Viva Vita! 06-3

From In Your Garden Again By Vita Sackville-West June 1, 1952 New York, so we are told, could not spread sideways beyond a certain area owing to the astonishing geological formations on which that astonishing city has arisen…it had to go vertically towards the sky. The curious fact accounts for the most original form of architecture,…

Woody Plant ID (Week 3)

Aucuba japonica / Japanese Aucuba (Cornaceae): Dense, upright shrub–classic ‘foundation’ planting; Purple, male flowers in upright, terminal panicles; female in shorter inflorescences from the axils of the leaves–flowering in mid to late march; Opposite, simple, elliptic-ovate leaves–dark green throughout the year.

Herbaceous Plant ID (Exam Cram)

While it probably makes the most sense to organize this list in alphabetical order, I will start with families that got the most attention in class–in alphabetical order–followed by all of the others. Apiaceae : Hollow stems, often ribbed; leaves are alternate, usually divided or pinnate; small flowers in umbels, stalks of differing lengths makes all the same height so that…

Viva Vita! 06-2

From In Your Garden  By Vita Sackville-West June 18, 1950 Two years ago I had what I thought might be a bright idea. It has turned out so bright, in both senses of the word, that I must pass it on. I had two small windswept beds divided by a path of paving stones down the…

Woody Plant ID (Week 2)

Cercis canadensis / Eastern Redbud (Fabaceae): Deciduous flowering / lawn tree; Magenta, bilaterally symetrical ‘papilonaceous’ flowers bloom in Spring before leaves; Cordate leaves, yellow Fall color.

The Curious Gardener (June)

From The Curious Gardener  By Anna Pavord The late Geoff Hamilton was once dubbed the worst-dressed presenter on television. On the contrary, I felt he was one of the few people in the business who always looked right in his clothes. That was because he made no distinction between what he wore on the screen, when he…

Viva Vita! 06-1

From Even More for Your Garden  By Vita Sackville-West June 16, 1957 I can’t tell how you like to see tulips grow; I can only tell you how I like to see them grow myself. We must all admire the grand displays in our public parks, especially perhaps in the London parks crammed with a superbly generous present…