Every garden deserves a lovely garden gate and this one from 1917 California garden certainly fits the bill. Garden gates, in all their forms, give us a sense of enclosure while also inviting us inside for the beauty that might be found there. I find that in all my Internet travels garden gates and fences always attract my attention. I think it might be their regimented shapes enclosing the relatively wilder garden inside and the contrast sit provides that catches my eye.
Johnston, Frances Benjamin,, 1864-1952,, photographer.
[Wellington Stanley Morse house, 450 South San Rafael Avenue, San Rafael Heights, Pasadena, California. Garden gate]
1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in.
Site History. House Architecture: Reginald Davis Johnson, built 1919. Landscape: Paul George Thiene, 1919. Associated Name: Cora Dorr (Mrs. Wellington S.) Morse. Today: House extant , garden redesigned.
Title, date, and subject information provided by Sam Watters, 2011.
Forms part of: Garden and historic house lecture series in the Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection (Library of Congress).
Published in Gardens for a Beautiful America / Sam Watters. New York: Acanthus Press, 2012. Plate 120.
Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.
Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.16932
Call Number: LC-J717-X110- 40
More information on garden gates:
- More garden gate images from Google Image Search
- 12 Stylish Garden Gates via Better Home and Gardens
- Beautiful Garden Gates on Pinterest
Previously in Garden History:
- Our roots are strong and deep – Tree Roots, Saint-Cloud, Eugène Atget
- Painting with plants, Miramar, Newport, Rhode Island, 1930
- Leading you down the garden path, The Farm House, 1930
- The importance of trees (Botanic Garden, Sydney, Australia)
- Sunnie-Holme, Home of Annie Burr Jennings
- “The Dunes,” Frank Bestow Wiborg house, Highway Behind the Pond, East Hampton, New York
- Henry Edwards Huntington house, Oxford Road, San Marino, California. (LOC)
- Pittville Gardens, Cheltenham, England
- “Willowmere,” Rear Admiral Aaron Ward house, 435 Bryant Avenue, Roslyn Harbor, New York (LOC)
- “The Appletrees,” Henry Eugene Coe house, Southampton, New York
- Thornewood, Tacoma, Washington
- Mrs. Francis Lemoine Loring house, 700 South San Rafael Avenue, San Rafael Heights, Pasadena, California. (LOC)
- Tatham Garden
- ‘Santa Barbara Mission, 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, California. (LOC)
- Your victory garden counts more than ever!
- “Villa Sciarra,” George Wurts house, via Calandrelli, Rome, Italy. (LOC)
- Whitworth Gardens, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, England
- John & Lizzie Wilson from Boston in Bradenton, Florida, 1951
- Paris Exposition: gardens, Paris, France, 1900
- Wisteria blooms in Davis Garden (Locust Valley, New York), 1930
- “Killenworth,” George Dupont Pratt house, Glen Cove, New York, ca. 1918
- A Garden Under Glass, Nice, France, c1865-1895
While I love great uses of recycled materials for the garden, sometimes the old classics just shine out. This driftwood branch, converted into a succulent planter, is absolutely gorgeous. It is both simple and complex at the same time, if that is possible. I am wondering if I could try something like this with any large branch or limb, although the sculptural nature of the driftwood lends its own beauty and complexity to the design.
More driftwood ideas from Amazon.com:
- Crema Piatto Bird Bath
- Brick Garden Shed
- Over-the-top Garden Shed
- 30 Amazing Downspout Ideas
- Garden gate made from re-purposed tools
- Moss Buddha via Tumblr
- Shovel Head Daisy
- A ladder in the garden
- Alice’s Tea Party Sculpture
- DIY Log Birdfeeder
- Amazing river stone mosaic path
- Straw Bale Sofa
- DIY: My Lowe’s Creative Ideas Pallet Project from Our Little Acre
- The Bird sNest Box by All Lovely Stuff
- Decorative Garden Trellis become a Tuteur (garden tower)
- Japanese Garden Water Fountain
- Acorn Wind Chime
- Potting bench from old door
- Tolkein-esque garden door
Interesting Plant: Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)
A lovely specimen of Kousa Dogwood found on the grounds of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. Oberlin was founded in 1837 and is renowned as the the first US college to admit African-Americans and Women.
Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)
The Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa or Benthamidia kousa) is a small deciduous tree 8–12 m (26–39 ft) tall, native to eastern Asia. Like most dogwoods, it has opposite, simple leaves, 4–10 cm long. The tree is extremely showy when in bloom, but what appear to be four-petalled white flowers are actually bracts spread open below the cluster of inconspicuous yellow-green flowers. The blossoms appear in late spring, weeks after the tree leafs out. The Kousa dogwood is sometimes also called “Chinese dogwood”, Korean Dogwood, orJapanese dogwood.“
The kousa dogwood can be distinguished from the closely related flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) of eastern North America by its more upright habit, flowering about a month later, and having pointed rather than rounded flower bracts.
The fruit is a globose pink to red compound berry 2–3 cm in diameter, though these berries tend to grow larger towards the end of the season and some berry clusters that do not fall from the tree surpass 4 cm. It is edible, a sweet and delicious addition to the tree’s ornamental value. The fruit is sometimes used for making wine.
It is resistant to the dogwood anthracnose disease, caused by the fungus Discula destructiva, unlike C. florida, which is very susceptible and commonly killed by it; for this reason, C. kousa is being widely planted as an ornamental tree in areas affected by the disease. A number of hybrids between C. kousa and C. florida have also been selected for their disease resistance and good flower appearance.
Fall foliage is a showy red color. – Wikipedia.org
Previously in the Interesting Plant series:
- Giant Chalk Dudleya (Dudleya brittonii)
- Sunrose (Helianthemum nummularium)
- Australian/New Zealand Tea Tree (Leptospermum scoparium)
- Brugmansia Sanguinea
- Calico Monkeyflower (Mimulus pictus)
- Colocasia Esculenta
- Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’ (Coral Bark Japanese Maple)
- Linderniaceae (formerly Torenia) Kuaui Deep Blue
- Passiflora (Passion flower)
- Firewheel Tree (Stenocarpus sinuatus)
- Allium Cowanii
- Symphyotrichum oblongifolius (Purple Aster)
- Hemerocallis ‘Derrick Cane’ (Daylily)
- Agastache ‘Aztec Rose’
- Rudbeckia hirta Moreno
- Kalanchoe Tomentosa
- Albuca namaquensis
- Hosta ‘Remember Me’
- Dahlia ‘Clair de Lune’
- Lovely silver-tinged fern on campus of Oberlin College, Ohio
- Tricolor Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea Tricolor)
- Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala petiolaris)
- Eremurus ‘Lemon Meringue’
- Lupine “Sunrise” (Lupinus hartwegii)
- Chinese Fringe Flower (Loropetalum chinense)
- Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’
- Nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist, ragged lady)
- Epiphyllum (Orchid Cactus)
- Sempervivum ‘Westerlin’
- Gladiolus ‘Kings Lynn’
- Hosta sieboldiana ‘Dorothy Benedict’
- Begonia “Escargot”
- Asparagus Pea (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus)
- Rosa banksiae (Lady Banks’ Rose)
- Primula ‘Victoriana Silver Laced Black’
- Oxalis versicolor
- Poached Egg Plant (Limnanthes douglasii)
- Parisian Carrots
- Fritillaria imperialis Rubra Maxima
- Clematis “Fascination”
- Swiss Chard “Bright Lights”
- Georgia Rattlesnake Melon
- Dianthus Barbathus “Green Ball” or “Green Trick”
- Coleus “Religious Radish”
- Black Forest Calla Lily
- Black Bamboo
Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas
Potatoes are going crazy, our 2 weeks of Spring is probably over and chives are flowering
Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “Container Garden Update 19 – A failed container, worm castings and some new basil”
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Garden Alphabet: Butterfly (Lepidoptera)
The garden is made up of more than just plants. The best gardens are filled with insects and wildlife as well as plants and flowers and learning more about these inhabitants can expand your understanding and the joy of keeping a garden. This butterfly photo was taken at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage California. I have also created 2 photo galleries and videos from the photos of my 2 visits. You’ll find a video and links to more below.
A butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, which includes the butterflies and moths. Like other holometabolous insects, the butterfly’s life cycle consists of four parts: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Most species are diurnal. Butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. Butterflies comprise the true butterflies (superfamily Papilionoidea), the skippers(superfamily Hesperioidea) and the moth-butterflies (superfamily Hedyloidea). All the many other families within the Lepidoptera are referred to as moths. The earliest known butterfly fossils date to the midEocene epoch, 40–50 million years ago.
Butterflies exhibit polymorphism, mimicry and aposematism. Some, like the Monarch, will migrate over long distances. Some butterflies have evolved symbiotic and parasitic relationships with social insects such as ants. Some species are pests because in their larval stages they can damage domestic crops or trees; however, some species are agents of pollination of some plants, and caterpillars of a few butterflies (e.g., Harvesters) eat harmful insects. Culturally, butterflies are a popular motif in the visual and literary arts. – Wikipedia
More information on Butterly (Lepidoptera):
- Apricot (Prunus armeniaca)
- California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
- Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
- Castor Bean (Ricinus)
- Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
- Currant (Ribes)
- Japanese Cherry (Prunus serrulata)
- Daffodil (Narcissus)
- Dietes (Fortnight Lily)
- Grape (Vitis vinifera)
- Hibiscus (Malvaceae)
- Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia)
- Kniphofia “Red Hot Poker”
- Lavender (Lavendula)
- Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)
- Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer Magnolia/Tulip Tree)
- Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
- Matilija Poppy (Romneya)
- Morning Glory (Convolvulaceae)
- Orchid from the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2013
- Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale)
- Polygonatum (Solomon’s Seal)
- Pineapple (Ananas comosus)
- Primula (Primrose)
- Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota)
- Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas)
- Water Lily (Nymphaeaceae)
Looking to see wildflowers in Southern California? The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants is running their 32nd Annual Wild Flower Hotline directly from their web site. Each Thursday they update the hotline with reports from all over the Southland. The Hotline is available in both PDF and MS Word format.
Here is a small section of this wrk’s report, posted March 7, 2014.
Again this year, we are at below normal rainfall and time is running out for significant rain events. Snow in the high elevations and high desert regions may contribute to a nice bloom, but not until later in the spring. The drought makes seeking out wildflower beauties more challenging but a lot more fun for Southern Californians to get out there a cheer every flower sighting!
If you are driving on the 395 to the Sierra ski resorts, take a detour for wildflower sightings along Nine Mile Canyon. Actually there are 3 or 4 canyons coming out of the Eastern Sierra just above the Inyo/Kern County border that are fun to explore. Nine-mile though has easiest access. There is a good smattering of flowers along the shoulder and protected draws. You’ll see Fremont phacelia (Phacelia fremontii), desert sunflower (Geraea canescens), forget-me-not (Cryptantha cicumcissa), desert chicory (Rafinesquia neomexicana), Fremont pincushion (Chaenactis fremontii), a sweet gilia species (Gilia sp.) and desert dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata).The Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia) are starting to bloom as well.
An Auto Awesome animated gif from Google+ created with a series of photos I uploaded.
Previously in my Instagram Photos…