I start my long delayed propagation project by taking and preparing rosemary cuttings for rooting. I am looking for transplants to use as rosemary topiary and also to build a rosemary hedge, if possible. This could take a looooooong time, but you have to start somewhere.
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Another poppy this week in Garden Alphabet, but something quite different from our native California Poppy. In fact, as you can see by the latin names, these poppies are an entirely different genus from the California variety.
The Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale) is probably more familiar to most people, as it is grown in many gardens throughout the US. The poppies in the photo were snapped at a local garden in La Cañada Flintridge I passed in my travels.
“Papaver orientale (Oriental poppy) is a perennial flowering plant native to the Caucasus, northeastern Turkey, and northern Iran.
Oriental poppies throw up a mound of finely cut, hairy foliage in spring. After flowering the foliage dies away entirely, a property that allows their survival in the summer drought of Central Asia. Late-developing plants can be placed nearby to fill the developing gap. Fresh leaves appear with autumn rains.
I originally grabbed this photo because it showed a lovely formal garden, but as I examined it more closely, I could see a lot that was wild about this picture, too. Yes, it has large lawns, stonework and a fountain, but looking at the edges it is also exuberant, with the beds threatening to spill out into the lawn at any moment. Maybe that is the goal of any garden — to maintain a bit of control but also expose the wilderness that could be.
The truth is, we only carve our gardens out of the wilderness for a small amount of time. I only have to look at properties in my neighborhood that remain empty for a short time. The lawn and garden beds quickly revert to weeds and saplings. Given a few months, I could see the entire property yielding to the overwhelming pressure of nature. Even more, this is here in the relatively dry and inhospitable San Fernando Valley. if you live in a more temperate climate, your lot could go from a cultivated garden to meadow to woodlot in just a year or so.
Tatham Garden [slide]
Creator: Van Altena, Edward Tatham, Edwin, Mrs Bedford Garden Club
A lovely and heavily naturalized Japanese fountain. I love the way it fits in the garden and the contract between the dark stone and light-colored bamboo. There is another form of fountain that I also like called a “deer scare.” These fountains use the water to tip a piece of bamboo so it knocks against a stick or the basic each time it fills. This fountain could be easily modified into such a fountain, too, I think.
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