Thursday, July 27, 2006

Annual Poppies and Gardens

Many years ago, I saw corn poppies, Papaver rhoeas growing in a wheat (ie corn) field in England. I was smitten then with the image of red flowers with the golden foliage of ripe wheat, and have since loved the way annual poppies, Papaver spp. look in landscapes. I tried with success to recreate this image by designing and planting a natural-appearing wildflower meadow for a friend.

Since then I've continued learning about annual poppies and how they can be used in designed landscapes. The result is a series of articles that begin on May 27th with Poppies and the Landscape of War..

You may read about the necessary steps in creating a poppy landscape in these articles of mine:

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

June Brides In My Garden

Every landscape gardener likes to believe his or her garden is as pretty as a picture. On June 24, my garden was the setting for a series of bridal photos...this is a snapshot of the bridal party in front of mounds of Nepeta x faassenii 'Six Hills Giant.'

You may read more about the garden on this special day at June Brides and Gardens

Sunday, July 16, 2006


Welcome to Cave Hills Gardens!
This is the view from our east-facing deck in the early morning.
It is one of my favorites of our country landscape.