houses the Met's medieval collection and is famous for its tapestries.  More importantly, to me at least, are the beautiful gardens located at the Cloisters.  The museum contains four cloisters, The Trie Cloister Garden, The Bonnefont Cloister Herb Garden, The Cuxa Cloister Garth Garden and the St.-Guilhem Cloister.

Each of the cloisters follows the typical medieval monastic design.  Namely a square plot, divided into four quadrants by paths and the entire space surrounded by arcades to sit under and catch cool breezes.  There may or may not have been a central water fountain and some even contained small fish ponds.
Be prepared for a bit of a hike between the subway station and the museum.  At least you walk through lovely Fort Tryon Park.

The Trie Cloister Garden houses a collection of plants native to the meadows, woodlands, and stream banks of Europe.  The garden is supposed to evoke the grounds of medieval millefleur tapestries and indeed many of the plants in the garden can be found in the tapestries displayed in the galleries.

The Trie Cloister Garden.

Nice patch of Solomon's Seal.  
Bye Trie!
The Bonnefont Cloister Herb Garden
The Bonnefont Cloister houses plants that are grouped and labeled according to their medieval use e.g. cooking, medicine, art, housekeeping, magic.  Most of the plants in the garden have multiple uses, and all were believed to have medicinal value.  Each quadrant is centered with a beautiful quince tree.

I'm a sucker for wattle.

Flowering sage.


Espaliered pear tree.
Beautifully done.
I always wondered what Woad looked like close up.

Sea Kale.

This sun coming through the vines reminds me of a stained glass.  Au revoir Bonnefont Cloister!  More to come...