Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fall house colors

Walking by this house in my neighborhood, I was struck by how well the colors of the house work with the fall color scheme. And what a great porch they have -- all the way down to the disguised "gate" at the top of the stairs. I'm not sure of its purpose, but it is a unique feature. Don't know if the colors were planned, but it works well in the fall. I'd like to build a front porch onto my house eventually (it's a concrete slab with steps currently), so I'm always looking at other porches to learn from them. Here's some others with nice features & colors.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Princess Diana Memorial, Hyde Park, London

Not much on plants, but it’s a cool water feature. Water enters at its highest point and travels down steps, rocks gently, picks up momentum with jets, babbles a bit, air bubbles are introduced, goes over waterfalls, swirls, slides under bridges, flows over carved stone, sluices through channels wide and narrow. Ends in a small reflecting pool. Tumultuous & serene, rocky & elegant, free-flowing & constricted, reserved & splashy. A tasteful and subtle reminder.
Favorite thing: It stands out from all the other memorials, considering how ornate and over -the-top memorials in England are. Hard to photograph in total though.


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This is a "gently used" post from my old blog for in another blog software originally posted in December 2007. Slowly I'm posting past posts here. Sorry if you read this before.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Random Act of Gardening

My wife took this photo last week. In the middle of the busy Zurich, Switzerland airport tarmac, surrounded by all this concrete, scorching sun and exhaust fumes, is a tower of red flowers. It is there seemingly to dress up the airport round-about for maintenance vehicles, fuel trucks, baggage handling carts and catering services. It looks more like a lonely Cousin It.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

When you die, you CAN take your garden with you

While in the German city of Augsberg, we passed by this graveyard (no, we weren't whistling). At first it looked like there were flowers and plants around the graves - but it turned out to be full-scale landscaping, with foundation plants, perennials and annuals! Every plot in the cemetery had these great little landscaped "plots." Each one was different.

I can only assume that surviving family members keep up with the plantings - because they have clipped hedges, thriving annuals, clean beds, most were weeded. I don't want to think about what fertalizes them.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Lake Königssee moss forest

I promise this'll be my last Germany post for a while! But while it's still fresh in my mind, I wanted to share this too. It's my first visit to a large-scale moss forest. I've been in forests hiking before and seen areas caked with moss, but never as far as the eye can see.

This was on Lake Königssee, a pristine lake in the Alps in the most southeastern part of Bavaria in the Berchtesgaden park area of Germany. The nearest large city is Salzberg, Austria, only a 20-minute ride north from here.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Garden playsets 3

In the Puppen und Spielzeug Museum (The Puppet & Doll Museum) in Rothenberg ob der Tauber, they did have more conventional dollhouses that were very elaborate. The doll houses on display were obviously built by craftspeople and furnished with every conceivable household item, sometimes chandeliers WERE crystal, fabrics were created for them (judging from the fabric patterns, reproduced in a small scale). These were apparently built for people with money. And because of that, the houses had expensive-looking gardens.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Gardening playsets 2, in 2D

Back before 3D was popular, and the world was considered flat, the Germans played with toys in 2D, as shown by these flat, but yet detailed, toys. They were made of some sort of metal and were painted quite expertly. These were all in the Puppen und Spielzeug Museum (The Puppet & Doll Museum) in Rothenberg ob der Tauber.

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