- Author: jannike petrovska
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Crown Princess Margareta sitting on a wall.
No va va voom. Just the simple tracery of a rescued single-cane rose.
What a romantic vignette.
Wait a cotton-pickin' minute! What are those dangling legs doing in my otherwise lovely picture?
Those legs belong to eggs. Humpty Dumpty is alive and well and even has a son.
Where there's a garden, there's hope.
The lovely rescued Crown Princess Margareta at Humpty Dumpty House
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- Author: Dona Jenkins
Riverside, Calif. UC Cooperative Extension will celebrate its 100th anniversary on May 8 at the Master Gardener Grow Lab facility and the Western Municipal Water District in Riverside from 6-8:00pm.
Join us at these great community events and enjoy a relaxing day while you learn about food production and saving water in your home landscape and fun science facts.
UC Cooperative Extension is home to the Master Gardener, 4-H, Expanded Food and Nutrition (EFNEP) and other agriculturally-related programs. The Master Gardener program alone provides gardening solutions to thousands of helpline and phone inquiries each year from Riverside County residents.
“One of the most profound ways in which UC touches people's lives is through the work of Cooperative Extension,” said Janet Napolitano, University of California President.
“We invite all area residents to join us at one or both of these free events,” said Eta Takele, County director and area agricultural economics advisor:
- The UCCE Riverside County Master Gardener program at their Grow Lab facility from 10:30 a.m. to noon May 8; located at 3555 Crowell Ave., Riverside. Please enter via ally off of Helena and enter through the open gate.
- Educational workshops that will help conserve water, money, and time in your own backyard.
When: May 8, 2014, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Western Municipal Water District, Southern California Landscape Demonstration Garden,450 E. Alessandro Blvd, Riverside, CA, 92508
6:00pm: Introduction and Workshop Overview (Eta Takele, UCCE and Pam Pavela, WMWD)
6:30pm: Landscape Management under Dry Conditions (Janet Hartin, UCCE)
7:30pm: Master Gardener Program Overview and Helpline Information (Dona Jenkins, UCCE)
This event is sponsored by the UC Cooperative Extension, Riverside County and Western Municipal Water District.
“We look forward to contributing to a more sustainable future for our children and children's children in the next 100 years,” added, Eta Takele.
- Author: Loleta Cruse
As I said in my first blog, I love to visit gardens; and in Oct. my husband Pete and I spent some time in Paris. We took with us a wonderful book called Hidden Gardens of Paris by Susan Cahill, which has pictures, descriptions, and related information about 40 gardens in the City of Light.
The must-see item for us was the La Promenade de Plantée (or, as we monolingual clods call it, the Promenade of Plants). This spectacular garden was built in 1993 on a decommissioned rail line and stretches nearly 3 miles from the Place de la Bastille eastward to the “ring road” that marks the informal boundary of the metropolitan area. When we topped the stairs at the Bastille end of the promenade we were rewarded with a feast for the senses, the mind, and the spirit.
It was truly like stepping into another dimension 10 meters above the ground. The hustle and bustle gave way to peace and serenity. Occasionally we would meet a jogger or mothers with strollers (How they managed to navigate the steep stairs remains a mystery!), or someone just relaxing on a bench.
Instead of honking horns we heard the songs of birds and the buzzing of bees working the late-summer blossoms. From time to time a light breeze carried the scent of the roses that were putting forth their last flush of blooms. Who would have guessed you could find such peace, and even solitude in the middle of one of the world's largest cities?
As we strolled along the pathway we were able to look down onto small street-level parks and almost felt like invisible observers of life below. We also were able to enjoy gardens on the balconies and rooftops of apartment buildings we passed. Not for the first time, I thought how nice it might be to live in Paris.
With our bellies full, we were ready to continue our adventure. We discovered a series of tunnels, each decorated in different way, and when we left the last tunnel, we found ourselves entering a forest. Once again, we seemed to be miles, rather than meters, away from city life.
There were many plants I didn't recognize, and as luck would have it, there was a gardener nearby pruning some shrubs. Using one of the few French phrases I know, I asked him if he spoke English. When I ask this question I usually get one of two answers: “No,” or, “A little.” If the answer is no, that usually means the person speaks a little English. If he or she says “a little,” I can be pretty sure we can communicate. In this instance, however, “No” was a correct answer. I tried sign language, and he spoke very slowly, but I never did find out the name of the delicate and fragrant plant pictured here.
When we reached the end of the “forest,” we found ourselves in another park, whose name I've forgotten, but by now we were close to the end of our trek and we didn't stop to smell the roses or any of the other fragrant lovelies. At this point the landscape became more wild and more like a midwestern plain. Somehow we were above street level again, and we were dying to find out what new wonder would reveal itself. What a delight it was to discover this charming school garden!
But our adventure had an unsatisfying ending. As I noted at the beginning, the parkway was said to extend to the ring road, but a few yards beyond the school garden we ran into a fence. We thought there might be a continuation of the path that we had missed, so we retraced our steps, but if there was a continuation we never found it.
Maybe that means we have to return to Paris and try again. That would be fine with me, and now all we have to do is win the lottery. Someone told me we'd have to buy a ticket in order to win. Is that true?/span>
- Author: jannike petrovska
Choosing This Year's Roses
-- By jannike petrovska --
No. I'm not obsessed with roses. In fact, the gardens I design for myself are composed of shaped hedges, artistic foliage, and subdued color, with an almost stark absence of blooms. But I'm imagining a new garden for Humpty Dumpty House Foundation, and I have to admit, some of the Romanticas, and many of the English roses, with their delicious fragrances, sky-high petal counts, and dreamy deep chalice shapes take my breath away. Regardless, I find designing with roses a challenge. Even when narrowed down to the Romanticas and English roses, there are oh-so-many choices. And unless you enjoy looking at thorny canes with bloomless or disease speckled foliage, "the right rose in the right place" is critical for superb performance. So for the past several years I've been collecting information about the best roses for a hot, dry southern California climate. Factors important to me were bloom power, color, disease resistance, form, and fragrance, in that order of priority.
Bloom Power: For sheer bloom power (with highest being a shrub smothered in roses year round), I've found Iceberg to be a rose that consistently delivers in our hot, dry area. But since I prefer quality to quantity, I hoped to find a stunningly beautiful, fragrant, disease resistant rose with enough repeat to keep at least a few blooms on the shrub most of the time, rather than an average rose with tons of nonstop blooms.
Disease Resistance: I wanted to grow vigorous, bloom-packed shrubs without the application of fungicides and pesticides, so finding disease resistant varieties was important.
Form: The deeply cupped and chalice shaped blooms found on many of the Romanticas and English roses is heartbreakingly beautiful to my eye, so I was willing to sacrifice sheer bloom power for awe-inspiring beauty.
Fragrance: I wanted the garden experience to be fully immersive, so only roses with fragrance were considered.
Armed with this list of priorities, I began my search. And after reading everything I could find, talking to rosarians and rose enthusiasts, and visiting public and private rose gardens, here are my choices for the new rose garden at Humpty Dumpty House.
Summary for burgundy-red roses in our hot, dry climate:
First place: Tradescant.
The best thing about Tradescant: People who grow it say it has a color not to be believed, and in hot sun it bleaches less than many other red roses.
The worst thing about Tradescant: Rigid canes.
Runners-Up: Rouge Royale, Chocolate Sundae, William Shakespeare 2000.
Summary for pink roses in our hot, dry climate:
First place: Alnwick.
The best thing about Alnwick: The sheer beauty of its blooms, and its ability to form a hedge.
The worst thing about Alnwick: Some people who grow it claim it burns, but the one I observed did fine in full morning sun, and dappled afternoon sun, even in the summer.
Runners-Up: Scepter d'Isle, Queen of Sweden.
Summary for apricot roses in our hot, dry climate:
First place: Carding Mill.
Best thing about Carding Mill: Lovely chalice shape, and performs exceptionally well in hot sun.
Worst thing about Carding Mill: Fragrance reported to be weak.
Runners-Up: St Cecilia, Abraham Darby
What we love is deeply personal. Our gardens: an expression of what we love. Stunningly beautiful roses? Ooh la la.
Go out; look at lots of roses -- and take home the ones that sing to your heart.