Thursday, March 31, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
I know I've published this before, but this is still my favorite meadow...
So when looking at some of the meadow designs in this book, I have difficulties with thinking of them as such; especially when large specimens of Miscanthus grasses, sedges, and perennials are grown in well-positioned swathes, all arranged for the maximum effect. These gardens are well-designed and often stunning, but are they really meadows? Greenlee talks about them as "designed meadows", but rather than a carefully arranged design, isn't a meadow more a process with an amount of unpredictability to it, even when it has been created with a great care to its habitat? And isn't it just that unpredictability and randomness the reason why we are drawn to their natural or naturalistic beauty? Beautiful as they are (just like any well-designed gardens), I think Greenlee's grass gardens have too much control to really be meadows.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I am very excited and hopeful for that this appeal will be an important step towards saving Sipsalo. I'll be back about all developments; keep your fingers crossed!
Vetoomus Pehr Kalmin puutarhan säilyttämiseksi Sipsalossa, (An appeal for saving Pehr Kalm's garden in Sipsalo), text and picture from the delivery of the address today, March 7, 2011
Turun johto saa vetoomuksen Sipsalon suojelun puolesta, (The leaders of Turku City receive an appeal to save Sipsalo), Turun Sanomat, March 7, 2011
Kansainvälinen adressi Sipsalon säilyttämiseksi, Turku TV, March 7, 2011 (Click on "Paikallisuutiset" dated March 7, 6:28 minutes into the sending)
Kalmin puutarha halutaan säilyttää, Radio Sata, March 8, 2011
Older articles about Sipsalo in Finnish press (in Finnish):
Kalmin salaisen puutarhan kohtalo auki, (The fate of Kalm's secret garden unclear), Turun Sanomat, August 28, 2009
Hirvensalon Sipsalo halutaan Ruotsissa Unescon listalle, (Sipsalo in Hirvensalo is wanted on Unesco's world heritage list), Turun Sanomat, November 30, 2009
My earlier posts about Sipsalo:
Save the forgotten gardens of Pehr Kalm, August 2009
Sipsalo, again, December 2009
Late November is Sipsalo, December 2009
Saving Sipsalo, one small step at a time, December 2010
Saturday, March 5, 2011
My flowering Japanese cherry...
My Stewartia pseudocamellia...
My witch-hazel, Hamamelis x intermedia...
Another of my witch-hazels...
And another of my Azaleas...
I have strange feeling that my garden is trying to tell me something. Maybe I should just let go and watch as it evolves into a full-blown moss garden?
Friday, March 4, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Sunday was the last day of the show, and luckily, I was able to tempt my whole family there. The girls were eager to see show gardens representing stories as Wind in the Willows and Rapunzel, and my husband generously agreed to look after them, kept happy with a good magazine and a large, hot coffee. Myself, I wanted to get a short peak of the show gardens, even if they always tend to be a bit exhausted on the last show day. And as I had read the Seattle Times Garden Show special issue from February 20th that highlighted edibles, kitchen gardening and outdoor living, I was curious about seeing how this would play out in the show garden designs.
The Christianson's show garden from another angle, with a huge white wisteria in full bloom to the right; they had done a great work in forcing hundreds of flowering plants to bloom for the show. I would love to get some rhubarb forcers (terracotta pots in the front) to my garden in Saltsjöbaden...
Many of the show gardens were executed with great skill and resources, but I couldn't really warm up to most of them. Same color combinations and plants from evergreens to flowering perennials were in the limelight, just like at countless shows before. Lots of recycled materials were on display as can be expected, from pots and pans to a whole cargo container that served as a garden shed in one of the show gardens. Green walls hang down in many gardens, but not in any way out of the ordinary. I don't want to sound arrogant, but I don't' think much at the show felt new. Based on the articles at the Seattle Times special issue, I had expected at least some clever displays incorporating edibles in unexpected ways to a garden. An edible flower border or an edible meadow, combining perennials and annuals with "victuals" would have been so exciting to see! Alas, no luck at that front.
A bit lazy with my camera, I took pictures of two show gardens that I liked, even if they comply with my quibbles above. Still, these two show gardens were skillfully carried out and nicely, albeit very traditionally designed. And even if I didn't get my kick of the avant-garde, it was a pleasure to take in the wonderful scents of all hyacinths, daffodils and even huge flowering wisterias blooming everywhere at the show, like a teaser for what will be out in our gardens just in a couple of weeks. I just hope for a better timing for the show next year...
The Ravenna Garden display called A Passion for Purple. Recycled containers filled with plants in contrasting colors. The little, portable meadow to lay down one's feet on is really cute, too. Ravenna is Seattle's answer to San Francisco's Flora Grubb...