February 22, 2012

A Squeeky Clean Spring Refresh

GALANTHUS ( SNOWDROPS) ARE BLOOMING EARLIER THIS YEAR DUE TO THE EXTREMELY MILD AND SNOWLESS WINTER - OUR WARMEST WINTER EVER SINCE RECORDS WERE KEPT.

I don't know if it's because it's becoming to feel like spring out there, or because it feels like spring outside.....but I feel like I need to play with the design of this blog once again - a subtle tweak, to freshen it up, make it whiter - more New York Timesy, classic, clean and more ownable. So please share your thoughts about it, as I tweak various type elements and try to simplify my color palette -- which happens to match this fab Snowdrop which was proudly waving its winged petals while in bloom in the sunshine this morning in the alpine bed that runs along the greenhouse.

OXALIS OBTUSA, SHARES A BEVY OF BLOOMS WHICH OPEN ONLY WHEN THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT. THIS SELF PLANTED ESCAPEE-BULB FOUND ITSELF IN A LARGE, DEEP POT WHERE IT SHARES A HOME WITH A BRUNSVIGIA TEN TIMES ITS SIZE.

Sometimes plants tell you how they like to grow. As many of you know, I grow many species of the bulbous South African Oxalis - the winter blooming species. Experts say to grow them in fast-draining mixes, in small pots, but this errant bulb ended up in a huge 30" container which houses a massive Brunsvigia, it must have happened while repotting the dormant southern hemisphere bulbs every July. The difference is that this misplaced bulb is doing far better than its kin in smaller pots. This plant has a root run nearly 24 inches deep, and I am convinced that these tiny South African bulbs prefer large tubs  of sandy soil, where they can run roots deep, often where the bulbs end up, pressed against the bottom of a pot no matter how deep it is. A repot this summer while all is dormant will reveal the truth.

5 comments :

  1. Love the new blog look. I've been wanting to do something similar to mine but I just haven't had the time to play around with it.

    Not a big Oxalis fan. I just can't look at them without thinking of what a horrible weed Oxalis pes-caprae and other species are here in California. A beautiful weed when in bloom but a nightmare to get rid of.

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  2. I'm a big fan of white as you can see on my own blog, but I really miss your old palette- especially the header. Regardless, your blog is great.

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  3. Thanks Kaveh and Mario. I know, it's hard to change to all white even though I like its simplicity, I know that I will get used to it, but I too liked the older version. It was just starting to feel a little over-designed. Finding the perfect balance of elegant design with simplicity is key. I may revert back to the slightly darker grey/green motif again, but let's live with this one for a while - besides, I am still working on it.

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  4. I like this puritan shape. Anyway, I hoped that you won't leave the icicles for spring and summer.

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  5. I could spend hours a day with your blog. The only thing that could be better would be seeing your greenhouse for real. Thanks so much Matt, and all you other plant guys :) if you can grow these things... I can keep working on my veg garden!

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