‘Purple Smoke’ – The best Baptisia

This year I am planting Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’. A deer resistant, native, drought tolerant, purple, long lived perennial! Wow! It is a hybrid of B. australis and B. alba and is a vigorous grower. Discovered by Rob Gardener of the North Carolina Botanical Gardens, it has charcoal-gray stems and is purple. Baptisia is a native […]

Muhammad Ali’s Peace Garden Initiative

The Muhammad Ali Center of Lexington, Ky and Yum! Brands Foundation launched the global Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens project on September 21, 2010. This coincided with the United Nations International Day of Peace. Peace gardens focus on using edible plants from different cultures to teach youth about the world through culinary delights. They also […]

Add a Lively Red Accent in Your Landscape

Bold. Bright. Pop. This is what RED adds to a garden. RED, an eye catching hue, stands up to the summer sun’s withering glare in the afternoon. When all pastels fade away, red, orange and yellow sing their hearts out….and RED always steals the show. RED has a vivid history – Check it out on […]

Beautiful Foolishness of Things – The Book of Tea

‘Too little tea’ is a Japanese expression that refers to a person too busy to stop and smell the roses. From ‘The Book of Tea’: The heaven of modern humanity is indeed shattered in the Cyclopean struggle for wealth and power. The world is groping in the shadow of egotism and vulgarity. Knowledge is bought […]

Landscape Design – A High Calling

cascade – Jan Johnsen design “The world is moving into a phase when landscape design may well be recognized as the most comprehensive of the arts.”   Geoffrey Jellicoe, ‘The Landscape of Man: Shaping the Environment from Prehistory to the Present Day’  Creative ideas don’t just come out of thin air – they are an amalgam […]

Nature Words Deleted from the Dictionary..oh no!

In 2009 Oxford Junior Dictionary (Oxford University Press) revealed a list of the entries it no longer felt to be relevant to a modern-day childhood. So they deleted these words from the Junior dictionary. These are the words deleted: acorn,  adder,  ash,  beech,  bluebell,  buttercup,  catkin,  cowslip, cygnet,  dandelion,  fern,  hazel,  heather,  heron,  ivy,  kingfisher, […]

10 Great Garden Photos of 2014….

Allium ‘Millenium’ by Laura McKillop What makes a great garden photo? Anything that delights you. But if I had to put my finger on it – salient aspects would be the quality of the light and the richness of color. And composition figures prominently. That said, here are some memorable photographs that have been featured in this year’s […]