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Cool Garden History

Drought reveals lawn patterns hundreds of years old

Liked History revealed (chatsworth.org)

Recent record high temperatures revealed the remnants of an ornate 17th century garden design on the South Lawn, normally hidden from view…It was covered over and replaced with a new design around 1730 but because the grass on the new lawn has shorter roots it burns more quickly, creating a contrast and temporarily revealing the older garden underneath.

It seems outrageous that a lawn resodded 300 years ago retains these imprints of its past. The land holds so many memories, and plants live on a much longer scale than we do. Every time a new secret is unveiled or we learn how to interpret what we’re seeing (like in the PNW the history of logging remains visible in stumps with springboard notches still clear to see), it’s a reminder of the long now, and our tiny place within the vastness of time and history.

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Garden

The Planthunter: truth, beauty, chaos, and plants

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Funnily I was just talking about “stealing” succulents to propagate last night 😉 ETA: apparently nurseries call it “proplifting” – I feel like if you’re at a nursery you should buy the plant but everywhere else is fair game

Spread in book showing palm trees in an urban setting against a full page typographic spread proclaiming all plants are beautiful
All plants are equal.
All plants are worthy of love and attention. Plants are not objects.

This is a book with Opinions.

A garden is not an object, but a process.

– quoted from Ian Hamilton Finlay

Cat making biscuits on my robe in front of the book opened to a spread with a zen style pond
Reading buddy
Bromeliads on a thick branch dripping with moss
Bromeliads 😍
Garden in the Piet Oudolph perennial garden style with grasses mixed with textural succulent soft blue-green plants
Yes please!
Spread with rich red background and photo of a guy in an abandoned parking lot looking at rubble of concrete
Tell me how this is a garden

Interviews with an assortment of gardening folks with different opinions and styles. I didn’t read em just looked at the pics 🤷‍♀️

I wanted to create a garden that almost frightened people.

– Michael Shepherd in New Zealand

Interesting graphic design by Evi O Studio. Each interview starts with a bold color page, the color inspired by a specific plant, and spartan typography.

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Garden

Nativars vs. Native Plants

Bookmarked 2021 Field Update: Natives & Nativars (Garden Ecology Lab)

Our second field season studying pollinator visitation to Oregon native plants and native cultivars spanned from April to late September of 2021, although if Douglas Aster had any say in the matter, we would likely still be sampling.

I like nativar as a description of a native plant cultivar!

See also the original study info.

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Activism Environment Garden

Leafblowers are a Scourge Upon the Earth

Liked Opinion | Leaf Blowers Destroy the Environment by Margaret Renkl (nytimes.com)

Nearly everything about how Americans “care” for their lawns is deadly, but these machines exist in a category of environmental hell all their own.

[The monsters] come in a deafening, surging swarm, blasting from lawn to lawn and filling the air with the stench of gasoline and death. I would call them mechanical locusts, descending upon every patch of gold in the neighborhood the way the grasshoppers of old would arrive, in numbers so great they darkened the sky, to lay bare a cornfield in minutes. But that comparison is unfair to locusts.

Grasshoppers belong here. Gasoline-powered leaf blowers are invaders, the most maddening of all the maddening, environment-destroying tools of the American lawn-care industry.

“”Some produce more than 100 decibels of low-frequency, wall-penetrating sound — or as much noise as a plane taking off — at levels that can cause tinnitus and hearing loss with long exposure,” Monica Cardoza wrote for Audubon Magazine this year.”

Vouch.

They landscaping guys who use them have ear protection (though probably not enough), I don’t.

Holy cow, not only are they the most heinous sound on Earth but also they’re horrendous gas hogs:

“A 2011 study by Edmunds found that a two-stroke gasoline-powered leaf blower spewed out more pollution than a 6,200-pound Ford F-150 SVT Raptor pickup truck. Jason Kavanagh, the engineering editor at Edmunds at the time, noted that “hydrocarbon emissions from a half-hour of yard work with the two-stroke leaf blower are about the same as a 3,900-mile drive from Texas to Alaska in a Raptor.””

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Fun Garden

Does my plant need watering?

Bookmarked How to make a plant monitor dashboard: Part I by James (jamesg.blog)

Do you sometimes forget to water your plants when they are in need of some water? I am the sort of person that writes down “water plants” but forgets about it for a day or two before finally watering my plant.

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Garden

Yardzen Online Landscape Design Service

Bookmarked Yardzen (dashboard.yardzen.com)

Custom planting + hardscaping design for your front or back yard

Understanding Landscaping Costs

One Yard Six Budgets

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Garden

Mulching without the Cardboard!

Bookmarked The cardboard controversy (The Garden Professors™)

I’m not a fan of using corrugated cardboard as a mulch, which like other sheet mulches creates problems for the underlying soil. Long-time readers of this blog may remember several previous posts (…

🤯 Put down mulch without cardboard. 8-12″ of wood chips for weedy sites. Details on mulching properly (pdf) from WSU.

I need to call the landscape guy back ASAP.

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Food Garden
Bookmarked Fruit Walls: Urban Farming in the 1600s (LOW-TECH MAGAZINE)

The fruit wall reflects sunlight during the day, improving growing conditions. It also absorbs solar heat, which is slowly released during the night, preventing frost damage. Consequently, a warmer microclimate is created on the southern side of the wall for 24 hours per day.

Serpentine fruit wall in the Netherlands – Wikimedia Commons

Cool wall design that’s visually appealing but also adds extra functionality I wouldn’t have guessed!

Although it’s actually longer than a linear wall, a serpentine wall economizes on materials because the wall can be made strong enough with just one brick thin. The alternate convex and concave curves in the wall provide stability and help to resist lateral forces. Furthermore, the slopes give a warmer microclimate than a flat wall.

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Garden

Attended Easy Peasy Edible Gardening

RSVPed Attending 2021 Cascade Gardener Classes 🌻 – We Need Water


Plants for food forests:

  • Mulberry trees – check Raintree – very popular
  • Medlar – small tree with apple butter flavored fruits
  • Stone pine – grow your own pine nuts! – don’t expect crops for ten years
  • Chokeberry
  • Grapes – Interlocken, Himrod, Canadis (sp?) – only need one plant
  • Comfrey – supportive medicinal but spreads
  • Wintergreen – evergreen

Resources

Presented by Jessi Bloom

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Garden

Read Discovering Dahlias

Read Floret Farm’s Discovering Dahlias

World-renowned flower farmer and floral designer Erin Benzakein reveals all the secrets to growing, cultivating, and arranging gorgeous dahlias. These coveted floral treasures come in a dazzling range of colors, sizes, and forms, with enough variety for virtually every garden space and personal preference, making them one of the most beloved flowers for arrangements.

Cover and seed packet of mystery dahlias from the farm
They included seeds with my pre-order!

Gorgeous in-depth guide to this beautiful and diverse flower, suitable for professional growers as well as inspirational for home gardeners like me.

I learned about the different styles and size classes of dahlias, and was blown away by the color coded index of varieties at the back. This includes instructions with useful photos showing how to dig up, separate dahlias, and store them, as well as growing instructions. The only time I tried growing dahlias deer ate them immediately but I might be game to try again!

Also included are sample flower arrangements for inspiration of how to combine dahlias with other varieties and types of foliage and filler. They overbrim with the same exuberance as the individual flowers have. The color palettes are simple but they are rich with texture and subtle tones.

The photography is absolutely beautiful, both the arrangements and organized spreads as well as the flavor shots of the farm and Erin working in the flower beds.

I think the main question is how to choose which few dahlias could fit in my yard!