Tulips in the sunshine at Stanley Park, Calgary.
I hope you have an amazing weekend! What is on your to-do list?
Hoodoos – Tunnel Mountain – Banff. Photo taken 17 May 2013.
Here’s another pic from my (one-day-in-the-nebulous-future-to-be-defunct) blog There is a Light. I did some research on the origins of the word “hoodoo” and got snarled up in a linguistic nightmare – let’s just say the word may or may not be a version of “voodoo,” probably referring to the weird shapes of the spires.
I do love the French names for them, however: Demoiselles coiffées (“Ladies with hairdos”) and Cheminées de fées (“Fairy chimneys”) – so imaginative and beautifully descriptive! And apparently in Blackfoot and Cree traditions, hoodoos were thought to be petrified stone giants that animated in the dark of night to hurl rocks down at unsuspecting passers-by.
Drum roll please….
The winner of a copy of Shawna Coronado‘s new book Grow a Living Wall is Boomdee! Congratulations! Boomdee, please let me know your mailing address (you can e-mail me directly using the form on my ‘Contact’ page) and I will get the book out to you this week! I hope you enjoy it!
Thank you to everyone for participating in the giveaway – it was so great to read all of your comments and ideas for living walls. (And thank you once again to the publishers – Cool Springs Press/Quarto Publishing Group USA, Quayside Publishing Group – for the books!).
Have a wonderful week!
A tropical-themed living wall in Calgary’s Devonian Gardens
One of the plants my hubby and I found in abundance on our recent walk in Strathcona Ravine was cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum, syn. H. lanatum, H. linatum – sometimes called H. sphondylium subsp. monatum). It’s a common wild flower in Alberta, usually found in any location with damp soil. I find them endlessly fascinating, with their huge leaves, hollow stems, and impressive white flower umbels…but many people know them only because they are frequently confused with their highly toxic relative, giant hogweed (H. mantegazzianum, sometimes mistakenly called H. maximum), which – as far as I understand – is not yet found in this province.
Interesting Facts about Cow Parsnip
Does cow parsnip grow where you live?
Emerging green in Strathcona Ravine, in southwest Calgary. A small (23 hectares) park in the middle of a residential area, the Ravine has its own springs (which you can wander alongside using a convenient boardwalk) and sections of restful, dense forest. Because of the shade and damp conditions, much of the growth consists of chokecherries, currants, willows, poplars, and cow parsnip. I imagine it is really cool and refreshing to walk here on a hot summer afternoon….
This week in my garden: one little clump of my brand spanking new late tulips (Tulipa tarda) bloomed! (The other clump was first dug into by squirrels, then chewed on by jackrabbits – at least no one went hungry. Sure happy I could provide). This is my first time growing these and they’re such a delight.
Do you grow tulips? What are your favourite cultivars, colours, etc.? Please feel free to link up to any blog post you’ve written about them – I know I’ve seen some pretty spectacular tulip photos on some blogs recently! Do share!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend! What are your plans, gardening or otherwise?
Shawna Coronado – Grow a Living Wall (2015, Cool Springs Press/Quarto Publishing Group USA, Quayside Publishing Group)
According to the book’s subtitle, Shawna Coronado’s Grow a Living Wall focuses on “vertical gardens with purpose” – and, boy, does it ever, with imaginative style and flair. Featuring twenty themed designs, including walls for bees and other pollinators, veggies and herbs, and aromatherapy, I was instantly taken with the sumptuous photography and the creativity of the ideas. There is a vertical garden here for every size and space: fabric pocket gardens, mini gardens for instant curb appeal, and moss and fern arrangements for shady spots. There are gardens made from old pallets and sparkling glass mason jars – and my personal favourite, a repurposed bookcase mounted on a fence (I do work at a library, after all!). :) You’ll find a therapeutic herb garden, a mixologist’s dream garden, one with houseplants for the indoor office, and several plans ideal for the patio or deck or a glamourous outdoor room. Coronado does a fantastic job of offering clear, easy to follow, step-by-step building instructions, recipes for plant selection and complete care and maintenance tips. If you have a small space or just want to grow “up,” you’ll love the designs and ideas in Grow a Living Wall.
(The publisher generously provided copies of Grow a Living Wall for me to review, but I was not compensated for my opinion).
I have one extra copy of Shawna Coronado’s Grow a Living Wall to give away! If you’re interested, please leave me a comment below – you can tell me what type of living wall you’d like to create (or have created!) in your garden, or just drop me a “count me in,” or “yes,” for your chance to win. Contest closes at midnight, MST, on Friday, May 15, 2015. (And yes, it is open to everyone!). I will announce the winner on Monday, May 18, 2015.