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- Plants and Flowers for Your Garden, Listed by their Common Names
- Biodiversity Heritage Library
- Bush Roses Varieties
- A local version of The Love The Garden website exists
- Top 10 Evergreen Shrubs
- What Are the Different Types of Shrub Roses?
- John Stokes and Mary's Gardens
You know: of heirlooms. John Forti is a garden historian and heirloom specialist and ethnobotanist, and a longtime leader in the slow-foods movement.
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Because I misinterpreted it at first [laughter] , as I said in the introduction. John Forti: Sure. I try to make it a lifestyle page that helps people really consider ways to integrate gardening as a craft into their lives.
Well, I would just say heirloom plants are typically things that have been handed down through several generations. And I think the food movements really helped all of us remember what real flavor can be like, and what gardening so that something achieves full ripeness, and in our backyard, can taste like. So I try to bring that essence into all of the essays in this book. Margaret: Right. John : Yeah. But as gardeners know, the biggest pleasure is often in the process. I might not grow older and more wiser as a tech guy, but we all grow older and wiser in our gardens.
And every year we learn more about our craft. Oh my goodness. I mean…. John: Right. You know, I think of each one of our landscapes as an inheritance. When we have things like old plants that tell a story of who lived there before us, or a stone wall where you can see the craftsmanship that went into it, or the seeds that have been saved through the generations, they almost call to us to learn the skills to rebuild the wall well, or to go through that seasonal process, that ritual of harvesting the first rhubarb and making wonderful things with it each year.
Because to me, the past is an inspiration in many ways, but we also have to blend this preservation movement with a fresh look at sustainability in the modern world. And to me, they dovetail beautifully. Because there is a lot that was known in the past, when we were more keenly attuned to the seasons and the soil. But we also made lots of mistakes. So the book is a blend of borrowing from best practices in the past, but taking the best of them joyfully into our backyards and our future.
As I said earlier, as I have been doing, we can kind of dip in. Lots of topics. You spoke to this a little bit before when you were talking about all our patented, our damn patented seeds, and how our food—the genetics of our food sources—have become intellectual property and all that. So speak to the biodiversity a little bit. Every community had an apple they were famous for, or a green that over-wintered beautifully.
People have been saving seeds for eons that are better adapted to their backyard than anything else could be. So the birds that were always there in the yard, but have been disappearing.
Or the fireflies. Or the pollinators. Margaret: Yeah. And I always want a synonym. But is yard a synonym for a garden? John: To me, a yard is a living space. And I think for, especially in the last century, we elevated garden above yard. But historically our yard, whether it was the orch-yard or the herb yard, or the bee yard, or the stable yard, farmyard, barnyard.
And you know, where I live I think people have this habit of using yard interchangeably. We curate a space really, with sun, and soil, and productivity, and recreation in mind. Margaret: I love that, the idea of personal habitat or homestead. A homestead can be wherever you are. I love that idea of looking outside, and going outside, and engaging with it, and feeling like this is my homestead. John: I feel like gardeners have always loved the idea of finding usefulness in the plants they grow.
When you realize that you can eat the hostons [the rolled-up emerging leaves] on your hosta.But from some of my earliest museum work, where we found seeds of white carrots stitched up in brown paper in the walls of houses, it tells us stories of the past.
And for some of the earliest colonists in America, it was a white carrot that was brought. So to me, they are a great plant to tell us about our heritage and remind us that we all carry parts and pieces of our past in the seeds that we grow and cultivate.
But I chose to write about it, partly a little tongue-in-cheek for some fun, but also I love the flowers. I press them to put on cards and hang in windows. They look like falling snowflakes. And to me, anything that can bring a great reminder of summer into winter here where I live is a wonderful boon [laughter].
And yarrow, another familiar creature—most people who have ever gardened would know what yarrow is. And you start that essay by saying that plants are storytellers. What is the story that Achillea millefolium , the yarrow [below], tells us? Because that yarrow plant is so something that to me takes over my lawn in some areas, happily. But it was probably one of the first plants that ever impressed upon me that the natural world had some amazing allies in it for me.
But also the lore that comes down through the centuries is one of the first things that drew me into this field as a garden historian and a horticulturist, because blending that history with science to me is a wonderful way for us to look at moving into the future.
I think interdisciplinary learning has become maybe our best model. When I first started working in museums, a lot of people worked there in isolation. A lot of teachers and professors knew what they knew. But today I look at the strength in education as people coming together and blending all of these various ways of looking at things. And yarrow is just a great example of that. So I go into more detail in the book about that one in particular. Margaret: Yes. And you confess in the book that you carry a chestnut in your pocket, I understand, since maybe you were in your twenties or something.
Is this a true thing? Is there a chestnut in your pocket, John [laughter]? But yes, I was given that by an old man, who I knew when I was the horticulturalist at Plimoth Plantation. And he was an amazing piece of history himself. His father was the last herbal apothecary in town, and then he went on to study chemistry and the science of medicine. But to me, it brought to life this whole other world.
You know, he taught about times when chestnuts made up as much as 70 percent of the deciduous woodlands in America. And it was just something that was disappeared before I was born, largely. But I remembered at the same time, my grandfather every Christmas cutting crosses into the tops of them so he could roast them without them exploding.
And I always had a fond place in my heart for them. So when I started in my professional career, I started working with different chestnut preservation organizations to reintroduce disease-resistant chestnuts. So at Plimoth Plantation, I planted them in multiple places. And probably my favorite career moment was actually going back to Plimoth Plantation to do a talk. And they were harvesting bushels of chestnuts from those trees.
It provided food for so much of the wildlife that supports us. And in a local foods movement way, it also provides an important source of protein.
Are some of them your things particularly? You know, we each have as gardeners… [laughter]. You said, beans. You know what I mean—are there things that are your things? John : Well, I would say absolutely. We should all be growing what we love, and what means the most to us.
But for me, I would say in every landscape, I think of the base layer in that palette as being native plants, so I write and I say about indigenous plants and their place in this. But then I write about heirlooms that are a particular cultural significance for me because of where I live, or because of my own ancestry. I also lived in Japan as an exchange student when I was younger. And again, I think we can be far more diverse in our thinking then to just say, you must plant native, you must plant heirloom.
I love heirloom vegetables of all types, not just the poster children like cabbage and kale and tomatoes. But really funky, interesting heirlooms that to me, it just becomes a pleasure to be a part of the process of starting with a seed that I knew, and planting it, and eating it, and saving the next generations.
So I try to get the most interesting, funky heirlooms that I can possibly grow and keep trying new things. Last weekend, I was harvesting celeriac [laughter]. Some posts go out to millions of people—every week posts go out to millions of people.
Plants and Flowers for Your Garden, Listed by their Common Names
A note on "safe" plants : The plants on this list are generally believed to be safe. However, if you suspect that a child or adult has eaten quantities of any of these plants or any of their parts , or if you notice symptoms such as illness or dermatitis after handling these plants, call your Poison Control Center for additional information:It is assumed that the plants listed here are not being used as teas, herbs, or medicines. Safe and Poisonous Garden Plants. University of California. Print X. Safe plants: Common name Scientific name Abutilon Abutilon spp.
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Biodiversity Heritage Library
Gardening Help Search. Best grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Must have good soil drainage. Consider raised plantings in poorly-drained heavy clay soils such as those present in much of the St. Louis area. Perhaps best in full sun in northern climates, but appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates. May not be reliably winter hardy in the northern parts of USDA Zone 5 where it should be planted in a protected location. Hard to transplant because of its sparsely fibrous root system, and is best left undisturbed once planted in the landscape. Franklinia alatamaha , commonly called Franklin tree, typically grows as a single-trunk tree with a rounded crown or as a multi-stemmed shrub. Each flower sports a boss of egg-yolk yellow center stamens.
Bush Roses Varieties
Plants are good for us. They make our homes and gardens look beautiful, they give us a sense of purpose and they can bring nature into urban environments. However, did you know that some studies have shown that plants can be beneficial for both physical and mental health? This fleshy succulent is a popular choice of house plant due to being relatively low maintenance.
Roses allow you to express yourself in the garden in so many ways. While roses have a traditional feel, they are actually very versatile and can add the perfect touch to whatever feeling you are hoping to evoke in your garden.
A local version of The Love The Garden website exists
Roses are one of the most varied flowering plants out there. There are over a hundred species, and thousands of hybrids and cultivars. They come in an endless range of colors, shapes, and sizes, from ones with tiny blossoms that have just a few petals to massive blooms with over a hundred petals each. In other words, this is one eclectic collection of plants. We link to vendors to help you find relevant products. If you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission.
Top 10 Evergreen Shrubs
At some point every year I'm inspired to make a big decision about my garden. Often in spring or fall. This year, I decided that the back of my garage needs something to cover the dirty siding — something to climb on it and create a tapestry of green, dotted with colourful blooms. Having never grown climbers, I decided to reach out to a couple of experts to ask them how to choose the right one for the job. Jon Peter: A vine is any plant featuring long stems with trailing, horizontal or climbing growth habits. Categorically, there is not much difference between a vine and a climber, although all vines don't necessarily climb and even some climbers can take on other forms shrub form for example if there is no support for them to climb on. Herbaceous vines can be perennial ie. JP: Vine species have evolved to spread and climb to gain a competitive advantage.
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What Are the Different Types of Shrub Roses?
Roses offer enormous pleasure with flowers and fragrance for many months of the year. They have proven themselves to be drought tolerant and exceptionally hardy. They are so tough that even pruning is straight forward these days.
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One of the most popular grevilleas, Grevillea 'Long John' is a beautiful shrub grown for its dazzling flowers and evergreen foliage of small, pointed leaves. Large clusters of coral flowers are produced freely and are borne at the end of the upright branches over much of the year. They supply birds and hummingbirds with a copious supply of nectar. The flowers make excellent cut flowers. Not sure which Grevillea to pick?
Garden roses are predominantly hybrid roses that are grown as ornamental plants in private or public gardens. They are one of the most popular and widely cultivated groups of flowering plants, especially in temperate climates.
Bell's contributions to the knowledge of old roses, especially the class known as Noisettes, was critical to our preservation of these plants today. Detailing her own research and experiences in her Pennsylvania garden, she wrote countless articles on old roses for national and international societies such as the Heritage Roses Group, the American Rose Society and the Royal National Rose Society. Bell was mentor to many prominent experts in the field, including Dr.