Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Documentary: Oman: Die Rosen der Wüste

For those who understand German, here is a lovely little documentary on traditional irrigation and the cultivation of damask roses for rose water in the Jebel Akhdar mountains of northern Oman:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bulbs Bulbs Bulbs

I started bulb planting in earnest yesterday and did a few more this morning.

Bulbs of Tulipa saxatilis

So far I have planted the following:
50 Muscari armeniacum
20 Ipheion uniflorum
10 Narcissus 'Sweet Love'
10 Tulipa saxatilis
10 Tulipa linifolia
10 Allium ostrowskianum
5 Tulipa sylvestris
5 Sternbergia lutea

Lots more to plant the next couple of days...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Garden Update

I managed to miss Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day again, but there is lots flowering in the garden still, and a few things are just coming into season even at this time of year. Let us start, however, with a few things that have continued on blooming from the summer or even the spring:

Chocolate daisy (Berlandiera lyrata), still deliciously fragrant in the mornings

California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) - these really relish cool fall temperatures

Lantana soaking up the sun

Petunia exserta

 Dahlias still pumping out buds

Now for things just beginning to flower:

Chrysanthemum 'Hillside Sheffield Pink'...

... and another hardy mum...

... and the jewels of my fall garden: saffron crocuses (Crocus sativus)

A lot more chrysanthemum varieties should begin to bloom soon...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


This is quite cool, and not just because of the prospect of local figs in Michigan:

Turning Detroit's Abandoned Homes into Greenhouses