Sometimes I declare out loud that my first Dutch love was Oudolf. And, of course, he SHOULD be everyone’s secret sharer as he plants his way into the hearts of all those who adore good design and their hometown, Planet Earth. The Dutch never cease to amaze me and I miss them very much but this man is one of their most important national treasures. Here is an article on his latest projects….Alstublieft!
These photographs above are of my home’s brick veneer and I am happy to watch both Hedera Ivy and Fig Ivy (which is NOT an ivy at all!) in a foot race around the property to cover the facade. I adore all things English, and, turning an ordinary suburban home into something ecologically interesting is appealling to me. So, after much research online, I can happily denounce the old adage that Hedera Ivy will ruin your structure. We are living in a major climate shifting time, and, it is appropriate to begin exploring new ways to heat and cool our homes. And, tah dah!! In sashays Ivy. Check out this article from the UK, for instance. Okay, okay…if you don’t trust that propaganda, I won’t lead you astray. Here, here and here are the best sources to read about my favorite new Horticultural discovery. And, even though the UK seems waaaay more interested in these findings than the US, I live in an architecturally historically relevant town and the information might be all the BUZZ here soon enough.
If ever there were a Southern tree, this guy would be in line. And, my oh my, what a messy boy he is, too. This is the loot from just this morning! The genus classification of Sweet Gum is Liquidambar, named for the amber liquid that is resin that oozes from this valuable hardwood tree. And, even though I forget and walk barefoot past his territory in my back yard and shout “ouch!” from the seedpod and watch every Thanksgiving to Christmas as his leaves cover my garden, I still love him.
Now that our Zone 8b temperatures have begun to flirt with below freezing, I have migrated my succulents indoors. And, once again, these babies are hanging out near by my shower so that warm moistures can just brush their way throughout our Winter in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.