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Eclecticity

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I can hear some of my regular friends groaning already "Blue Hydrangeas?" Why on earth is he showing pictures of this most Maritime, most hackneyed and yet most loved Victorian matron. Just as a talking dog, or horse, merits some interest, a front garden planted thickly with Hydrangea macrophylla in Colorado's steppe climate is of more than passing interest. Ever since the "everblooming" sort was introduced a few years ago, I've seen them here and there around Denver. And I have to admit, I'm impressed with how they're doing.
You can be snobby all you want, but you have to admit this is a bit of a tour-de-force in our semi-arid climate! I wouldn't want to pay their water bill...



And now for a rather dramatic shift: not far from the hydrangeas, a large garden was recently refurbished consisting largely of this wonderful Southwestern tree yucca, Yucca rostrata. Rather different from hydrangeas in effect or culture...


The simple landscape comple…

A reflection on art in the garden.

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Imagine how suprised I was to find a twin of our sculpture (not an identical twin I hasten to add) in Europe.  I suspect if I had asked, I could have found out who was responsible for this interesting "reflection" of the piece at Denver Botanic Garden which I saw this last May: I was intrigued that the two different artists created somewhat similar forms out of a cylindrical shape. With similarly mottled, sleek forms (this one could be cement: I should have examined it closer).


 I find it interesting to see how radically different a piece of work can look in different contexts, or different seasons.

Garden art is somewhat controversial: but there has been figurative art in garden spaces for as long as humanity has created figures. Figurative art has threbled the visitation to D.B.G. over the last decade not only bringing truly remarkable sums of money, but raising the visitbility and status of the Gardens in the community.  Again and again I've been told that new visit…

Memento Mori: home to the botanical

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As we strolled through Lund last Sunday, we walked by the cemetery which was adjacent (as they are wont to be) to the botanical garden where we were not supposed to go (not good enough). It was worth the visit, but this gorgeous piece of art along the way caught my eye, so I photographed it...what a wonderful thing to put on your tombstone!


Thanks to the computer age we live in, I found Monica's obituary on line: here it is (in Swedish)--but the translation (provided by Google) follows below the link:
https://www.sydsvenskan.se/2015-01-24/monica-walberg
Google translation of the Obituary:
1837/5000 Mona was born in Kisa as the youngest daughter of provincial counselor Nils Albert Hennings and his wife Hilde, born in Vienna. She went to school in Linköping and graduated there. With her Tomas, Mona, via Uppsala, came to Lund and graduated in 1966. At the Sydsvenska Gymnastikinstitut (SGI), which was located at Sandgatan 14, she started working in 1967.Mona was a deeply knowledgea…

Tivoli: a few too many snapshots...

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To be honest, I've done this rather ludicrous post for a friend who happens to be doing the horticulture for Denver's Tivoli equivalent. And why not share it with you too? The idea of horticulture at an amusement park isn't everyone's cup of tea: when I shared a few pictures from Tivoli on Facebook, I was met with a little tsunami of...shall we say...dubiousness? I generally find amusement parks in America to be pretty grotesque and crass: two adjectives that I don't think one can fairly apply to Tivoli...but then you be the judge!


OK. There was a little grotesquerie and crassness here and there..



I haven't seen many monuments to clowns, but this has to be the best of class in that department...and the green wall behind is pretty cool..


 I watched a pantomime and a ballet at this pavilion. If you ask nicely, perhaps I'll even post the link so you can see them on my Youtube channel (I'll have to upload them first, however)...


I'm a sucker for Orient…