Monday, September 24, 2012

The Munich Botanic Rock Garden

I've written on my last post about Munich Botanic garden  that the day was rainy and cool, but the weather couldn't stop me to continue my visit in the garden.

Rock gardens are a combination of stones and living plants in the form of a miniature mountain landscape. 

They became known as alpine slides and are used in landscape design because of its originality.

In Munich Botanic Garden the Rocky garden creators perfectly knew that not all plants are suitable for the planting on the alpine hills, some plants can grow in a lush bush that will cover half of the artistically arranged stones, another plants may not be adapted to the growth on even a small hill. They have known how to lay stones, on what basis, apart from the simple laying of stones and planting.

They are great to put these laws of a Rock garden creation to life.

The gardeners have made a beautiful composition, including the stones paved paths, so as not to disturb the plants of rockeries.


I’ve read that to build a Rock garden it's necessary to pick up stones preferably the same color, the same breed.


You can use granite, limestone, sandstone. Stones can be round or irregular shape, different sizes, to avoid the monotony. Stones should be placed parallel to the surface.

In Munich Rock garden the authors planted mainly perennials, dwarf and only occasionally, tall plants. I think they have considered as the plants grow, and founders need to plant them so that the free space left over.

In the selection they took into account the timing of flowering plants, to obtain a continuous bloom and berries in all seasons. I had very lovely time strolling in the Munich Botanic garden.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Beauty of Botanic Garden

It was a cloudy and rainy Autumn day. Despite of this the Munich Botanic Garden  made ​​me an excellent impression. The Garden is located next to the Nymphenburg Palace, not far from the city center. During my visit the sun appeared from behind the clouds to take better pictures.

Gardeners' work was felt in all corners of the garden: in the care of ornamental shrubs,

in the exhibition of dahlias and Cannes, in the Stone Garden and of course in the garden greenhouses. The Dahlia show was fantastic: many different varieties and colors, shapes and heights.

I grow Cannes in my garden too, but I thought they need a lot of water to grow. Therefore I grow my Cannes in the containers lowered into the pond. In the Munich Botanic Garden Cannes were planted in the soil. I decided to plant them  into the soil  too without a container, next spring.

I liked the color combinations of plants, herbs, flowers and red leaved shrubs.

The Munich Botanic Garden is the place where you can learn a garden landscape, how to combine plants and how to care them. Or just sit and enjoy the beauty of the garden.

Here is my video 'Dahlias and Canna in Munich Botanic Garden':


Saturday, September 8, 2012

September blooming

The September blooming continues summer. 

The days are shorter, nights are colder, and the night temperature dropped to +9 C. 
But many of my garden flowers are not afraid of cold nights, heated in the afternoon sun or stand in heavy rain. 
In May I sowed the seeds of Gaylardia  and now in September,  the young flowers are blooming, under the rare sun.
Begonias make me happy.
They grew up in a container and beautifully bloom in autumn.
The crown anemones also continue to blossom.

At the end of the month I'll dig their bulbs and they will be dried to save them until spring.

Hydrangea Grandiflora, floribunda "Anadia", roses  Pink Grottendorst continue to bloom and I wonder how they can bear such cold nights, enjoying the sun in the afternoon.
Golden and red trees
Nod to the soft breeze,
As it whispers, "Winter is near;"
And the brown nuts fall
At the wind's loud call,
For this is the Fall of the year.

Good-by, sweet flowers!
Through bright Summer hours
You have filled our hearts with cheer 
We shall miss you so,
And yet you must go,
For this is the Fall of the year.

 Now the days grow cold,
As the year grows old,
And the meadows are brown and   sere;   
Brave robin redbreast
Has gone from his nest,
                                                                                                       For this is the Fall of the year.

 A 'Fall Song'   by Ellen Robena Field




Monday, September 3, 2012

Conifers Delight the Eye

    Evergreen conifers delight the eye in any season, they are especially great among the snow in the winter when there is no greenery in the garden.
Thuja is the most unpretentious of conifers. It grows well on sunny places, fits perfectly in any garden landscape. This one was the first Thuja in my garden. I planted it in front of the pond and Thuja loved  this place. Now it's taller than me. 

The next year two other Thujas were planted on the other side of the pond.
I have some spherical Thujas. One of them is "Danica'. Its height is 0.6 m, the spherical diameter of crown is 1 m, the needles are scaly, thick, green, soft, shiny. 
The others are 'Golden globe' with yellow needles, have a slower growth, but the form is clearly rounded. This variety was bred by F. Grotendorstom.
Pine is an undemanding plant, grows well with any other plants. Interesting experiments can be done with the cutting of their crown. The results may be stunningly unexpected. I wanted to form "Niwaki" ("bonsai") from my young pines.
Cypress  (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera nana’)  grows slowly and is beautiful, hardy to frost. It's a tight bush, its spherical crown is 90 - 50 cm wide.  The branches are strand-like, spreading in all directions. The needles are dark green, scaly. There are two Cypresses in my garden, grown near the roses.
My Juniper ('Juniperus sabina') is young, but hardy, bravely stands under snow and frosts.

   The Fir (Abies procea 'Glauca') is my last purchase. I wanted to buy a Fir, but have not seen such a beautiful like this. If you look closely you can see small red cones those are starting to grow among its soft needles.

Conifers have a wonderful feature: they bring an effect of refined perfection and comfort into the garden landscape.