Saturday, April 15, 2017

April Bloom Day

We are finally emerging from a long, cold, wet winter. It is still raining quite frequently but we've had a few sunny days this week and it is supposed to get up close to 70 on Sunday. Yippee! It seems that everything is budding out. I can't wait!

Here is what is blooming for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, hosted by May Dreams Gardens.

Corydalis flexuosa 'Purple Leaf'
Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’

Camellia 'Nuccio Bella Rossa'

Doronicum (Leopard's Bane)


Pieris 'Mountain Fire'

Skimmia japonica
Viburnum 'Spring Bouquet'

Allium 'Gladiator'
Rhododendron 'PJM'

 Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Saturday, March 25, 2017

DVD Giveaway

Congratulations to RobinL, who is the winner of the contest!

I recently received a great documentary and want to pass it along. Gardeners will love this! The subjects of "Portrait of a Garden" are a country estate owner in the Netherlands and an 85 year old pruning expert. The film follows them during the course of a year as they work in a vast kitchen garden. They grow every fruit and vegetable you can think of (and some that I had never heard of). Most of their time is spent painstakingly pruning espalied fruit trees. They chat about their methods (which they have been practicing since the days of Louis XIV) and how the world once revered great gardeners while today it is sadly a diminishing art. There is little dialog however (and the language is Dutch with English subtitles). Mostly the camera lingers on nature, resulting in exquisite photography. The beautiful images are accompanied by a mellow score. The whole film is mesmerizing (or it was for me) and I enjoyed it very much.

To enter the contest, just leave a comment to this post and include your e-mail address so that I can contact you if you are the winner. The deadline for entering is midnight, April 9. I will use a random number generator to select a winner.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy