August 12, 2010

Experimenting with color

I like pushing color palettes, especially with the newer colors available today in many plants. Searching for odd, out-of-the-ordinary combinations can be fun, and liberating. I was raised as a gardener with many rules to follow; Gertrude Jekyll's Pink, silver and blue palettes, the all white and silver combo of a moon garden, the bright, garish palettes of Christopher Lloyds borders which are so exciting. As a designer myself, I respect all of those rules, and I have probable tried all of them many times, in many garden situation, but I would hardly be a designer worth my muddy boots if I didn't push the edges and search for new motif's, new palettes and more original and inventive combinations.

August 8, 2010

Neofinetia falcata the Samurai Orchid


I know, a very quiet blog this week... I was on vacation (at a family reunion at a nice, mid-century mod remote home in the quiet, dunes and pine forests of Wellfleet on the tip of Cape Cod), so I had excuses. Deep in those dunes of Newcomb Hollow it seems cell and mobile access is 'iffy at best, which was OK with me, since the unwired environment gave me permission to do other things, like  bond with my siblings, and to surf, swim and eat oysters.
I know, I'm not talking about the Neofinetia yet, but I'm, stalling since I have one more vacation day, and need to reregister Adobe Photoshop on this computer, consider a new design layout using Blogger's new system, and design a new header. I've been searching for the ultimate design, where I could possibly have advertising, as well as offer a brighter, easier to read page. Hopefully, this will be it!

August 2, 2010

Tequilla! Collecting Agave

The Agave collection grows, since I try to add a couple new varieties or species each year. There are so many forms available, that a collection just keeps getting nicer every year as new forms are introduced. Don't be fooled by catalog pages where many types look alike, once you get each in a container, they are all unique and beautiful when displayed outdoors in the summer. Long lived ( a century? maybe with some!) and easy to please, these  are indeed, succulents that don't suck. But they do prick you! So if you have small children or a new puppy like use, keep these plants in a safe location, for the spines are dangerous, and they can poke an eye out, or get jammed into a finger joint - don't ask!
 Agave americana is perhaps the most common of all Agave, but this white variegated form is particularly sweet. There are many clones, white white stripes, yellow stripes or no stripes, and all grow large so plan on a large, heavy tub which you will need to drag into the house during the winter, if you live in areas with deep frosts or wet snow. Many Agaves can handle some dry, freezing weather, but north of Atlanta, they are best grown as house plants or greenhouse specimens which spend the summer, outdoors.