Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Urban Wilderness - Part 2

For the second installment of this new series, here is a very pretty Aster from the edge of a parking lot on my daily walk to class:

Does anyone happen to know which species this is?

Update: According to the newest addition to my library, Peter Del Tredici's Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast,  this is the white heath aster (Symphyotrichum pilosum).

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Plants

I am slowly building up a collection of plants for my new apartment, which is an interesting challenge considering that I only have east-facing windows and my selection is largely limited to what is being sold at the garden centers and flower shops I can reach from here. Foliage plants will probably predominate in the long run but I have also got some nice flowers so far.

Parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

A pink, frilled cultivar of African violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)

Another variety of African violet (Saintpaulia ionantha) with particularly large white-and-purple flowers

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Cordyline fruticosa and Maranta leuconeura 'Kerchoviana'

Miniature Phalaenopsis

Some Sempervivums on the outside windowsill

Lots more plants to come... :)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Urban Wilderness - Part 1

For most people, plants growing through cracks in the sidewalk or from niches in walls are probably signs of neglect or decay but living in a relatively urban environment with lots of brick and concrete and without a proper garden of my own I am finding increasing aesthetic appeal in such little bursts of vegetation. I will therefore try to start documenting some of the examples that catch my eye, beginning today with a colony of unidentified rosette-shaped plants that grow between the pavement and a plain brick walk on the corner of my street.

The whole colony

A close-up

On the whole, I think that there is just something really cool about plants that can tough it out in difficult or unexpected places...

Friday, September 23, 2011

Another Article...

Here is yet another article from The New York Times' "In the Garden" Series, this one about Los Angeles-based landscape architect and garden historian Wade Graham:

In the Garden: Wade Graham on Fashioning a California Eden

I have not (yet) read his recent book American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are but the premise sounds very interesting indeed.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Soiled and Seeded Magazine

Last night I came across this young online garden magazine named Soiled & Seeded and I just love their concept! Do go and have a look if you are interested:

Soiled and Seeded

The articles in the four issues that have been put up so far cover a wonderful range of material touching on many of the cultural and social aspects of gardening that are rarely discussed in traditional gardening magazines. Apparently they also welcome reader contributions, so there is a chance to make the content of future issues even more diverse.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Interesting Article on Waterlilies

I know I have not posted much recently, mainly because I have been busy with the beginning of my new semester as a graduate student, leaving me with little time and material for the blog. In coming days I am going to try to get back to more regular and substantial posts again; in the meantime, here is an interesting article from The New York Times about Texas waterlily collector and hybridizer Ken Landon:

In the Garden: For Waterlilies, an Odd Refuge in Texas

Among other things, Mister Landon is working on developing strains of shade-tolerant waterlilies. There is also an image gallery with pretty pictures of some rather unusual varieties.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Cool Clematis

Walking down my street the other day, I noticed that the hitherto unassuming climber covering part of the neighboring house's porch had burst into glorious bloom:

As far as I can tell it is a Clematis of some sort and I have also seen it in some other gardens around here. Would someone happen to know which species this is?