Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Garden Design Magazine, win a year's subscription!

Corresponding recently with Dayna Springfield, of Garden Design Magazine, I was surprised to realize I've never written about the magazine here on my blog. Back when I was part of plantlust.com I did a piece there — titled Making Connections — but never here...

Summer 2014 was the first issue of the current magazine — although it wasn't a completely new title — Garden Design in another form was a well-known (and loved, by some) publication. Once the earlier version ceased to publish Jim Peterson bought the brand and reinvented it. The "new" Garden Design is completely ad free, published four times a year, and bookshelf worthy.

I've had the pleasure of meeting Jim, and his wife Valerie, on multiple occasions (Garden Bloggers Flings, which the magazine generously sponsors, the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, etc) I know the people behind this magazine are warm, genuine, human beings who support the gardening community beyond the pages of the magazine. This feels very much like a family affair, one which just happens to write about amazing gardens, take gorgeous photos, and feature them in print. If you've never seen the magazine in person, here's a short (2 minute) video that gives you an idea of the stories they cover, and the way in which they do it.

In addition to what appears on the glossy pages of the magazine there's a treasure-trove of information online. For example, a story on my fellow Portland-area garden blogger, Tamara's, old garden (here)...

And a story on the Elizabeth Miller Garden in Seattle here...

If you're not signed up for their weekly newsletter you really should be, seriously. It arrives in your inbox every Thursday and has links to great stories on their website, a calendar of events happening around the country, other blogs you should be reading (I'm a little biased, they have featured danger garden a couple of times) and so much more. Sign up here.

So enough of my chatter...are you interested? Perhaps you've seen the magazine and liked it, but never taken the plunge and subscribed? Perhaps you're already a subscriber (good for you!) but you'd like to give a subscription to a friend, or family member? Well... here's your chance. The fine folks at Garden Design are letting me give away a year's subscription!

This coming Friday, August 25th I will draw one lucky winner from all who comment on this post by midnight on the 24th. As always you MUST leave a way for me to get a hold of you, so I can get your mailing address. If your comment doesn't link to an active blog (no Google Plus accounts) then leave an email. You can write it out like "audrey at gmail dot com" if you want to deter the spam-bots from finding you. Oh and U.S. residents only please, I'm sorry but you know...shipping costs.

Maybe you want to go ahead and subscribe right now? Then I've still got a deal for you — get your first issue free! That means the summer issue ships to you now, then you've still got a whole year ahead to enjoy your subscription! Go online www.gardendesign.com/2017 or call (855) 624-5110 Monday – Friday, 8am–5pm PST and mention this offer. Enjoy!

Weather Diary, Aug 21: Hi 91, Low 59/ Precip 0

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Monday, August 21, 2017

In a Vase on Monday — same vase, different method

Last week I put together an arrangement using Floral Soil, a natural alternative to oasis (that green gunk florists used for years to keep their stems upright). This week I thought I'd try an old fashioned alternative — chicken wire. I used the same low, wide, vase...

And crumpled the wire up and shoved it inside.

The Hibscus needed a little trimming (there is a window back there, somewhere) so I used the tips with flowers in the vase.

The wire kept the stems where I placed them, the only drawback being catching the cut-up ends on the wire and having to work to "wiggle" them further in. Why were the ends cut-up? Anytime I stick a woody-stem in water I make a few vertical cuts up into the stem, hoping it will help it to take up the water.

Other bits in the vase include Pennisetum purpureum 'Vertigo'...

χ Fatshedera lizei ‘Annemieke’ and an inherited Clematis montana.

The vase went back on the mantle, because once you've claimed a bit of space you don't want to give it up.

I cut three stems of the "grass" for the pointy tips, but didn't want to waste anything so bent the lower pieces into sort of loops and tucked them in.

The new growth on the Clematis picks up the color scheme nicely.

I declare the chicken wire test successful!

Visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for links to all the Monday Vases...

Weather Diary, Aug 20: Hi 81, Low 56/ Precip 0

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Garden Bloggers Fling 2017 — The Smithsonian Gardens: The Castle Garden and Enid A. Haupt Garden

Right about here is where the buses dropped us off, in front of the Smithsonian Castle adjacent to the National Mall...

We were told "You will have approximately 2.5 hours to self-tour the 12 Smithsonian gardens along the mall as well as the US Botanic Garden"...it felt a little lot overwhelming. For starters, what the heck is the "Smithsonian Castle"??? Well...(according to their website)... "Completed in 1855, the Castle is our signature building and home to the Smithsonian Visitor Center. As such, it makes a great starting point for your journey" ...a journey they thought might include museums, but no. My journey was all about the plants, of course! It felt like a big welcome that greeting us in front of the castle was a Mahonia...

As we approached I'd spied this planting, so had to back up a bit to start my exploration here. After all Castor Beans and Cotinus? Yes please!

Then you toss in a half-dozen or so Yucca rostrata and, well, I'm pretty much in heaven.

I was never quite sure when I was in the Enid A. Haupt Garden proper, but I assume most of the images I'll be sharing fall withing the boundaries.

So who is Enid? "Enid Annenburg Haupt may have publishing in her blood, but gardens are in her heart. Her father, Moses Annenburg, started with the publication of a small racing form. Her brother expanded the company to include such mainstays of the American household as TV Guide and Seventeen, a magazine, which Mrs. Haupt herself later edited and published. However, it has been her numerous gifts to build, restore and maintain gardens around the country and the world, which has made her the foremost horticultural philanthropist in America...Therefore, it is no surprise that the Secretary of the Smithsonian at the time, S. Dillon Ripley looked to her for assistance when the idea of the garden for the new Quadrangle was being formalized. The only unexpected part was how generous her gift would be...By offering an endowment of over three million dollars, Mrs. Haupt has ensured not only that her garden was created, but that it would flourish and remain a haven for visitors to the Smithsonian Institution and harried urban dwellers in the Washington, D.C. area." (source, edited for length)

Unlabeled Magnolia, with big glossy leaves.

Magnolia sieboldii 'Michiko Renge' (unfortunately not in bloom)

Quisqualis indica 'Flora-Plena'

Cycas circinalis

I've previously shared images of this crazy-business on Instagram.

I'm still in awe...

If I worked nearby this would be my lunchtime walk. The umbrellas on the left, and others out of view, provided shade for numerous tables and benches. I disturbed more than one person having a quiet conversation among the plants, as I ducked in and around with my camera, hoping to capture it all.

What a bizarre flower! I believe this is the Hibiscus Heather labeled "rode hard and put away wet"...

Bismarckia nobilis

Another Cycad...(where the hell do all of these plants go during the winter? They're not hardy here!!??!)

Pseudorhipsalis ramulosa

Mossy base in the Pseudorhipsalis ramulosa pot.

Plumeria rubra

Another view of the "tropical alley" (my name)...

Jatropha podagrica

Aka "Buddha belly plant"

Hibiscus 'Tylene'

Dioon spinulosum

Entering the moongate garden (still within the Enid A. Haupt Garden, if you were wondering).

Well that's a lovely Farfugium.

There were several urns along the border of the parterre...

Their most remarkable feature was they appeared to be secured with a thin wire. If I were really contemplating stealing one of these urns, and wire was the only thing keeping them secure, I'd probably bring wire cutters.

So, birch logs added recently?

What do you think? (and why were they added? original spacing too wide???)

Standing there in person I didn't notice the construction on the left. Too mesmerized with the activity on the ground plane I guess.

Keeping it real! These formal gardens don't take care of themselves you know.

Another entrance to the "Castle", this one flanked by interesting plants.

It's about to get stinky!

Another gorgeous Furcraea, this one a little smaller than the one we saw last week.

Cyrtostachys renda, aka lipstick palm

And this!!! You know I love spotting an unexpected Agave, and this Fling was full of them. Still this one was a huge surprise. Large, and in the ground. Any guesses as to which species it is?

The splotchy color and movement of the arms have me thinking Agave franzosinii, but that's only hardy to Zone 8....(things that make you go hmmm)...

Oh ya! A branching Yucca rostrata...I am impressed! Check out the very bottom though. That's some weird spreading trunk business there.

Eryngium yuccifolium

Did you catch my "Wednesday Vignette" post this week? This is the backside...

And the front. It looks to be a water feature but the water wasn't running when we were there. The slightly wet concrete was do to a few sprinkles that fell from the sky.

Mussaenda 'Queen Sirikit' — "Mussaendas, often known as Bangkok Roses, are popular throughout the tropics and subtropics of the world" (source). I expected to learn they're somehow tied into the Euphorbias but I guess not.

Live and learn! That's what makes travel so fun right?

Weather Diary, Aug 17: Hi 80, Low 62/ Precip 0

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