Desert wildflowers - video entertainment

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Tim Ingram
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Joined: 2011-04-27

I don't really live in a desert in North Kent(!) but I have tried growing quite a few of the plants in the video. Stanleya grew and flowered for me but went down with a serious attack of flea beetles, which love brassicas. Sphaeralceas and penstemons have come and gone and probably need an open glass covered area to intensify the summer and dry the winter (I have seriously thought of this because when running the nursery stock plants of things like Convolvulus cneorum grew beautifully in the greenhouse, where they generally struggled outside; as an aside this does grow well high up in a wall at Sissinghurst, so wants complete starvation).

The video is really entertaining; I am so used to seeing slides or digital images of plants on the web or at talks, that one doesn't get the full sense of them in their habitat, which is so evocative. I don't know about the States but there is a dearth of sensible television programmes on plants in the UK, even with our fantastic tradition of fine Natural History programming. Even such a simple video shows what people are missing! I hope to learn a lot more about the wonderful flora of the Rockies and California via the forum.

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

Mark McD
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-12-14

Tim wrote:

The video is really entertaining; I am so used to seeing slides or digital images of plants on the web or at talks, that one doesn't get the full sense of them in their habitat, which is so evocative. I don't know about the States but there is a dearth of sensible television programmes on plants in the UK, even with our fantastic tradition of fine Natural History programming. Even such a simple video shows what people are missing! I hope to learn a lot more about the wonderful flora of the Rockies and California via the forum.

Increasingly there can be found some good videos taken on wildflowers on mountain hikes and such; wish there were more of them.  There is something about seeing the blooms bobbing about in the wind, in a wild unscripted habitat, that connects with rock gardeners reverence for nature and plants.  I want to learn how to do this; my new droid 4G class touch phone has a 8 megapixel camera, and video capability, I just need to know how to edit and downsize videos to be suitable for web viewing.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

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