June 26, 2013

My strongest organic pumpkin seed

You are supposed to grow from top, stupid! Not from the side!
This not obedient seedling comes from organic seed of magnificent heirloom French pumpkin Galeuse d'Eysines, which is dated to 1883. I still have some of them to swap.
If you are interested, let me know what would you like to swap :) 

June 9, 2013

15 Photos of the Modern City Garden in Warsaw

I always love to return to this beautiful modern city garden and see what's new ideas appeared. The owners Danusia & Tomek don't stop in achieving the best results.
Well maintained city garden is a magnificent retreat from long working hours.
Main theme - acidic soil loving plants. Tall spruces grow here long enough to make the soil acidic, thus perfect for rhodies, azaleas, hydrangeas. 
I was showing this garden already 5 years ago, so jump here to see the difference and how it has improved.

This dry and hot part of the garden is planted charmingly with miscanthus and late tulips. Doesn't it make great spring combo? It complements perfectly rusty modern garage, which is on the right side. 

Cramming different kind of plants here wouldn't make the same effect.  There was wisteria growing here before - I admit it was good decision to replace it with this charming composition.
I wonder how it looks in the summer while miscanthus gets bigger. 

See the rusty garage in the backround? Miscanthus/tulip combo is on the left side, at the gray wall.

June 3, 2013

15 photos of garden of Italy - Giardino Giusti in Verona

Italian Giusti family, owners of the palace of the sixteenth century, was given permission from the Emperor of Austria-Hungary to change their original family name to "Giusti del Giardino" due to the importance of gardens.

Palace and Garden Giusti (Palazzo e Giardino Giusti) are located in the eastern part of Verona, a short distance from Piazza Isolo and close to the city center. When you are in the old city of Verona, the gardens are located about 20 minutes walk from Juliet's balcony, are almost right across the bridge. Worth a look, even if you are not really fond of formal gardens, because I admit that monumental avenue lined up with cypresses held my breath.

I share 15 photos today - as you can imagine, these are not all what I took there ...

The garden is considered one of the finest examples of Italian gardens.

Palace is a neoclassical building, built in the sixteenth century. Gardens were founded during the Italian Renaissance in 1580 and are considered some of the most beautiful gardens of the Renaissance in Europe. They include tapestry garden and a maze and a beautiful garden on a slope, where you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Verona.
At first in XVI century only two squares  of tapestry gardens were designed on the right and left side of the cypress-lined avenue. A few years later they added another part with flowers, which is known from the old maps of Verona, located in the State Archives.

The present shape was given garden in the early twentieth century, and the maze was reconstructed after 1945.