Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Favorite Books | Botanical Art

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Gardening + History

botanical art     

Front Cover

IWASAKI, SHOSEI. HONZO ZUFU. S.L.: S.N., 1828.

Searchable at Haithi Trust: 

https://catalog.hathitrust.org





Plant: Exploring the Botanical World
Dr. John Compton


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Flower spirits : the beauty that blooms within

MEYERS, STEVEN N. 

FLOWER SPIRITS: THE BEAUTY THAT BLOOMS WITHIN











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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Beautiful Foxgloves

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Formal Gardens

Woodland artistry




Play Days by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (American, 1880–1980) surrounded by Foxglove










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All material © 2007-2017 by Jeanette Hyden for Grassroots Horticulture
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Clematis Vines

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Gardening Design

CREATING vertical interest on walls and pergols


Clematis is a genus of about 300 species within the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae.
Clematis 'Henryi'



Jackmanii Clematis






Pink Champagne Clematis



 Flower shapes can resemble bells, lanterns, tulips, stars,  and saucers. Their colors include pink, white, red, yellow, and purple. 


Sweet Autumn Clematis





Additional Resources:
The Plant Lover's Guide to Clematis

























Clematis Societies and Botanical Gardens
Gardening Directories














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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Bird's Nest Spruce

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Garden

CREATING a landscape with a time tested evergreen




Dwarf Bird's nest spruce, Picea abies 'Nidiformis'  


Designing With the Bird's Nest Spruce

You may want to leave at least a little space around this spruce for long-term plantings. While it's usually noted for being on the smaller side, it can spread out after many years and be twice as big as expected.
Once the roots have grown down and become established, the plant will be able to handle periods of drought.
Deer tend not to bother this shrub, so it can be a wise choice if this is a problem in your area.






























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All material © 2007-2018 by Jeanette Hyden for Grassroots Horticulture
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Friday, June 15, 2018

New Favorite | Iris

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Iris pallida Variegata


Orris Root Iris
If you have ever made potpourri you will be familiar with this iris. Orris root is used in designer perfumes and has a violet scent.


The variegated foliage is lovely after the flowers have faded.









                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

All material © 2007-2018 by Jeanette Hyden for Grassroots Horticulture
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sarah Bernhardt Peony

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Photo of the Day

Sarah Bernhardt Peony is a favorite classic peony and boasts marvelous fragrance and huge powderpuffs of pastel pink flowers. I consider myself fortunate to be able to attend the Peony festival in Michigan this year. If you love beautiful flowers, especially sweet scented ones, there is also the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival through the 17th of June. 
Lilacs offer up beautiful flowers and refreshing scents each and every spring.






All material © 2007-2018 by Jeanette Hyden for Grassroots Horticulture
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Beech Tree

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Gardening | Plant ID

Landscape Design


Beech  is a genus of deciduous trees in the family Fagaceae, native to Europe, Asia, and North America
Beech grows on a wide range of soil types, acidic or basic. The tree canopy casts dense shade, and carpets the ground thickly with leaf litter.
In North America, they often form beech-maple forests by partnering with the sugar maple.

The trunk of the beech tree takes on the appearance of an elephant leg as it matures.

Cutleaf European Beech Tree (Fagus sylvatica 'Laciniata')

Cutleaf European Beech Tree (Fagus sylvatica 'Laciniata')


Round leaf European Beech Tree (Fagus Sylvatica 'Rotundifolia;)


                                                                                                                                                                              

All material © 2007-2018 by Jeanette Hyden for Grassroots Horticulture
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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Tulip Tree

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Garden and Landscape Design

Liriodendron Tulipifera


The tulip tree is a member of the Magnolia family. It is native to areas throughout the eastern United States. Tulip trees make magnificently shaped speciman trees, and grow to heights as tall as 160 feet.






The flowers are pale green or yellow, with an orange band on the tepals. The tulip tree is the state tree of IndianaKentucky, and Tennessee.

Trees can make-up the bones of a landscape plan.I like to place deciduous trees on the south or west side of a home or building to provide summer shade. The trees should be placed far enough away from the house to allow for its natural growth.









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Monday, June 4, 2018

Peonies

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Visit the University of Michigan's Peony Collection at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum




In the 1920’s, William Upjohn, founder of the Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, donated a collection of 280 varieties of peonies to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum at the University of Michigan.  More than 90 years later, many of his original plants are still healthy and blooming.  An avid collector and grower of peonies himself, he had the kindness to share that with other gardeners.



Peony flower forms are single, double, semi-double, Japanese, and anemone. They come in a range of colors including white, yellow, pink, and red. Blooms can be expected May through July.








Madame Ducel peony is a very large, compact, semi-rose type peony.



Flame Peony  


Prairie Afire Peony


Welcome Guest Peony

Gay Paree Peony



Huang Jin Lun or Golden wheel Peony (not recognized by the American Peony Society) is an unusual yellow peony, worth more follow up. It is said to be less hardy than many of the other peonies but I was glad to see a yellow flower blooming midseason in this group.
This beautiful white peony was located in the first bed and is Summer Day. Summer Day was developed by Kelway in 1895.


Fuyajo Japanese Peony

Petite Renee Peony


Victoire de la Marne Peony


Bride's Dream Peony






This helpful poster greeted visitors in the Welcome Center






Additional Resources:


Dr. David C. Michener, is the Associate Curator for the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum and has written a comprehensive book about peonies for home gardeners if your are interested in learning more. He oversees the largest public collection of historical herbaceous peonies in North America. Dr. Michener and Carol Adelman, a grower of over 400 peony varieties in Oregon, collaborated on this book, which is now included on The New York Times Summer Reading List.










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