Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ottoman Paradise

Although not a Japanese or Chinese garden, the Bakewell Ottoman Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden was worthy of entry into this blog simply becuase of its splendor. Had I not created a Zen garden as part of my landscaping plans when I first embarked on a garden for my own property, I would have followed an Ottoman/Islamic design. I was fortunate enough to see this garden while visiting the Japanese and Chinese gardens while in St. Louis.

Here are some images:











Friendship Garden

“Sitting alone in a secluded bamboo grove,
I was singing while playing the qin,
Before realizing, in the deep grove,
The moon had already joined me
With her beautiful light.”
– Wang Wei

While visiting the Missouri Botanical Garden, I also had a chance to visit the Margaret Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden. This garden was modeled after traditional Chinese scholar gardens located in the souther region of China, near Nanjing.

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Seiwa-en

I had the opportunity to visit the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Seiwa-en ("Garden of pure, clear harmony and peace"). The 14 acre garden was created in 1977 and is one of the largest in North America. It is rated #13 in the top 25 list published by Sukiya Living (The Journal of Japanese Gardening). Personally, I thought it was one of the best I've seen in the United States. Note: the morning I visited was rainy, hence not much blue sky.

Here are some images below:





































Friday, July 15, 2016

Blue Bird Takes Flight

The Delphinium ‘Blue Bird’ perennials I planted bloomed earlier than I had expected. The blur color is fantastic and adds some more diversity to the garden.



However, the height of the plant far exceeded what I thought it would achieve. As a result, I will need to move the one on the northern side of the garden to along the fence line. Its just too tall and seems out of place. 




Also, as the plant, once it flowers, needs support in the form of a brace to keep the flowers from tipping over, especially after it rains. In the long term, I made to move these to other locations in the garden that get more sunlight. Perhaps at the far end of the stroll garden, the sunniest part of the property.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pom Pom Intervention

The Boulevard Cypress Oriental Pompon (Chamaecyparis pisifera "Cyano-virdis') did not do well over the winter. Honestly, I have had little luck with this Cypress ever since I purchased it. 

We had very little snow over the winter and a spring with little rain. As a result, the soil was very dry. By the time I got around to showing the Cyprus some kindness, it was about 80% dead.


Rather than yank it out of the ground, I wanted to see if I could salvage it. I started by trimming away all of the dead material. As a result, it has lost any resemblance to having once been a pom-pom.


Its not 100% dead, but it is one very sad sight to behold. Perhaps its sad look will give it some character. Honestly, I don't see how it can make it in the long term, but until I have a new plan or plant in mind, I am going to let it try and save itself. We will see how it does.