Thursday, August 25, 2016

Using Hydrangea in Landscape Design

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Hardy 'Limelight' Hydrangea used in hardiness zone 6 (average low temperature 0 to-10F/-17 to -24C)
White blooms in summer earning a pink blush by autumn




Hydrangea macrophylla 'Buttons and Bows'  used in zone 7b with partial sun



Oakleaf Hydrangea used in hardiness zone 7b

Types of Hydrangea and cultivars

Snowball ANNABELE Hydrangea arborescens  3-9
Snowball ANNABELE Hydrangea arborescens 'Incrediball' 3-9
Mophead BIGLEAF Hydrangea macrophylla  5-9
Mophead BIGLEAF Hydrangea macrophylla "Cityline Rio"
Mophead BIGLEAF Hydrangea macrophylla "Kastien"
Mophead BIGLEAF Hydrangea macrophylla 'Edgy Hearts"
Mophead BIGLEAF Hydrangea macrophylla 'Forever and Ever White Out"
Mophead BIGLEAF Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue'
Mophead BIGLEAF Hydrangea macrophylla  'Endless Summer'/'Twist and Shout'
Mophead BIGLEAF Hydrangea macrophylla 'Big Daddy '
Mophead BIGLEAF Hydrangea macrophylla 'Cityline Mars'
Mophead BIGLEAF Hydrangea macrophylla normallis
BIGLEAF Hydrangea macrophylla 'Red Sensation'
BIGLEAF Hydrangea macrophylla 'All Summer Beauty'  5-9
PANICLE Hydrangea paniculata  3-9
PANICLE Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ 3-9
PANICLE Hydrangea paniculata 'Pinky Winky' 3-9
PANICLE  Hydrangea paniculata 'Vanilla Strawberry' 3-9
CLIMBING Hydrangea petiolaris  4-9
OAKLEAF Hydrangea quercifolia  5-9
OAKLEAF Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake' 5-9
MOUNTAIN Hydrangea serrata  5-9














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2006-2016
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pollinator Habitats | Hummingbirds

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Shades of red dominate, flame acanthus, turks cap.....



Hummingbird Bush, Flame Acanthus
 (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii)

Here are a few plant selections for hardiness zones 7 and 8.



Table 1:  Plants to attract Hummingbirds

It is difficult to find sunny locations in my backyard. Abundant native oaks and shade from the house and fence reduce the area I have to plant sun loving plants. On the west side of the house I have planted an area of red trumpets next to my herb garden.


Turk's cap (Malvaviscus drummondii)






Batface Cuphea




Cuphea Cigar Plant












Cypress Vine, Star Glory, Hummingbird Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit)

Habit: Annuals, Vine
Zones 5-11
Height: 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
Spacing: 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: Pink, Red, White/Near White
Bloom Time: warm season
Foliage: Lace-textured, Smooth-textured
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and birds
Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH requirements:  6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


Texas sage


Penta






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Friday, July 1, 2016

Thomas Volney Munson (1843-1913)

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Horticulturist, Thomas Volney Munson, was instrumental in saving the grape in Europe. He found a grapevine, in Texas, resistant to disease. Through study and a grafting program, scientist were able to use the Texas grapevine to restore vineyards throughout the world.



Seeing the Proverbial Forest for the Trees

Mustang grapevine growing on the trunk of the oak tree and into the canopy, raining grapes during the month of August. The grapevine is native to this area and one of our vines is over 50 years old.





Grafted grapevines saved many grape varieties







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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cardoon | Cynara Cardunculus

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Cardoon is related to the artichoke. It is native to the southwest Mediterranean area. Cardoon will overwinter in Zone 7 and prefers a sunny, well-drained setting. This perennial can become five feet tall by four feet wide.


The leaf stalks and midribs are edible, similar to celery, and must be prepared by blanching. Unopened flowerheads can be prepared and eaten just like artichokes. I have verified the edibility but it must be cooked. It has a produce code (Cardoon/Cardoni 4559), so it is available for purchase in grocery stores and popular in France, Italy and Spain.

Cardoon has a magnificent form with bold texture and dagger-shaped, gray-green arching leaves. 












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Friday, June 17, 2016

Daylilies

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The continuous rains we are enjoying is also giving the daylilies abundant water to flourish this year. I added expanded shale to the soil as an amendment a few years ago and it is paying off this year. The daylilies started their show on May 15th and are still blooming a month later.

'Apache Bandana' daylily



'Imperial Lemon'  Daylily



Daylily 'Rococo'
(Hemerocallis 'Rococo' Biery)


'Best of Friends' Daylily


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Versailles | Andre Le Notre (1619-1700)

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L’Allée royale, The Royal Walk
The Royal Walk measures 335 meters long and 40 meters wide. L’Allée royale is almost 400 years old and dates from the reign of Louis XIII (1601 – 1643). The architect,  Andre Le Nôtre (1613-1700)expanded The Royal Walk and added twelve statues and vases, placed in symmetrical pairs. Many of the seventeenth century statues are works created by students attending the Academy of France in Rome. 

From both sides, walkway paths allow access to groves and separate garden rooms designed by Le Nortre, adding to the magnificence.


The Saturn fountain, above, is in perfect symmetry with the Flora fountain. The Saturn fountain is located in the south end of the gardens and was sculpted by Francois Girardon. Saturn is surrounded by small cupids on an island sprinkled with shellfish. The Roman God, Saturn symbolizes the season of winter.


The Hall of Mirrors looks out over the gardens.




You might also enjoy Green Orangerie Planter Boxes




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Monday, June 13, 2016

Green for French Orangerie Planter Boxes

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If you have ever admired orangerie planter boxes or the color prevalent on the boxes I will share a few of the shades and their hex colors.

The first color chip is Versailles green, (hex code #5b8f5f). The beautiful and popular orangerie at the chateau de Versailles was built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart between 1684 and 1686. The green is a classic green and would coordinate well with house or shed colors. 

The second shade of green is actually Benjamin Moore's Heritage paint collection, Bunker Hill green. 

The third swatch is green blue copper patina or verdigris, (hex code #599681). At one time the shutters on my house were painted with this green patina. 

Below is an antique planter box painted with a light shade of verdigris
Wooden Orangerie Planter Box
At a National Register of Historic Places Garden I admired a row of French orangerie planter boxes filled with heirloom dahlias. The boxes can be moved in and out of greenhouses, with a lot of effort, but it does protect plants during winter months from frost damage. 

Archivist and curators sometimes find it difficult to establish authentic historical colors. If you are like me, and after visiting the Orangerie or Tuileries garden in Paris and you would like to find a shade of green to remind you of a great memory to add to your own garden the swatches or tiles above might come close.





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Thursday, June 2, 2016

June's Maroons

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As you can see from the photograph above, the Black Krim tomatoes, (Solanum lycopersicum 'Black Krim'), are filling out and ripening. They are not  "maroon" yet but they are starting to turn around the stem. No need for trickle irrigation this year. 

If you are a fan of classic Caprese salad made with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese try this meaty heirloom tomato sliced with a smattering of Mexican Queso fresco sprinkled on top. 



I have three hanging pots filled with lady-in-a-boat. They tolerate the heat of summer without many demands. I was given this without a proper identification. It could also be 

Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart'. 





The Flanders Poppy is easy to grow planted here with white cora vinca, purple basil, and nana nandina. The poppy is known for its dark eye.

Purple oxalis

Plums
This hybrid plum resulted from a genetic cross between the Japanese plum (Prunus salicina) and the American native Chickasaw plum (Prunus angustifolia).





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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Eastern Tent Caterpillar

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I believe this purple flower is stock (Matthiola), from the Brassicaceae (cabbage) family.

Eastern Tent Caterpillar prefers foliage from the cherry (Prunus) and apple (Malus) family.  Look for them the first week of April in hardiness zone 7.


They are a gregarious group of caterpillars. The moth that they form is a rather inconspicuous shade of brown.








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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

PINK

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One of Pantone's colors of the year is pink (rose quartz). Pink represents compassion, nurturing, love and hope. I wanted to use photographs I haven't used on my blog but still find lovely. I hope you enjoy.



The combination with the silver of dusty miller accentuates the cheerful qualities that pink brings to a garden planting.  


Albert Henry Munsell (1858 – 1918) was an American painter, teacher of art, and the inventor of the Munsell color system. Through his  research and the development of his system we can better undertstand color. Josef Albers (1888 – 1976) took Munsell's theory further when he taught about the interaction of colors.


Doesn't Pink look good with white/gray/silver?







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