Archives For January 2015

Begonia Escargot

January 19, 2015

Escargot begonias (Begonia rex) are a variety of rex begonia that produces spiral-shaped foliage that curls around at the base of the leaf. It takes its name from the snail-like curl pattern at the base of the leaf.They’re typically grown for their showy foliage, not their flowers. Escargot begonias prefer partial sunlight, moist but well-drained soil and plenty of fertilizer. They require little maintenance and pruning isn’t necessary. Escargot begonias grow best in areas with high humidity, but excessive watering can cause fungal diseases or rot. They grow as annuals and are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 and 11.

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Escargot Begonia’s attractive twisted heart-shaped leaves remain dark green in color with showy silver variegation and tinges of brown throughout the year. It features dainty clusters of shell pink orchid-like flowers at the ends of the stems from late summer to mid fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. Escargot Begonia is an herbaceous evergreen annual bedding plant with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance annual bedding plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don’t particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats.

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Madame Isaac Pereire Rose

January 17, 2015

Madame Isaac Pereire Rose is a voluptuous rose clothed in purple velvet petals, and blessed with one of the most potent fragrances in the rose world. The canes are lax and very suited to be trained as a small climber or on a pyramid. Liz Druitt and Michael Shoup recommend pegging the rose in  Landscaping with Antique Roses. The theory of pegging the rose is that the five to seven foot canes are the perfect length to pin to the ground. The horizontal training feeds the canes more evenly so that there will be a blossoming of roses along the canes, as well as extra foliage. Jack Harkness joked about Madame Isaac Pereire  stating that it was a perfect rose to plant on a fence facing an annoying neighbor. He felt that the roses colors were too strident and the foliage was too prone to fungal disease.

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The rose will certainly benefit from good air circulation. It is advisable not to train the rose on a fence for this reason. The color of the rose appeals to many and is disliked as well. I think the deep, cerise-rose color matches the scent of the rose, which is a powerful bouquet of ripened fruit. The petals are tightly packed, whorled and quartered in the center. These weighty blooms open from small rounded buds, and sometimes the buds do not open. As the flowers age they become a smoky cerise gray with an intimation of Concord grapes. Many rosarians have commented that the blooms are at their best in the spring or fall.

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Windsor Castle

January 17, 2015

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen. This Royal Residence is located in Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. This Royal home and fortress was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror. The castle has been used by monarchs since the time of Henry I with a rich history spanning 1000 years. The Castle is large with an area covering 1 hectares (13 acres) and contains magnificent state apartments furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection, St George’s Chapel (one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England and the burial place of 10 monarchs), Queen Mary’s Dolls House, a masterpiece in miniature and the Drawings Gallery featuring an exhibition.

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The original castle was designed to protect Norman dominance around the outskirts of London and to oversee a strategically important part of the River Thames, Windsor Castle was built as a “motte and bailey” with three wards surrounding a central mound. A fire in 1992 prompted the reconstruction work involving a sequence of phased building projects which resulted in the present day castle. It is in essence a combination of Georgian and Victorian design based on a medieval structure with Gothic features reinvented in a modern style. Sir William Whitfield has pointed to Windsor Castle’s architecture as having “a certain fictive quality” with the Picturesque and Gothic design generating a sense of theatrical performance.

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All throughout history the castle has been favored by monarchs using it for various uses. To date The Queen the Castle both as a private home, where she usually spends the weekend, and as a Royal residence at which she undertakes certain formal duties. Every year The Queen takes up official residence in Windsor Castle for a month (March to April) and this is known as the Easter Court. During these period The Queen hosts occasional dine and sleeps events for guests including politicians and public figures. Her Majesty is also in residence for a week in June when she attends the service of the Order of the Garter and the Royal Ascot race meeting.

New Knights of the Garter are invested by Her Majesty in the Garter Throne Room and on the walls are portraits of monarchs in their Garter Robes starting from George I to the present Queen whose portrait was done by Sir James Gunn in 1954.

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Windsor Castle is often used by Her Majesty to host State Visits from overseas monarchs and presidents. The traditional State Banquet is held in St. George’s Hall with a table seating of up to 160 guests. The St. George’s Chapel is a Royal Peculiar where it is not subject to a bishop or archbishop but owes allegiance directly to the Sovereign. It remains an active center for worship with daily services open to all.

Various Royal weddings and funerals have been celebrated in St. George’s Chapel and various departments of the Royal Household are based at Windsor Castle.  The Royal Archives and the Royal Photograph Collection are housed in the ancient Round Tower. The Print Room and Royal Library house precious prints, manuscripts, books and drawings.

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Windsor Castle is also a very busy visitor attraction with many parts of the Castle open to the public including the precincts, the State Apartments, Queen Mary’s famous dolls’ house, St. George’s Chapel and the Albert Memorial Chapel. It would be a good time to visit when the Queen is in official residence for the change of the Guard provides quite a colorful spectacle.

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Beautiful Psalms

January 15, 2015

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Grevillea Plants

January 13, 2015

The Grevillea is a group of diverse genus of about 350 species of evergreen flowering plans in the protea family Proteaceae which is native to the rainforest in Australia, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Indonesia and Sulawesi. The grevilleas are a remarkable and beautiful group of plants. The namesake of the family, the god Proteus was noted for his ability to change his appearance and form at will. The species range from prostrate shrubs less than 50 cm (20 in) tall to trees 35 m (115 ft) tall. Common names include grevillea, spider flower, silky oak and toothbrush plant. They are good bird-attracting plants, honeyeaters in particular are common visitors. They are also used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the Dryandra Moth and the Pieris rapae or the Small White.

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Ranging from small shrubs to large trees, grevilleas are evergreen plants, with needle-like to narrow leaves or ferny pinnate foliage, usually in whorls around the stems. The flowers, which are fragrant in some species, are arranged in three basic forms: spider-like, toothbrush-like, and large brushes. Their flowerheads, which open at varying times, are composed of many small flowers, usually in shades of yellow, orange, or red, with long filamentous styles.

 

As the plants are a diverse group, there are a wide range of conditions that they will grow under. The following generalized statements regarding the cultivation of grevilleas would apply to a majority of the plants in cultivation. Grevilleas flower best in sunny, dry locations although they will also grow in light shade. Plant in well-draining soil and be very careful of any fertilizers applied to these plants; many Grevillea, especially Western Australian species, are highly sensitive to phosphorus and the use of fertilizers high in this element can be fatal to these plants.They do not like excessive watering and garden water tolerance or ability to grow near lawns will be exceptions rather than the rule. Regular pruning after flowering is recommended to enhance and rejuvenate flowering and plant growth. Most varieties are drought tolerant, as well as frost hardy down to 20 º F.

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Creeping Jenny Plant

January 12, 2015

Creeping Jenny plant, also known as moneywort, is an evergreen perennial that thrives in USDA zones 2 to 10.  It is a low growing ground cover that thrives in sun to shade.  It can be invasive, and may be best used in container gardens or “hard to grow” areas of your landscape.

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Window Box Impatiens - shade plants that bloom all season   (shown here with creeping jenny)
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Lake Como Italy

January 11, 2015

Lake Como is the third largest lake in Italy, and has been a popular tourist attraction since Roman times.  The lake is shaped like the letter “Y” and looks like a mighty river running through the mountains.  It attracts visitors with beautiful landscapes, wildlife, villas and spas.

 

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Lady Emma Hamilton Rose

January 10, 2015

Introduced in 2005, this rose features unusual coloring for an English rose.  It showcases a mixture of tangerine orange and yellow strikingly set against dark green foliage, perfect to liven up any border.

This shrub rose grows 4-6 feet tall and is very fragrant.

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Inspirational Stained Glass

January 9, 2015

The Obscure Beginnings of Stained Glass

Many histories of stained glass begin with Pliny’s tale of the accidental discovery of glass by Phoenician sailors. The legend recounts shipwrecked sailors who set their cooking pots on blocks of natron (soda) from their cargo then built a fire under it on the beach. In the morning, the fire’s heat had melted the sand and soda mixture. The resultant mass had cooled and hardened into glass. Today, though, it is thought that Pliny — though energetic in collecting material — was not very scientifically reliable. It is more likely that Egyptian or Mesopotamian potters accidentally discovered glass when firing their vessels. The earliest known manmade glass is in the form of Egyptian beads from between 2750 and 2625 BC. Artisans made these beads by winding a thin string of molten glass around a removable clay core. This glass is opaque and very precious.

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