Foliage spills from the tower of this birdbath. The potted begonia sits above the water level so it won’t get soggy.
Saturday, May 4, 2013: the 10th Annual World Naked Gardening Day! So - what are YOUR plans?!
Sweet, sane, still Nakedness in Nature! —ah if poor, sick, prurient humanity in cities might really know you once more! Is not nakedness then indecent? No, not inherently. It is your thought, your sophistication, your fear, your respectability that is indecent. There come moods when these clothes of ours are not only too irksome to wear, but are themselves indecent. Perhaps indeed he or she to whom the free exhilarating ecstasy of nakedness in Nature has never been eligible (and how many thousands there are!) has not really known what purity is—nor what faith or art or health really is. ~ Walt Whitman
I’m not sure if it is, but this looks like a Cherokee Rose, the state flower of Georgia, Rosa laevigata. In any event, it’s a lovely capture from herbanlife.
Shade gardening - forget the flowers…just use Begonias for their foliage. They are available in an array of colors, shapes, sizes, and growth habits. Use them as bedding plants or accents in container gardens.
The Haunted Garden by HoiYan.
Published in 1484, Herbarius of Arnoldus de Villanova, this is the first known printed picture of a Peony.
Reprinted in The Book of the Peony (1917), by Mrs. Edward Harding.
Succulents in a repurposed Pomerol Bordeaux wine box from Château Le Bon Pasteur. Such a lovely wooden crate should be put to work after the wine is gone.
Paeonia suffruticosa (tree peony) is native to China, where it is known as Mudan.
In front of the Audience Hall of Mu Tsung Huang Ti … there were planted thousand-petalled tree-peonies. When the flowers first opened the fragrance of their perfume was perceived by everyone. Each blossom had a thousand petals, large and deeply red. Every time His Majesty gazed upon the sweet-scented luxuriance he would sigh and say, ‘Surely such a flower has never before existed among men!’ (Ninth-Century Chinese Writer)
Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 6: Biology and Biological Technology, Part 1, Botany, by Joseph Needham (Cambridge University Press 1986).
The tree peony is not actually a “tree” but more of a woody-shrub preferring some shade from harsh afternoon noon. The woody stalks produce the next season’s flowers and should be left in tact throughout the winter (unlike herbaceous peonies which die to the ground each season). They are very slow to establish, but well worth the wait. Huge blooms appear in mid-spring (before herbaceous peonies) and the flowers are surrounded by lovely fern-like foliage with a reddish tinge.
Vintage garden photos, National Geographic.
Art Deco head planter…..what to plant inside?