GRAPEVINE: Gaga Fern, Canna Storage, Karchesky Canna, Love Puff, Coffin Planter, Thunbergia Heaven, Zone 5 Tropicals, Buffalograss, Vertical Gardens, Camera Technique

A Lovely Stone Table. Photo Norman Haddow. “I saw this feature in the garden where I was staying for part of my recent visit to Canada. It was built by Colin Shaw-Rimmington who is a well-respected Toronto chef. He is not a mason but I believe he managed to combine beauty with function in a way which many of our professional wallers find difficult to achieve.” Click image to link to Haddow’s “Dry Stone Walling.”

“In garden arrangement, as in all other kinds of decorative work, one has not only to acquire a knowledge of what to do, but also to gain some wisdom in perceiving what it is well to let alone.” – Gertrude Jekyll

Nineteen Species of Fern Named for Lady Gaga; Researcher Says the Inspiration Was Literally Written in the DNA Sequences
Pop music megastar Lady Gaga is being honored with the name of a new genus of ferns found in Central and South America, Mexico, Arizona and Texas. A genus is a group of closely related species; in this case, 19 species of ferns will carry the name Gaga.     Science Daily

Canna Storage Suggestions
Canna rhizome winter storage has many possibilities but one must understand that some cultivars store much easier than others. Ideally cannas should not be lifted for storage until after a light killing frost or even a moderate freeze. This allows the rhizomes to begin the normal semi-dormant cycle.   canna2grow; GardenWeb

Karchesky Canna
We grow our cannas cold climate Pennsylvania USA zone 6/5 at a higher elevation and where winters are cold but summers can be quite warm. Cannas grow very well here from May through October until frost takes them around Halloween.   Karchesky

Love-in-a-Puff vine
I didn’t recognize those first leaves and nearly pulled it.  Curiosity nearly always gets the best of me, though, so I waited to see what would happen.  When it started to get tendrils and tiny white flowers, I finally caught on — Love-in-a-puff vine!    A Charlotte Garden

Coffin used as flower planter sold for $150K
In a Dorset garden, a Roman marble coffin was detected by auction valuer Guy Schwinge on a routine valuation, the BBC reports. While walking the grounds, Schwinge saw the coffin “peeping out from under some bushes.”     Yahoo Sideshow

Early September and Thunbergia Heaven
Another two I have tried for the first time this year are Thunbergia aurantiaca ‘Gold Eyed Susan’, which has a smaller orange flower about 1ins across, with a pale green eye, while  Thunbergia alata ‘Sunrise White’, as its name suggests, is white with a black eye. There is also a pure white form called Thunbergia fragrans which is easily grown from seed, though they can be hard to find.
The Exotic Garden

Hardy Tropicals for Zone 5
Pictures of tropicals that have survived Zone 5 winters in my yard… (with some protection, some Wilt-Pruf and possibly some luck.)     Rick; Manchester Garden Club

Buffalograss Brief
I love my buffalograss lawn and wouldn’t trade it for the world.  It doesn’t need to be mowed as frequently as most other turfgrasses, and I rarely give it extra water except in the worst of Kansas summers. If you like the fine texture of bluegrass, then you’ll be amazed at buffalograss. My children have always loved the feel of walking on it barefooted; soft and very dense. Yes, it fades in the fall to a nice buff brown color, but the color is very even-toned and pleasant, and your mowing ends with the first frost.   Kansas Garden Musings

Aw Yeah Vertical Gardens!
A place to collect pictures and information about vertical gardens.     AYVG

Camera Technique Captures New View of Time and Space
What if you could compress a video clip into a single image? That’s what Jay Mark Johnson, an artist and visual effects director, has accomplished through the use of a special camera technique. He calls the images “photographic timelines,” and his collected works offer quite a shift to conventional perception.     Singularity Hub

The love of gardening is a seed, once sown never dies.” -Gertrude Jekyll

The Hurdle-maker. Photograph by Gertrude Jekyll. Old West Surrey (1904). “[An] industry that goes on in the copses in winter and spring is probably much older and is still well alive. This is the making of wattle hurdles for sheepfolds. They are made of hazel, ash, or willow.” Click image to link to more of Jekyll’s photographs on VictorianWeb.

The Samhain Winter Garden in Brigit’s Garden, Galway, Ireland. “The festival of Samhain (pronounced Sow-en), or Halloween, falls on October 31st and marked the beginning of the yearly cycle for Celtic peoples.” Click image to link to Brigit’s Garden.

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