Friday, September 28, 2012

Photos of Sissinghurst: Oh, How I Love Thee

I visited Sissinghurst once and decided I wanted to live in the cottage within the garden, but haven't been able to swing it ... yet. (One of the farmhouses on the estate does offer B&B if anyone is interested. Pick a room with a view of the garden and enjoy the full experience.) Sissinghurst Castle Farmhouse.

Sissinghurst is a romantic garden filled with inspiration for garden designers who want to bring a sense of history and mystery to their own gardens ... each garden room leading into another, with a beautiful surprise around every bend in the path, and through each boundary wall or hedged arch. It's a delight for the senses.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Merits of Allium Giganteum

Photo by Chris Gladis
When researching this post about Allium Giganteum, the first book I pulled off the shelves was an old Vita Sackville-West In Your Garden edition. The second was a facsimile edition of William Robinson's 19th century book, The English Flower Garden. I love indices. In the end, I pulled twelve books off my shelves that had some information about this allium, mostly contradictory.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Rambling Roses for the Romantic Garden


Roses to Scramble over Fences and Up into the Trees

by Lorraine Syratt 

Rambling roses are best in care-free romantic gardens. Like children, they tumble over walls, scramble through fences and climb into trees - happiest when left alone.

Rambling roses are generally more vigorous than climbing roses. They are well-suited to semi-horizontal growth. The ramblers scramble along fences, tumble down hills, spill over walls and walkways and are even trained to grow up through trees. They have an abundance of flower clusters and for gardeners with romantic tastes, rambling roses are a delightful addition the the garden.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Grow a Collection of Antique and Vintage Gardening Books


by Lorraine Syratt ©2009

Collecting rare antique and vintage gardening books can be an expensive endeavor, as valuable to the garden historian as they are to the collector.

Collecting vintage and antique gardening books is a passion, not just for gardeners but for bibliophiles with interests in garden history, old botanical prints, botany and garden design. Much can be learned from old gardening books, like the names of plants that are no longer in existence, old gardening techniques, and country lore. These books are most valuable to researchers when restoring an old garden to the original time period. They are a pleasure to read and a pleasure to own and grow a niche collection.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Create a Herbaceous Border for Your Cottage Garden

The traditional cottage garden border is informal, abundant, colorful and fragrant. It appeals to all the senses. Any property boundary can be transformed into a floriferous herbaceous border. The border should be viewed as a blank canvas, waiting for the artist's composition to give it color, texture, depth and balance. You can achieve this by using a variety of old-fashioned plants, including roses, herbs, perennials, bulbs, annuals and flowering shrubs. Only the amount of work you're willing to commit to will determine the size of your border.


© Copyright David Anstiss and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
 


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Confine Wild Violets in the Lawn: Improve Its Biodiversity

  
by Lorraine Syratt ©2012

© Copyright Derek Harper and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
When wild violets pop up in lawns, they are either welcomed arrivals for gardeners, or they are uninvited flora to be pulled out at the earliest opportunity. Wild violets will run rampant in lawns if they aren't kept in check, but they can be confined to certain areas instead of eradicating them altogether. For many gardeners, they are perfect wildflowers for naturalizing to create a medieval flowery mead. Wild Violets add a little spice that improves the lawn's biodiversity.
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