Thursday, September 23, 2010
It is a memorial site and museum. Solemn, sad, and unfortunately, a necessary reminder. The grounds of the camp itself are mostly barren, the barracks are gone, only their footprints remain -- except for two reconstructed barracks. They're intended to show what living conditions were like at the beginning, when only political prisoners were sent to this work camp -- built for a few thousand. By the end of the war, there were as many as 30,000 there. More than 200,000 went through the camp during its years of operation. Most that died here, died because of the living conditions -- overworked, abused, over crowded, malnourished and starvation and typhus. At the time of liberation the death rate had peaked at 200 per day. This included not only Jews, but Russian soldiers, Catholic clergy, common criminals, political prisoners (which could have been anyone), French, Czechs, Poles and more.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
wine bottle torches here. While in the German town of Rothenberg ob der Tober we spotted this clever use for creating an ever-green vine. Not sure what wine came in these particular bottles. I may have to stop by our nearest liquor store and see what they sell in these shaped bottles (Mateus?). And then acquire a taste for it so I can make lots of empties.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Do they still sell beer balls?
Monday, September 13, 2010
National Buffalo Garden Festival, my friend, and former boss (how many people actually get to say THAT?) Siobhan gave a talk at a symposium held the day before Garden Walk. I showed up at the tail end of her presentation, walking past this plaque on the way in.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Found in the city of Rothenberg ob der Tauber, a beautiful, preserved, medieval, walled city in the heart of Germany. Sunflowers would not be my first choice for a window box, but hey, what the hell, it looks happy & healthy. And it contrasts
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
|Happy plants. Nervous worms.|
Monday, September 6, 2010
|Garden Ranter Susan Harris, who's actually been in Ellie's garden, was |
shown in her Tacoma Park hellstrip of grasses in the same article.
Ellie Dorritie, a retired postal worker in Buffalo, NY, says the full sun exposure in her planting strip allows her to garden with different plants than what she can get away with in her much shadier yard. Her garden scheme? "Cram it in," she says. "I ask, 'Does it bloom? Will it fight for space?' If the answer is yes, it goes in."
To read more about hellstrips/treelawns/boulevards and Ellie, read the article, visit here. The slideshow is here.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
The Darwin Martin House, one of Buffalo's many Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures, is offering up salvaged stones from buried sections of the old foundation, excavated before portions of the house were reconstructed. If you're local (or willing to pay a LOT for shipping costs) the stones make a great addition to your garden -- and they're only $10 a piece -- or three for $20!