Wednesday, November 30, 2011

today's weather

the rain has ended and the storm has blown away. 
sunset was lovely!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

how to build a green house

i love this house: what a great job at urban guerilla gardening! i like the grey water usage for watering.

Monday, November 21, 2011

today's plant: morning glory

i spend so much time trying to eradicate the bind weed in my yard that i often forget they have some really beautiful members of their family! well, this morning i was reminded.
these lovely pink and purple flowers are from one gnarly Ipomoea purpurea vine around a stop sign.
small orange-red morning glories
i dont know what this petite orange variety is called, but i love it!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

meteor shower

tonight is the final night of the leonid meteor shower...everyone is worried the moon may be too bright for viewing, but i say "what about the clouds?" 

Monday, November 14, 2011

today's plant: elephant ears

we are enjoying a lovely indian summer here in the mid-atlantic with today's highs in the 70's. today's plant is my neighbor's gorgeous elephant ear, Colocasia esculenta (common taro) which is still looking marvelous despite some recent chilly night temperatures. will it make thanksgiving?

Friday, November 11, 2011

happy veteran's day

happy veteran's day!

Friday, November 4, 2011

weekend gardening events

autumn is a wonderful time to work in your garden...or not!
•there is a fall orchid sale at lyman estate greenhouses in waltham, massachusetts today thru sunday.
explore the world of watersheds in richmond. california
(you know: right by the oil refineries in cancer alley).

•winterize your pond correctly saturday at this workshop in woodland, washington.

buy some new plants at mounts botanical garden plant sale in west palm beach.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

maximum garden house

vertical gardening has really come into its own, and has migrated from commercial and public installations to the front of your house. and, why not? green spaces are becoming more dear as development takes over every inch of the urban/suburban landscape. the maximum green house (above) was recently completed in singapore, where every inch of land is at a premium. i snapped this photo during my recent visit to san francisco's russian hill, where gardening space is also highly valued.
this gardener may have gone a little overboard, completely obstructing the view of their house (i think there is a house in there!). maintenance of this place must be quite a chore!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

today's flower: chrysanthemum

i am not really a fan of chrysanthemums! yeah, yeah: they DO provide fall color, but asters are more my style: mums tend to fall over if not clipped and clipped all summer, and i always seem to forget!
but one of my neighbors obviously knows how to treat them as i stumbled upon this huge poof of lilac-pink ones: lovely!