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And now for something entirely different.

Submitted by Toole on Sun, 12/16/2012 - 00:38

Took the opportunity to visit the 'stumpery' for the first time yesterday ,while visiting our local park ,(Queens Park).

At a distance the site looked like the after effects of a logging operation however as i got closer i started to appreciate the skilled sculptural work especially the use of the smaller stumps with roots for the crowning of numerous poles.
The first pic gives background information on the display.

Although the structures look flimsy they are well tied down ,drilled,bolted and secure.

Cheers Dave.

General garden fertilizer question

Submitted by externmed on Thu, 12/13/2012 - 11:22

A spring bulb catalog suggests fall fertilizer for Narcissus-- as well as 2 spring applications.
I never thought about fertilizing spring blooming bulbs in the fall, but would like to have them as vigorous as possible.
Is there evedence that fall fertilizer is beneficial, and for what plants?
Thanks for any thoughts.
Charles Swanson Massachusetts USA

Washington State native seed source

Submitted by fringe on Sat, 10/27/2012 - 16:09

Hi-- I am a NARGS member for ten years but new to post. I live in Seattle, Washington, and did seed collections of different native species from around the state including some of interest to fellow rock gardeners like Campanula piperi, Douglasia, Erythronium, Lewisia tweedyi, Petrophytum cinerascens, etc . I decided to make extra seed available through an online seed store, if any are interested [use link ].

Juvenile and Adult Phases in Plants

Submitted by RickR on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 10:07

An interesting subject, to me, and easily observed in many plants. For others, it is more difficult to determine. I used to think that the transition from juvenile to adult growth was fairly abrupt, happening within a year or two. But that is not necessarily so. Woody plants often take many years for the transitional phase to "complete", and in fact some never complete. The good majority of perennials, and certainly annuals, change faster and earlier.

Indoor Gardens

Submitted by cohan on Tue, 08/14/2012 - 18:48

I know some gardeners look forward to a break from garden work in the off season, but many of us like to keep the plant life going indoors! For me, for many years, indoors was my only gardening, when I lived in cities, mostly without so much as a balcony. Even now, with a lot of outdoor space, there is no way I could be satisfied with the few short months that plants are actively growing outdoors here, much less abandon my long developed and developing interests in particular groups of sub/tropical plants...

News from Kentucky

Submitted by Booker on Sat, 08/04/2012 - 12:23

It is my great pleasure to inform all his friends in the alpine world that Alan Grainger (formerly of Manchester, England and now resident in Kentucky, USA) has been awarded the status of Colonel for his services to employment issues in this beautiful State.