Friday, October 26, 2012

My Next Garden

Sanguinaria canadensis 'Multiplex' April 2009

Saruma henryi April 2010

Tulipa 'Little Princess' April 2010
Erigeron glaucus May 2010

 Iris douglasiana May 2009

My next garden will be perfect.  There will be no weeds.  Nothing will die, or get ugly, or grow too big, or disappoint me in any way.  My next garden will not be too much work.  It will be smaller.  It will be perfectly planned.  It won't need much water.  Perennials will not fall over.  There will be no diseases, or troublesome insects, or stray dogs.  When I go out in my new garden, I will have only positive feelings, inspired by the beauty around me.  I will plant only plants I truly love.  Of the thousands of plants I grew in my old garden, I will choose from the 150 listed below.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Volunteer Park Conservatory in October

Coleus at the Volunteer Park Conservatory October 2012

Chrysanthemum at the Volunteer Park Conservatory October 2012

Plectranthus at the Volunteer Park Conservatory October 2012

Hibiscus at the Volunteer Park Conservatory October 2012

Hechtia glomerata at the Volunteer Park Conservatory October 2012

Click here for more photos of Volunteer Park.

The Volunteer Park Conservatory is a welcome respite from the cold Seattle rain.  I can also say that it has the finest planting design of any conservatory I have seen worldwide. It is open except on Mondays, even on holidays, from 10 to 4. The conservatory has 5 houses, each quite different. There are bromeliad, palm, fern, seasonal display & cactus houses.  It is hard to say which is most interesting.  The seasonal displays are changed 6 times each year.  Plants are often replaced in all of the houses. I think Volunteer Park is the greatest park in Seattle.  Not only is the park beautiful, but it has a number of first-rate attractions including the conservatory, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, Isamu Noguchi's Black Sun & the panoramic view from the Water Tower.  The park is easily reached from Downtown Seattle by the 10 Capitol Hill bus, which stops at the park.

Friday, October 12, 2012

September Garden Pictures

Echinops ritro September 2012

Hydrangea arborescens September 2012

Paeonia suffruticosa September 2012

Sorbus forrestii September 2012

Pieris japonica 'Variegata' September 2012

September 2012 in Seattle was warmer & much drier than normal.  The mean temperature was 62.7F/17.1C.  The normal mean temperature is 61.3F/16.3C.  Total precipitation was 0.03 inches.  Normal precipitation is 1.5 inches.  The highest temperature was 90F/32.2C, the lowest 46F/7.8C.  There were 5 days with light rain, 9 days with fog, 4 days with haze, 4 cloudy days, 11 partly cloudy days & 15 fair days.  This followed an August that was also warmer than normal & with no measurable precipitation.  The last significant rain fell on July 20.  The landscape became very dry & dusty.  Air quality was poor.  Numerous wildfires were reported in the the State of Washington, east of the Cascade Mountains.

The Wildlife News reported on September 23, 'The immediate cause of the fires is ignition and plenty of dry fuel, but the dryness itself after June is explained by a persistent and huge ridge in the polar jet stream over the Western United States.  This has kept all but thunderstorms at bay in the West, but pushed storm after storm over SE and Central Alaska, causing record summer flooding up there. Changes in the jet stream are one of the things that you would predict with the Arctic Ocean melting as it has. There is no longer the temperature differences between the polar side and southern side of the jet to keep it relatively tight and symmetrical.  The result is the development of huge and persistent troughs in the jet stream carrying strong rainstorms coupled with equally large and scantly moving ridges of dry, dry weather. With the Arctic melt, the current situation of extremes might be irreversible.'