GRAPEVINE: Daniel Rabel, Flower Production, Katrina Rose, Seed Plants, Switch Grass, Gravity Glue, Portland Japanese Garden, Perennial Foxgloves, Linwood Arboretum, Stinging Nettle, Germination Techniques, Le Notre, Roman Cats

“Enter the Owls and Crows” from the “Fairy Ballet Carnival” by Daniel Rabel (1578-1637). Rabel designed the costumes for the elaborate theatrical pageants at the French royal court. Click image to see more of Rabel’s work at Bibliodyssey.

“Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.” – Rudyard Kipling

New Way in Which Plants Control Flower Production
Flowers don’t just catch our eyes, they catch those of pollinators like bees as well. They have to, in order to reproduce.     Science Daily

The Rose That Survived Hurricane Katrina
It took a couple of months for me to reestablish communication with Peggy. She and her family have moved to Gonzales, LA which is close to Baton Rouge on Interstate 10. I asked Peggy about her roses and home and she indicated the house and garden were under about 20′ of salt water for two weeks following the hurricane. When she was finally able to return to visit their property she was heartened to see the lush growth of her thornless climber, a testament to its toughness and status as a true survivor.     The Peggy Martin Rose

Top 10 Plants for Seeds
We asked our friends at Seed Savers Exchange to help us gather a list of the 10 best flowering plants for harvesting seeds.     Birds and Blooms

Panicum virgatum “Northwind”
In the Fall of 2010, I bought three tiny Panicum ‘Northwind’ ornamental grasses from Santa Rosa Gardens at a deep discount. I planted them and put them through their “test”. In year one, they didn’t do much but they looked healthy enough for me to know that they were going to be a keeper.
An Obsessive Neurotic Gardener

The Art of Stone Balancing
The generic term for stone compositions is ishigumi (石組; a.p. sekigumi “rock group”; iwagumi 岩組 “boulder group”), although it can imply the overall art of arranging and setting rocks in a skillful and thoughtful manner.    Gravity Glue 

The Portland Japanese Garden
Unlike the Seattle Japanese Garden that I visited a few weeks ago, this garden is full of steps and changes in grade. For me the hardscape was almost as interesting as the plants, a fact you’ll see represented in the photos I took.     Danger Garden

Perennial Digitalis
Although I’ve grown a few varieties of D. purpurea through the years, they’ve never done as well for me as I hoped (based on the glorious pictures in garden magazines and on seed packets), and for some reason they never once self-seeded. …The “other” digitalis species are typically listed as perennials, even though some are certainly more long-lived in our garden than others.     Rob’s Plants

A Little Acre of Unsung Plants
Except for a fallen Japanese cedar and some battered zinnias, Hurricane Sandy did little damage to the Linwood Arboretum, where 200 trees and shrubs continue to thrive in near oblivion on a single acre.     New York Times

Urtica dioica, Stinging Nettle
The leaves of the plants have stinging hairs, causing irritation to the skin. This action is neutralized by heat or by thorough drying, so the cooked leaves are perfectly safe and nutritious.
Plants For a Future

Germination Technique for Herbs and Flowers
Nature has designed seeds to germinate at an optimal time of year for each species. Many seeds enter a period of waiting as soon as they fall from the parent plant. For most vegetable varieties a combination of warm temperatures and moisture is all they need to start germinating. Many perennial flowers and herbs, however, have germinating mechanisms that are slightly more complex.
Seeds of Change

Flowers or Gravel?
How flowery were 17th century French parterres? That was the question put to me last week by the head gardener in charge of one of Le Nôtre’s most beautiful designs.     The Landscape Lover

A Roman Cat Fight
Who knows why the Rome edition of the left-leaning newspaper La Repubblica decided to pick on the cat ladies just before Halloween?     NYR Blog

Plans for the Fountain of Ceres in the gardens of the royal court of Spain at Aranjuez, just south of Madrid. Click image for more about Aranjuez.

“More grows in the garden than the gardener sows.” – Spanish proverb

Paul Cezanne, “Les Pots de Fleurs,” (1911)

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