Water Gardens – Planten En Bloemen http://www.plantenenbloemen.com/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:42:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/plantenenbloemen-150x150.png Water Gardens – Planten En Bloemen http://www.plantenenbloemen.com/ 32 32 Sayen Gardens is a beautiful and easy nature walk in New Jersey https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/sayen-gardens-is-a-beautiful-and-easy-nature-walk-in-new-jersey/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:22:16 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/sayen-gardens-is-a-beautiful-and-easy-nature-walk-in-new-jersey/

Hamilton, New Jersey is a bustling suburb of Trenton, and few realize that one of New Jersey’s most carefully curated estates and gardens is nestled among developments, freeways, and strip malls. Sayen’s house and garden is a stunning location in the heart of the township, and the whole property is a real hidden gem.

Visit the township website for more information on Sayen Gardens and property features.

If you love researching the best gardens in the Garden State, find out more about this stunning 54-acre botanical garden in New Jersey, it’s a sight to behold.

Address: Sayen House and Gardens, 155 Hughes Dr, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690, USA

Mosquito spraying across Camden County on Monday https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/mosquito-spraying-across-camden-county-on-monday/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 20:01:17 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/mosquito-spraying-across-camden-county-on-monday/

(Lindenwold, NJ) – Early Monday morning, the Mosquito Control Commission will be in community spraying and monitoring areas in Camden County. The summer weather created an ideal environment for mosquito breeding.

With rain forecast for the week, Commissioner Jeff Nash, liaison with the Camden County Mosquito Commission, spoke about being aware of standing water.

“Remember, after any rain, homeowners should check their yard and remove any standing water to help eliminate the mosquito threat,” Nash said. “Mosquitoes need standing water to breed, so you can keep them away from your property by removing water from places like flower pots and containers. This helps us reduce the pest population in your neighborhood and contributes to the efforts of the Camden County Mosquito Control Commission.”

The Camden County Mosquito Commission will be conducting ULV “spraying” operations on Monday, June 27 between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. at the following locations:

cherry hill

Knolwood Dr.

Coach Ln.

Darby Ln.

Eddy Ln.

Forge Ln.

Glen Ln.

Lafferty Dr.

Bellows Ln.

Chapel Avenue.

Meryl Ln.

Pebble Ln.

Orchid Ln.

Road of Kings.

Ln wagon.

Tarry Ln.

Sherry Way

Dr Holly Glen.

Path of Pams

Covered bridge path.

Covered bridge Ct.

Tarrington Road

Tarrington CT.

Black Barron Road

Bentwood Dr.

Charleston Road.

Fern Avenue.

Clover Road.

Heritage Trail.

Heritage CT.

Gravel Bend Rd.

Horseshoe Ct.

Bancroft Dr.

white oak path.

Willow Way CT.

Willow Way Pl.

Cotswold Ln.


Thackara Avenue.

Central Ave.

Moss Ave.

Rich Ave.

  1. Wide Avenue.

Avenue Leroy.

  1. Park dr.

Estaugh Avenue.

  1. Taunton Ave.

Garden Avenue.

Toomer Ave.

Cooper Road.

  1. Taunton Ave.

Oak Ln.

Oak CT.

Oak Avenue.

Avenue of the day.

Glover Ave.

Chestnut Avenue.

Centaurian Dr.

Centaurian Ct.

Path of Acord.

peppermill road,

Briarwood Road

Briarwood CT.

Marion Ave.

Myrtle Ave.

Magnolia Ave.

Larch Avenue.

Hazel Ave.

Spruce Ave.

Cushman Ave.

Division Ave.

Avenue of the Cedars.

Powell Ave.

Township of Gloucester.

Spruce Dr.

oak dr.

Dr. Maple

Birch dr.

Powell Dr.

Patricia Ln.

Andrews Road.

Preston Dr.

Pritchard Ln.

Parkhill Ln.

Peachton Ln.

Pinewood Ln.

Piedmond Ln.

Penfield Ln.

Peoria Ln.

Peoria CT.

Pierson Pl.

Holly Dr.

Elma Dr.

“The commission is working with Trenton Environmental Public Health Laboratories to check their samples for West Nile virus and other communicable diseases,” Nash said. “If a swimming pool tests positive, the Mosquito Commission comes back to spray the area. Sprays take place when mosquitoes are most active.

Mosquito spray is not harmful to humans or pets, but you should avoid direct contact if you have respiratory problems or are sensitive to irritants.

Residents should check their property for any objects that hold water for more than a few days. All stages of pre-adult mosquitoes (eggs, larvae, and pupae) must be in standing water to develop into adult mosquitoes.

  • Swimming pools are a common problem. All swimming pools must be checked and maintained to keep them free of mosquitoes. Swimming pools can breed mosquitoes a few days after you stop adding chlorine or another disinfectant. Pool covers can catch rainwater and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Add a little chlorine to kill mosquitoes.
  • Maintain mosquito nets to prevent adult mosquitoes from entering your home or business.
  • Personal protection is strongly recommended if you are outdoors when mosquitoes may be active, usually at dawn and dusk. Insect repellents containing 10-35% DEET are very effective, however, be sure to follow label directions and take extra care with children and infants.

The Camden County Mosquito Commission suggests checking around your yard for mosquito breeding containers. Here is a checklist of tips to help eliminate mosquito breeding:

  • Throw away unnecessary containers that hold water. Containers you want to keep should be turned upside down or drilled holes in the bottom so that all the water drains out.
  • Raise the flower pots and empty the water from the dish below each week.
  • Stock fish or add mosquito larvicide to ornamental ponds.
  • Change the water in birdbaths, fountains and animal waterers weekly.
  • Filter vents to septic tanks and other water tanks.
  • Store large boats empty and small boats upside down. If covered, keep the tarp tight so that water does not collect on the tarp.
  • Do not throw leaves or grass clippings into a sump or stream.
  • Don’t let water pool on tarps or sagging awnings.
  • Don’t let trash can lids fill with water.
  • Check downspouts that may hold enough water for mosquito larvae to mature.

For more information or to report a problem, contact the Camden County Mosquito Commission at (856) 566-2945 or skeeters@camdencounty.com.

Get ready, get ready for the summer weather with these tips from OSU Extension https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/get-ready-get-ready-for-the-summer-weather-with-these-tips-from-osu-extension/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 21:05:46 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/get-ready-get-ready-for-the-summer-weather-with-these-tips-from-osu-extension/

CORVALLIS, Ore. – As the warm weather returns, it’s a good idea to assess your garden for the coming summer. Take a lesson from the historic 2021 thermal dome and prepare to help plants through hot, dry weather as the season progresses.

Here are some expert tips from the Oregon State University Extension Service for preparing for heat and drought. To learn more, read Heatwave in the Garden: How to Identify and Prevent Heat Stress in Plants by Nicole Sanchez, OSU Extension Horticulturist.

Water your landscape strategically. Water early in the morning when temperatures are lower. Rather than a little moisture every day, water plants infrequently and deeply before and during drought. Saturate the area to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. For lawns, add one-half to three-quarters of an inch of water weekly, or allow lawns to brown in the heat of summer. Don’t forget to water the tall trees. A soaker hose wrapped around the root zone of the tree works well.

Mulch to conserve water. Mulches are like putting a lid on a boiling pot and preventing it from evaporating so quickly. They do not replace irrigation, but they help retain water in the soil. Place a layer of mulch 3 to 5 inches thick on the ground. Large bark chips or arborist trimmings work best. As these mulch materials break down, organic matter is added to the soil. For more information on mulching and gardening, see Mulching woody ornamentals with organic material.

Put the right plant in the right place. Design your landscape so your plants don’t compete for shade and water. In other words, group plants with similar light and water needs together.

Prepare the ground properly. Good quality soil helps retain moisture in times of drought. When digging, make sure you can break the soil easily, a sign that water can penetrate the soil without problems. When air and water cannot move easily through the soil, plants can experience disease and root growth problems. To build good quality soil, add organic matter like composted yard waste, composted manure, and leaves from deciduous trees.

Choose plants that are not thirsty in summer. Some plants are so drought tolerant that they only need winter rains to thrive and no irrigation at all during the summer. Cold-tolerant varieties native to the Mediterranean region or plants native to the Pacific Northwest are good choices. For ground covers, these include Point Reyes ceanothus, also known as Ceanothus gloriosusand carpet sweeper, also known as Genista pilosa. As for shrubs, we recommend the varieties below, which are followed by their scientific names:

Dwarf strawberry (Arbutus unedo ‘Compact’)

wild lilac (Ceanothe ‘Victoria’)

Cistus (Cistus X hybrid)

pink sun (Helianthemum nummularium)

flowering gooseberry Ribes sanguineum)

· Lavender, (Lavender spp.)

An extension fact sheet by Neil Bell, retired OSU Extension horticulturist, includes many resources and a list of plants. For more plant ideas, check out Ten Great Versatile Shrubs for Water Gardens.

Rock Valley issues ‘water watch’ due to dry conditions and high demand – KIWARadio.com https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/rock-valley-issues-water-watch-due-to-dry-conditions-and-high-demand-kiwaradio-com/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 19:44:23 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/rock-valley-issues-water-watch-due-to-dry-conditions-and-high-demand-kiwaradio-com/

Rock Valley, Iowa – Citizens of Rock Valley are urged to save water.

The Town of Rock Valley has adopted water monitoring. City officials tell us that means voluntary consumer limitations for all water customers. Voluntary water restrictions will apply to all properties, including properties that use wells or sandboxes to water their lawns. They say the City’s watering restrictions don’t apply to people watering gardens.

Rock Valley officials tell us there are special exceptions for commercial wells that are licensed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

They say lawn watering restrictions are necessary due to high water demands and persistent dry conditions. The city has an adequate supply of water for public health and emergencies.

The City says it wants people to stick to this schedule:

· Do not water your lawns on Sundays.
· If your property is located east of Main Street, you can water your lawn on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays before 5:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m.
· If your property is located west of Main Street, you can water your lawn on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays before 5:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m.

City administrator Tom Van Maanen said: “Although this water monitoring is voluntary at this time, if citizens do not adopt these voluntary watering schedules, I expect that The Mayor and Council are immediately adopting a Level 1 Water Warning that will limit or significantly eliminate watering of all lawns.

For more information, please contact the City at tomvm@cityofrockvalley.com or (712) 476-5707.

How much water is too much water? | A new shade of green | Sherry Listgarten https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/how-much-water-is-too-much-water-a-new-shade-of-green-sherry-listgarten/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 01:18:45 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/how-much-water-is-too-much-water-a-new-shade-of-green-sherry-listgarten/

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We’re in our third drought year in California and it’s not pretty. SoCal residents are under unusually severe restrictions. Our area has looser boundaries, but this may get tighter as the summer progresses. Many of us try to use less water, but it gets harder over time and it would be nice to know when you’ve done enough. Hence the title of this blog post: How much water is too much water?

Unfortunately, I don’t have many more answers on this subject than you do. Probably, if you have a lush green lawn and your irrigation is creating puddles on the street, you are using too much.

And probably if your garden looks like this, or you don’t have one, you’re doing pretty well.

But there are a lot of works in between. All of the yards pictured below look great and appear to have fairly drought tolerant plantings. Residents may be wondering if they are saving enough.

How do we know we’ve done enough? I have no idea. But I thought I’d share how much water my house uses and maybe you’ll share yours and we’ll have a collective idea of ​​where we stand.

My house uses a boatload of water, despite our efforts over the past three years to use less. Here is a chart showing our monthly water consumption.

Monthly water consumption at my home from January 2017 to May 2022

You can see that our water usage is almost entirely for irrigation, which is withheld during the winter months. (1) In 2019 our gardener changed all irrigation to once a week. You can see that we used less in the hot summer months, but we used more in the other months because there was little rain. (The peaks in the graph are shorter but wider.) Look at how much water we used in January and February 2021 compared to previous years. It’s ironic that when there’s a drought, you end up needing to use more water.

Last summer, our gardener reduced watering even further, watering several areas only once every ten days (2) and further reducing watering times. I knew we would lose the most thirsty plants but that was okay. It was kind of survival of the fittest competition. The backyard lawn started to look worse and worse and in September we covered it with mulch.

We mulched the lawn last fall.

I don’t know what our water usage will look like this summer, but I think we made a decent dent from 2019 and even 2020-21.

But is it enough? We still use a lot of water. If we use 10 CCF (3) in a summer month, which is a lot of savings, it’s still about 250 gallons per day. With only two people in the house, that’s 125 gallons per person per day. The map in this article shows that the per capita water consumption in 2020 in East Palo Alto was 40 gallons per person per day, 64 in Mountain View, 71 in Menlo Park, and 101 in Pleasanton. Oh, hey, it’s 125 in Los Altos. I’m not alone! (To be fair, though, the average month with us is probably under 10 CCF.)

Last summer, I measured our water intake every day for a few months.

Irrigation days dominate, using over 750 gallons of water (100 cubic feet). On other days we use between 4 and 10 cubic feet, or 30 to 75 gallons. Even that seems like a lot to me. When we didn’t have showers, laundry, or dishwashers, we still used 30 gallons. On what? But the meter shows no leaks and given the extent of our irrigation usage, I didn’t bother to investigate.

Could we use less if requested, without killing even more plants? I am not sure. The land is large – 9200 square feet – and the house and driveway take up only 2500 square feet, leaving plenty of greenery that needs watering. There’s a large pepper tree out front, an even bigger elm tree in the back, and all sorts of hedges, small trees and shrubs galore. They are established plants, not very water-intensive, but they still need water. Frontal irrigation works every ten days, one zone for 15 minutes, another for 10 and one drip zone for 45. Rear irrigation works every week, with five zones at 15 minutes and one drip at 30. That’s about 2.5 hours a week, and will likely be more as the days get warmer. (4)

Some of the plants I water.

Also, at some point I want to plant the recently mulched area in my yard, which means even more water usage, especially when the plants are young. I will try to select drought tolerant natives, but still.

Where is all this going? I don’t think Palo Alto will send the Plant Police, but I wonder how it will go. If the drought persists, how should we develop our sites? I do not know.

Does anyone else want to share how much water you use, where you saved water, where you think most of your water now goes, and if there is anywhere you can not imagine reducing?

Notes and References
1. There is still irrigation in the winter, under the extended roofline.

2. Before that, I didn’t even know you could water every ten days. The corresponding setting is called “Skip Days” on my Rainbird irrigation box.

3. 1 CCF = 100 cubic feet = 748 gallons.

4. I don’t know what types of spray heads the irrigation uses or more generally how much water each zone uses per minute.

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Best places to visit in Ghana https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/best-places-to-visit-in-ghana/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 09:29:10 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/best-places-to-visit-in-ghana/

With gorgeous beaches, a rich culture and vibrant cities, as well as a stable democracy and tourism-friendly infrastructure, the West African country of Ghana is one of the most interesting and popular destinations. accessible from the continent – it is even called “Africa for beginners”.

Located between the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, this hotspot has a colorful traditional heritage to explore – largely through spicy cuisine, brilliant African art and historic colonial sites. Accra is the capital and the cosmopolitan center of the country, but there are also sights to see outside the city limits, all within easy reach with great attractions. These are the best places in Ghana to visit.

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Kumasi is best for Ashanti tradition and culture

Kumasi is Ghana’s second largest city, and its people – known as Ashanti – have a cultural history and language that has remained dominant in the region for centuries. To learn more about this rich heritage, stop at the Manhyia Palace.

Now a museum dedicated to the Ashanti monarchy and traditions, it was built in 1925 by the British colonial government for King Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh I after his return from nearly three decades of exile in the Seychelles (although he refused to move in until the Ashanti had paid for the building themselves).

The palace would remain the home of the monarchy for several generations, until Otumfuo Opoku Ware II moved to a new residence in 1974. Two decades later, it was turned into a museum with exhibits featuring family artifacts such as sitters, the customary regalia used during royal activities and talking drums, which function as a means of communication to celebrate and mourn at gatherings. Each beat of the drum has a unique way of speaking to the Ashanti people.

A visit to Kumasi also means access to many celebrations, such as the Akwasidae Festival, which takes place every sixth Sunday to honor past kings, invoking their blessings by invoking their names.

Tamale has arts and crafts and Islamic architecture

Tamale is the capital of northern Ghana, and it features an excellent mix of both old and new architecture, including modern skyscrapers dating back as far as 150 years.

One of the highlights is the central mosque in Tamale – it can hold thousands of Muslim worshippers, hundreds of whom visit in droves for daily prayers. The mosque is located right in the center of the city, distinguished by its green-topped minaret; a step inside reveals an array of multi-coloured patterned mats gracefully lining the floor, ready for prayer.

Another example of impressive local architecture is the Larabanga Mosque, located about 116 km (72 miles) west of Tamale. Dating back to 1421, it is recognized as one of the oldest mosques in West Africa, built in a Sudano-Sahelian style using mud and reeds, with high white walls and curving towers towards the inside. It’s a great photo op – most tourists capture the mosque’s iconic architecture from the outside.

Tamale is also known for its arts and crafts. To shop for unique souvenirs or simply browse the wares, visit the National Cultural Center, where you’ll find items such as handmade jewelry, drums and baskets, intricately woven from grass, straw and bamboo .

Aburi is best for families and green spaces

Located less than an hour’s drive from Accra, Aburi is bursting with fresh air, making it a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital and spend some time with nature.

For a relaxing day trip, the Aburi Botanical Gardens are particularly popular with families, who come to stroll along the towering palms and snap a photo to commemorate the occasion – posing near the palms is an iconic gesture.

With trees that arrived in the late 19th century from distant parts of Central America, Mexico, Malaysia, India and the Caribbean, as well as orchids, rockeries and a children’s park, the gardens also include 13 hectares (32 acres) of uncultivated land, kept wild to maintain the ecological balance.

As you stroll through the park, keep an eye out for an array of contributions planted by visiting dignitaries, such as Queen Elizabeth II’s Mahogany in 1961 and Prince Charles’ Silver Oak in 1977.

The whitewashed walls of Cape Coast Castle belie the dark history inside | © Felix Lipov / Shutterstock

Learn about colonial history in Cape Coast

Located on the Atlantic coast, Cape Coast was once a hub of the transatlantic slave trade, and Cape Coast Castle played a key role, housing slaves from the 16th to 17th centuries.

First built by the Dutch and then captured by the British, the fort’s whitewashed walls belie the dark history inside – as US President Barack Obama noted during his visit in 2009, it is a site that “reminds us of the capacity of human beings to do great evil.”

Today it is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and guided tours take visitors into the dungeons and along the ramparts to explore this period of Ghana’s colonial history. The West African Historical Museum is located inside the castle and contains a large collection of ceremonial drums and ancient pottery.

A local hikes a lush trail on Mount Afadjato, Volta Region, Ghana
A climb to the summit of Mount Afadjato rewards hikers with incredible views of Ghana and neighboring Togo © Nejah / Shutterstock

Head to the Volta region for an outdoor adventure

The Volta region is home to Mount Afadjato, one of the highest mountains in Ghana. A climb to the top takes around two and a half hours and rewards hikers with incredible views of Ghana and neighboring Togo to the east, as well as flora and fauna like hippos, turtles, lizards and butterflies .

Other outdoor attractions in the area include a monkey sanctuary and myriad waterfalls, including the highest in West Africa, the Wli Waterfalls, whose clean, gushing waters mark the border between the Ghana and Togo. A 30 minute walk leads to the lower falls, then it’s a longer climb to the upper falls; there are pools at the base of both sets where you can take a cold dip, spot monkeys in the surrounding trees and bats in the nearby cliffs.

Stop at the Wli Tourist Office for a guide; you are not allowed to go up to the falls without one.

Accra is best for nightlife and art

Ghana’s capital is a gateway to the country’s culture – a gateway to Ghanaians, art, food and nightlife. Choose from stylish nightspots such as the rooftop Skybar25 or stylish Bistro 22, suitable for tourists, expats and diasporas who can afford the high prices, and restaurants offering a more down-to-earth taste Ghanaian cuisine, such as Auntie Muni Waakye and Bush Canteen, which serves local specialties such as jollof rice, made with tomato sauce and spices, and waakyea dish of black-eyed peas.

In the galleries, you’ll find images of Ghanaian social life from up-and-coming actors such as Kwesi Botchway and Afia Prempeh, and internationally renowned artists such as Serge Clottey and Betty Acquah. Pieces by Ghanaian and African artists as a whole are captured in exhibition halls across the city – contemporary art at Gallery 1957, older African works at Berj Gallery and rotating visual art installations at the Nubuke Foundation, to name a few.

Waitress at an outdoor bar with coconuts and beer at Aqua Safari Resort in Ghana
Aqua Safari Resort captures the essence of Ada Foah, with waterfalls, ponds and aquariums on site and peacocks roaming the grounds © Nataly Reinch / Shutterstock

Ada Foah is the best for water sports

On Ghana’s southern coast, Ada Foah sits where the Volta River empties into the Atlantic Ocean – a secluded stretch of real estate with long beaches and plenty of water sports opportunities. Hire a speedboat to hop from beach to beach, or take your time and kayak along the palm-lined waterways for a slower experience.

Places like Aqua Safari Resort capture the essence of Ada, with waterfalls, ponds and aquariums on site and peacocks roaming the grounds. Check out the Baffour Falls, where there are pelicans and a turtle to feed.

Yards and Gardens of Northern Nevada: Living Plant Walls | Carson City Nevada News https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/yards-and-gardens-of-northern-nevada-living-plant-walls-carson-city-nevada-news/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 17:34:06 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/yards-and-gardens-of-northern-nevada-living-plant-walls-carson-city-nevada-news/

Recently I was reading my Horticulture and Crop Science magazine from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and was fascinated by an article about living walls with vertically growing plant gardens. Alumnus David Brenner has been creating beautiful living walls with his company Habitat Horticulture since 2010.

One of his most famous walls is the “largest continuous living wall in the country at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art”, which measures 150 feet by 29 feet. It is filled with native California plants. Brenner first encountered living walls of plants in Europe and these inspired him to create his own design, planting, irrigation and maintenance systems.

The company’s website states that “A living wall is an ever-evolving installation, and its continued success relies on upkeep and upkeep.” Plant selection and irrigation are essential. Their living wall irrigation systems are often fully automated, although some only fill the reservoirs once a week. The company maintains its walls, either weekly, monthly or quarterly.

The benefits of a green wall, according to Habitat Horticulture, are cooling, additional insulation, lower energy costs and lower carbon emissions. They purify the air. Plants dampen noise, whether it’s coming from a freeway or echoing in a large room. Their outer living walls provide habitat for various organisms and increase biodiversity. A green wall is an efficient use of space and can be used by those with small patios, yards or in a tight urban environment to grow flowers, fruits, herbs and vegetables. And, just like traditionally planted greenery and flowers, plants in a living wall can support mental and emotional well-being. Besides all these advantages, Habitat Horticulture’s wall installations are superb works of living art.

The plants “root directly in the medium attached to the wall”. Doing this, rather than growing a plant such as a vine through the wall, avoids damaging the wall surface. They claim that their irrigation system does not leak and distributes water and nutrients evenly. Their planting medium does not need to be replaced and allows the plants to propagate. Their products are 100% recycled using recyclable materials.

Living plant walls are an ingenious solution for spaces without horizontal planting space. The Chicago Botanical Garden has living walls which are beautiful. Saw a beautiful luscious wall near the bay in Port Townsend, Washington. I would like to see if this technique could be used successfully here in our arid and windy environment, with our large temperature swings and late and early freezes. I wonder how difficult irrigation management would be. They could certainly be installed indoors in small or large spaces.

JoAnne Skelly is an associate professor and extension educator, emeritus, cooperative extension at the University of Nevada. She can be contacted at skellyj@unr.edu.

Lincoln Garden Saturday Tour Features Different Styles | Garden & Landscape https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/lincoln-garden-saturday-tour-features-different-styles-garden-landscape/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 17:20:00 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/lincoln-garden-saturday-tour-features-different-styles-garden-landscape/

Ray Gebhard spent 14 years working in his garden, making waterfalls and tending to a variety of Asian plants.

“It just evolved,” Gebhard said. “I started small with a single landscaping rock before I really put more work into it.”

His garden will be featured this year during the annual garden tour, organized by the Garden Club of Lincoln. The tour, which includes nine gardens across Lincoln and surrounding areas, will take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Each garden features a different landscaping style, such as Oriental or Xeriscaping, where very little lawn is planted.

Some gardens on this year’s tour have carefully placed rock, water and gravel features, creating a path for visitors to follow.

“By creating a path, the idea is to invite people to enter your garden and be surprised by what they might find,” said Teri Ourada, who organized the garden tour.

Members of the Garden Club of Lincoln will be present at each garden to answer questions and receive donations. Application for the gardens that will be featured in next year’s tour is open year-round.

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“The tour is so fun because people from all over the community come looking for ideas to use in their own gardens,” Ourada said.

The nine stops on this year’s tour are:

*1308 N. 38th St. — Kate Borchman and Chuck Hassebrook’s garden features a patio surrounded by perennials and shrubs, including columbine, iris and milkweed.

*1320 N. 38th St. — Ray Gebhard’s front garden opens onto a scenic rock waterfall. A Japanese maple also lines the porch with perennials.

*3850 Orchard Street — Dan and Beth Alberts’ garden features an interesting collection of eclectic artwork filled with hiding places and surprise creatures. The xeriscape style showcases an informal planting design.

*1116 N. 38th St. — Marge and Thomas Knight’s garden features a mix of native shrubs and perennial beds, which create a serene garden with pollinator and predator-friendly plants.

*3809 Apple St. — Judy and Kevin Welsch’s garden welcomes visitors with paved walkways, bobo hydrangeas and a weeping redbud. Their backyard is balanced by two small gardens, one of which wraps around the hot tub, a fire pit, and a “light in the dark” patio.

*3464 Orchard Street. — Tim Turnquist and Jim Benes’ little garden is full of charm and an abundance of bees, butterflies, birds and other happy visitors. Their garden includes pollinating plants, various prairie perennials, lemon balm, milkweed and ornamental onions.

*1359 Prairie View Road, Eagle (just past 190th & Old Cheney Road) — Denny and Diane Jackson’s land was previously seeded by the developer with a mixture of prairie grasses and flowers, which provide habitat for countryside critters. Today their garden is an evolving collection of new varieties of perennials and annuals along with some shrubs and garden art, striving to balance the colors throughout the summer months.

*3835 Holdrege Street — The flowerbeds behind Varner Hall on UNL’s east campus are home to more than a dozen rows of mostly herbaceous perennials. These range from grasses native to Nebraska, such as Indian grass and prairie drop seed, to towering sunflowers and colorful Brazilian verbena.

*3850 Center Street — UNL’s Backyard Farmer Garden was created and maintained by certified Master Gardener volunteers. It celebrates its 70th anniversary with informal tours by a local master gardener.

For more information regarding the Garden Club of Lincoln and the annual garden tour, contact the club at gardencluboflincoln@gmail.com

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Sorrel (Caribbean red drink) – The Washington Post https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/sorrel-caribbean-red-drink-the-washington-post/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 02:18:46 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/sorrel-caribbean-red-drink-the-washington-post/

Red Drink or Sorrel is a traditional sour, sweet and ginger drink served on June 16th. It’s made with the hibiscus roselle flower, which is typically grown not for its beauty, but for its tart, cranberry flavor. It is not the same as the large-flowered variety found in many gardens. DC herbalist Sunyatta Amen, who created this recipe, recommends whole spices, with some dried options, but cautions against using powdered versions of these ingredients. To sweeten, she advises avoiding honey, which can dominate, but rather raw cane juice, raw turbinado sugar or agave. Always stir well before serving. “We garnish with a sprig of lightly rubbed mojito mint or African blue basil [which you can find in gardens or gardening shops] leaves to honor the ancestors who came before us,” she said. The spicy drink can be served hot or cold.

Active time: 20 minutes ; Total time: 1h40 including 15 minutes of maceration and 1h of cooling

Storage Notes: Refrigerate up to 1 week.

Or buy: Roselle hibiscus flowers can be found in tea shops, Asian, Caribbean, Latin and health food markets, and online. African blue basil leaves can be found in home gardens or garden stores.


8 – 12

Size tested: 8-12 servings; barely makes 1 gallon

  • 1 liter of water

  • 1/2 cup (about 1 ounce) dried roselle hibiscus flowers, cut or whole, or 1 cup fresh roselle flowers

  • 6 whole allspices, folded in parchment paper and lightly crushed by tapping with a heavy bottle or knife handle

  • 5 whole cloves

  • 3 green cardamom pods, folded in parchment paper and lightly crushed by tapping with a heavy bottle or the handle of a knife

  • 1/4 teaspoon green cardamom seeds

  • 1 whole star anise, split, or 11 whole fennel seeds

  • A cinnamon stick (1/2 inch)

  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger or 1/4 teaspoon dried ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

  • 1/4 teaspoon whole coriander seeds

  • A pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

  • Fresh raw cane juice, turbinado or agave raw sugar, optional, to taste

  • Sprigs of fresh mint, preferably mojito or fresh basil leaves, preferably African or Thai blue basil, for serving (optional)


In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the water to a vigorous boil. Add hibiscus flowers, allspice, cloves, cardamom pods and seeds, star anise, cinnamon, ginger, peppercorns, coriander and chili flakes. Stir and bring back to a rolling boil for 15 minutes. The liquid will reduce a little.

Remove from the heat, cover and let steep for at least 15 and up to 30 minutes. The longer the drink infuses, the darker and tastier it will become. Mix well and strain the drink through a fine mesh strainer into a 1 gallon pitcher.

While the drink is still hot, add fresh raw cane juice, turbinado raw sugar or agave, if using, to taste, stirring until well blended or dissolved. (The amount of sweetener will vary depending on the type and your taste; start with a little and taste until it’s to your liking.)

Refrigerate until chilled, if served cold, at least 1 hour. Mix well before serving and pour into jars or mason jars filled with ice. Garnish with sprigs of mint, basil or African blue basil, if using. The drink can also be served hot, if you prefer.

Origin of the recipe

From herbalist Sunyatta Amen, owner of Calabash Tea & Tonic in Washington, DC

Tested by Ann Maloney.

Email your questions to the Food Section.

Email your questions to the food section at food@washpost.com.

Private Garden Tours – Butler County Times-Gazette https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/private-garden-tours-butler-county-times-gazette/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 23:52:27 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/private-garden-tours-butler-county-times-gazette/

By Deanna Bonn BCTG

Private gardens will be on display for the first time during the El Dorado Main Street Gardens Tour on Sunday, June 12, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The public is invited to discover four different garden landscapes never before opened to the public. Each garden has a different theme: from waterfalls to the sculpture garden and butterflies to the English cottage garden. Each is an expression of imagination and nature brought together to create an extraordinary experience of beauty, artistry and inspiration.

The event offers an in-depth look at private homeowners’ gardens so plant lovers can discover trees, brush, perennials and annuals that could be grown in their own gardens. Bottles of iced water and toilet blocks will be provided. And in some gardens, live music will be played.

Tickets cost $20.00 and are available in advance at businesses downtown.

The rain date is Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Garden Tour updates can be obtained by following the El Dorado Main Street Facebook page.

Proceeds from the Garden Tour will be used to support El Dorado Main Street and activities such as: Trick or Treat Down Main Street, Thankful Thursdays Downtown, Historic Preservation and Downtown Beautification Projects, and the Veteran Banner Program.