Garden Hacks: 10 Ideas for Wire Cloches via Gardenista

I have been looking at something like this to protect our strawberries from various prowling animals like squirrels and such. This article provides links to a host of different cloches for almost any need. — Douglas
 
Garden Hacks: 10 Ideas for Wire Cloches via Gardenista

In autumn hungry squirrels get serious. You need a strategy to protect cool-weather edibles and other plants from their sharp little teeth, and for that we recommend wire garden cloches.

Handsome and portable, cloches made of galvanized steel, iron, or even chicken wire will harmlessly repel varmints. Cloches also are a welcome design element, as their pleasing domed shapes add structure to a late-season garden. Here are 10 ideas (from styles that hearken to the era of Victorian plant collectors to modern chicken-wire domes)

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Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin, New Zealand via Instagram

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Snowdrops (Galanthus)

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Rhododendron with raindrops, Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin, New Zealand via Instagram

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A Rose

“O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie,
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.”

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Flowering Now: Apple Blossom Camellia

Flowering Now: Apple Blossom Camellia

Flowering Now: Apple Blossom Camellia

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Camellia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. They are found in eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalayas east to Japan and Indonesia. There are 100–300 described species, with some controversy over the exact number. There are also around 3,000 hybrids. The genus was named by Linnaeusafter the Jesuit botanist Georg Joseph Kamel, who worked in the Philippines and described a species of camellia (although Linnaeus did not refer to Kamel’s account when discussing the genus).[1] Camellias are famous throughout East Asia; they are known as cháhuā (茶花, ‘tea flower’) in Chinese, tsubaki (椿) in Japanese, dongbaek-kkot (동백꽃) in Korean, and as hoa trà or hoa chè in Vietnamese. — Wikipedia.org

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California Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica ) — A Minute in the Garden 61 from A Gardener’s Notebook

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After a long absence, the scrub jays have returned to the garden. Now I need to get more peanuts for the feeder. They love them so much and are so entertaining to watch as they choose just the right one to take off and bury or hammer open on a nearby branch.

California Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica ) -- A Minute in the Garden 61 from A Gardener's Notebook

 

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Interesting Plant: Alpine Strawberries (Fragaria vesca)

Interesting Plant: Alpine Strawberries (Fragaria vesca)

We are always looking for more food items to grow, even here in our somewhat shady garden, so when I saw these strawberries they intrigued me. While we have a few pots of hybrid strawberries, I wonder if these might not be a better choice for our particular conditions. This is only the beginning of my research. — Douglas

Interesting Plant: Alpine Strawberries (Fragaria vesca)

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Fragaria vesca, commonly called wild strawberrywoodland strawberryAlpine strawberryCarpathian StrawberryEuropean strawberry, or fraisier des bois, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the rose family that grows naturally throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere, and that produces edible fruits.[1][2]

Vilmorin-Andrieux (1885) makes a distinction between wild or wood strawberries (Fragaria vesca) and alpine strawberries (Fragaria alpina),[6] a distinction which is not made by most seed companies or nurseries, which usually sell Fragaria vesca as “alpine strawberry”.

Under wild or wood strawberry, Vilmorin says:

It has seldom been seen in gardens since the introduction of the Red Alpine Strawberry. … Wood Strawberry possesses a quite particular perfume and delicacy of flavour. 2,500 seeds to the gramme.

Under alpine strawberry, Vilmorin says:

A very different plant to the Wood Strawberry, and distinguished by the greater size of all its parts — the fruit in particular — and especially by the property (which is particular to it) of producing flowers and fruit continuously all through the summer. … The fruit has nearly the same appearance and flavour as that of the Wood Strawberry, but is generally larger, longer, and more pointed in shape. The seed is also perceptibly larger and longer. A gramme contains only about 1,500 seeds. — Wikipedia

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Interesting Plant: Butterfly Mint Bush (Monardella subglabra)

Butterfly Mint Bush (Monardella subglabra)

Interesting Plant: Butterfly Mint Bush (Monardella subglabra)

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Monardella subglabra, Butterfly Mint Bush, is a one foot tall perennial covered with one inch purple flowers in Jun-Jul. Butterfly Mint bush has a mint odor but much less than many others. Native to the Central Coast to So. Calif.. It likes part shade to sun. It will tolerate reg. garden water but becomes drought tolerant with age. It is cold tolerant to at least 10 deg.. I’ve seen this at the Santa Barbara Bot. Garden form a mass of bright purple with no foliage showing. It is not as showy in the nursery but still pretty and needs so little care we’d forgotten we’d planted it. It was covering an 3\’ area of a flower bed with dark green foliage on a plant 2″ tall. We remembered it was there when we finally got a little rainfall and it flowered. Ta! Da! Purple flowers all over the place! Our mother plant is 15 years old and still thriving. Syn. Monardella purpurea
Monardella subglabra tolerates sand.

Monardella subglabra’s foliage type is evergreen and has fragrance.
Monardella subglabra’s flower color is violet.

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