Glory's Garden

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pathetic looking Waterlilies


In this picture they do look nice, but now, at the end of a particularly hot and dry summer, they were rather pathetic indeed! I was lamenting the lack of rain this summer and how low and dry  my pond was getting. The Waterlilies look horrible now without water to hold up their flowers and lily pads. They weren’t even blooming as well as they had in the past. But that may have been because they were getting a bit crowded in there. I have started with only 4 plants, one pink, one red, one white and one yellow, but the pink and yellow died, leaving me with only 2 but these two have gone bonkers!

I also added Pickeral rush (or weed, depending on who you ask), some cattails and duckweed, which the fish gobble up before they get a chance to cover the entire surface. I thought I would take this dry spell as an opportunity to thin them out, even though I didn’t have anyone to give the extras to. I wished for another pond but that isn’t likely to happen.

I have a much smaller one in the backyard but it isn’t deep enough to keep the Lilies from freezing in the winter. Although, I truly don’t wish to simply toss the Waterlily plants into the compost,  I may thin them out and place a few in the smaller pond anyway. You never know, after all. It could be a particularly warm winter. Yeah, right!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pumpkin harvest


This is my pumpkin harvest. I’m so very proud of these darlings. These cute little “Sugar babies” all came from just three vines. They are absolutely perfect in size. Each will make precisely two pumpkin pies or two loaves of pumpkin bread. Oh yum! The flavor is super! Right now they are decorating the front steps leading to the porch but soon they will be brought inside, baked, pureed, and frozen for future use.

I still have 4 other pumpkins on the vine, just not quite ready yet and those seem a bit bigger. I may have planted a different kind. Don’t really recall. Memory like Dory, I got! Perhaps I wrote it down here! I’ll have to check my own archives. Blimey, who knew all my useless garden musing might actually be of some use?    :-)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Almost Burning bush.

This is the Burning bush I have in the front mixed shrub border. It’s in the process of acquiring its autumn crimson glow. It will take some time but soon it will look like it actually is burning bright. Quite a sight!

In the picture you can’t really tell, but it has this odd shape, like a coppiced tree with little twigs at the base. Totally bizarre! This is due to the mangling nibbles of a bunch of ravenous rabbits. It was chewed to bits on one side so that only one of its stems wasn’t damaged. They killed the rest and now they have started to re-sprout but boy, does it look woe-be-gone! Now it looks like a reject from a garden freak show.

Don’t know what I’ll do about it, or if I should. Most likely the rabbits will go at it again this winter and maybe–one can never tell– they may actually fix it for me. Do I count on it? Actually I do! As much as I complain about the abundant wildlife, they tend to do funny things to plants that I later don’t mind so much. I’m just funny that way.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New, more productive way of growing veggies.

 My friend Mac Pike found an extraordinary method of increasing his vegetable production this year, and simply couldn't keep the news to himself. Good thing, because it sounds fantastic. Read a bit about it here and I encourage you all to pop on over to his about me page over at Helium where you can find loads more good advice and some rather interesting articles on topics as diverse as dinosaurs, WWI Battleships and silly poetry.

Special seeding techniques for an ultra productive vegetable garden by Mac Pike

There is nothing new under the sun:
This ancient maxim is particularly true when applied to the home vegetable garden, unless of course one considers the recent practice of growing tomatoes upside down. However, there are a few tricks that are rarely used that can make the gardening process easier and more productive. The goal is to plant in such a way as to guarantee optimal plant spacing and thus get the most out of the space available while eliminating the process of thinning seedlings and almost all weeding.
These techniques are most useful when used for directly seeded plant crops in a relatively small plot. Beets, turnips, kohlrabi, carrots, corn, Swiss chard and bush beans are crops that can all benefit from these planting tips.

 You will need:
A: The seeds you intend to plant along with their packets, the packets contain useful planting instructions.
B. Shovel, rake and trowel.
C. An ample supply of compost that has been made by the fast or “hot” method.
D. A screen for sifting some of the compost.
E. Several bags of inexpensive potting soil, preferably without fertilizers added.

Prepare the ground:
Turn the soil as deep as practical with the spade, working in large amounts of unscreened compost and any nutrients like blood meal or greensand that may be desired. Avoid harsh chemical fertilizers that drive away or kill earthworms, those all important gardening allies. Smooth the soil with the rake.....read more

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wedding gifts from the garden


A rather clever idea was brought to my attention by a friend (Thank you, Suzanne!) who was stressing out about her freshly seeded lawn. She had awakened in the middle of the night with a vision of a wedding in which everybody gifted the bride and groom with presents from the garden, perennials mostly to fill their first garden.

I can’t say how much I love that idea!

I think this has potential to be a great theme for a wedding shower. A “For your first garden together” wedding shower could also feature gifts of garden tools and equipment, heirloom vegetable and flower seeds, DIY greenhouse kits, arbors, hydroponic supplies, statues, birdbaths, fountains, trees, shrubs, vines, herbs, houseplants and even yearly memberships to a local botanical garden for the garden enthusiast bride and groom.

I can see this catching on! Makes me want to plan a renewing of vows ceremony. Assuming, of course, that all my family and friends would give me plants I don’t already have. That would be a chore in itself! Finding one I don’t have...near impossible! ;-)

So, the next time you are invited to a wedding and you know the bride and groom will have a garden, why not think of those much needed items which any gardener would love to have? Really, it would make your gift stick out amongst all those toasters and useless trinkets that end up collecting dust in the attic.

You know, I remember every single person that ever gave me a plant for my garden. They will forever be remembered favorably every time I look at their plant still alive and blooming and beautifying my garden. Wouldn’t that be a lovely forever kind of gift for newlyweds?.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Who knew?


I had been somewhat frantically searching for the name of a most wonderful plant, a native shrub (at least I assumed it was native) growing in large drifts along highways and in forgotten ditches in Pennsylvania. I thought it quite pretty, with large heart shaped foliage, long sprays of tiny, slightly scented white flowers. It even bloomed in late summer which anyone could tell you is a good thing. That is when we all want something, anything, blooming. That is when most other plants peter out, after all.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Full view of Conservatory


This will give you a better idea of the size of a building designed to house four acres under glass. This was taken amongst the fountains in front and still the entire building cannot be seen.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Clarion tower


This is the tower which chimes on the hour during summer. It's quite a lovely situation for the tower and brings to mind a long-haired maiden hidden away by an evil witch.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Stream behind the Clarion tower waterfall


Don't mind that silly person blocking the view of the stream. Just beyond this is the "Eye of the water" a sort of fountain which is supposed to look like an eye. The stream is surrounded by lovely weeping cherry trees and looks absolutely enchanting during the spring flower show. It looks rather nice now, too.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The gaurdians of the pumphouse


These two look rather serene standing guard at the pumphouse. You might not even notice them at all if you don't sneak behind the fountains and maple tree allee to peek at them.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pumphouse Lady


This statue stands almost like a guardian of the pumphouse, along with her male companion, who stands in shadows.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Pumphouse in near ruins


This is the pumphouse which serves to pump water by the thousands of  gallons every minute during the fountain and light shows. It looks much like an ancient ruin now and is in need of massive renovations.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Allee of maples


Longwood is known for its allees of trees. This one is Maple trees trimmed to form a square-ish backdrop to the main fountains. This allee takes you behind the fountains and to the pumphouse where the hundreds of thousands of gallons of water is pumped out for the fountain shows.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pierce house


This is Pierce house which serves as a museum with pictures, artifacts and a film of Piere Dupont's life and his many contributions to society.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Main fountains at Longwood


This is approaching the main fountains at Longwood. To get a true idea of the expanse of them, one would have to stand on the balcony off the conservatory which overlooks the fountains. This is the primo and therefore the coveted spot for viewing the light and fountain shows, accompanied by music, held on summer Saturday nights just as night falls.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Water fall staircase.


There is a funny little story behind this waterfall staircase. Not ever having children of his own, but loving kids,  Piere Dupont often invited his numerous nieces and nephews to Longwood. So, on the day he showed them his new Italian fountain garden, he had them all pose sitting on the staircase. Just as he told the photographer to take the picture he had the gardener turn on the waterfall. The shrieks of utter surprise and joy were said to be heard throughout the 700 acre estate. Mr. Dupont laughed loudest of all. The picture still hangs in the cottage house which serves as a sort of museum.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Conservatory at Longwood


This is only a tiny glimpse of the main attraction to Longwood. The Conservatory is four acres under glass with every type of environment on the planet, from arid desert to tropical rain forest, flowering orchid room to fruitful grape arbors, banana plants to Roses, all depicted in some extraordinary way. Concerts are held in the music room, too.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Italian fountain garden, side view



The Italian garden is surrounded by Beech trees, native Rhododendrons and a blanket of ground cover English Ivy. This forms a solid green backdrop for the gently splashing water and the weathered stonework

Monday, September 6, 2010

Hornbeam Hedge


This tall hedge is Hornbeam and forms a half circle into which a curving stone bench is placed to give a perfect sitting spot to view the four hundred foot long perennial gardens.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Italian fountian garden

This is the view at ground level of the Italian fountain garden at Longwood Botanical gardens. Piere Dupont, the owner and creator of Longwood, saw something similar in Italy and wanted his own version at his summer estate. And here it is, but this picture doesn't do it justice.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Spitting Frogs

The top fountain  of the Italian Fountain garden features small frogs spitting water into the the large pool with the tallest center spurt of water some twenty-five feet into the air.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Longwood pond

This view across Longwood pond doesn't show the Italian fountain garden just beyond. There are fish in this pond which like to stick their noses up out of the water in case someone is willing to give them a treat.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Paulonia Tree allee


This is the allee of new Paulonia tree which borders the topiary garden. The old allee had been knocked down and replaced with the same type of tree. These are extremely fast growing trees so the new saplings, though perhaps only ten years old at best are almost fully grown already. During spring time they're all a-bloom with the most fragrant and pretty pale purple flowers you've ever seen. Quite breath-taking.