Grapevine: Men-an-Tol, Chanticleer, Green Allium, Green Dianthus, Green Rose, Baptisia, Companion Planting, Carrot Museum, Painted Forest

One of the best-known megalithic structures in Britain, the Men-an-Tol (“holed stone”), dates back to the Bronze Age, approximately 3,500 years old. The monument, located in the western province of Cornwall, consists of four stones and is believed to be the remains of a Neolithic tomb. Photo: Grigor Fingerov. Click image to link to Dry Stone Walling.

Eight Must-Haves From Chanticleer
Dusty Miller actually used to be on my list of 10 Most Hideous Garden Plants. Just the name “Dusty Miller” puts me off…it sounds like the name of a chain-smoking proprietress of a run down Bar & Grill in El Paso, Texas, who has greasy hair and glares at you if you order foreign beer.  So I was biased against it from the get-go. But the gardeners at Chanticleer do some inventive things with this most humble of annuals.    Black Walnut Dispatch

– Allium “Hair”
‘Hair’ allium is a very strange flower. In the photos seen in bulb catalogs, its oddity was obvious. But not until it was actually planted in one of our sun-gardens & began blooming in late spring & early summer, did it become equally obvious that it is butt-ugly.    Paghat

Dianthus “Green Trick”
Green flowers are always tempting, and as cut flowers they’re especially valuable as they go so well with so many other colours. Until recently, white carnations were often dyed green – never very satisfactory – but now here’s a natural solution.     RHS My Garden

Rosa chinensis “Viridiflora”
The ‘flowers’ of the green rose are barely that at all. …There is an abnormal process that sometimes occurs in plants, called phyllody. Phyllody is where some or all of the organs from the four wholes of a flower (sepals, petals, androecium or gynoecium) are replaced with leaf-like (vegetative) organs.     The Grapevine

Beautiful photographs of Baptisia
Tony Avent of Plant Delights has coined the phrase “red-neck lupines” for baptisias. One of my Baptisia seedlings especially reminds me of an exquisite lupine that is native to our sandhills, the Sundial Lupine (Lupinus perennis). … The Baptisia have finished up blooming but their beauty stays with me all year. I have two or three that emerge and bloom very late (June and July) that is probably due to planting depth. My favorites are the crisp whites and the lovely blues and purples.

Companion Planting
Many plants have natural substances in their roots, flowers, leaves etc. that can alternately repel and/or attract insects depending on your needs. In some situations they can also help enhance the growth rate and flavor of other varieties. Experience shows us that using companion planting through out the landscape is an important part of integrated pest management.     Golden Harvest Organics

The World Carrot Museum
The Carrot has a somewhat obscure history, surrounded by doubt and enigma, and it is difficult to pin down when domestication took place. …Over thousands of years it moved from being a small, tough, bitter and spindly root to a fleshy, sweet, pigmented, unbranched edible root. Even before the introduction of domesticated carrots., wild plants were grown in gardens as medicinal plants. …It is a popular myth that domestic carrot was developed from Wild Carrot, probably because of its similar smell and taste.   The World Carrot Museum

The diversity of carrots. All tasty.

Painted Forest
A group of seven large trees and about one hundred smaller trees are sporting the latest colors of the season: yellow, orange and blue.     UpChicago

Thumbs up to the Chicago Parks Department. This is what they did to over 100 dead trees pending removal along Lake Shore Drive. Click image to link to UpChicago.

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