30 Photos From New Zealand That Will Turn You Into an Outdoor Person
A compilation of photos around New Zealand that will turn the most avid TV watcher into an outdoor enthusiast.
Plant Crush: Meet The Tree Fern
Tree fern. The name sounds like a bit of a contradiction, as we’re used to thinking of ferns as the lush green plants that fill the understory of our Northwest forests. But in other parts of the world, ferns get big. Really big. Specifically, this happens in Australia, where ferns grow to dinosaur-like proportions. Ent
Garfield Park Conservatory
A few weeks ago I was visiting my children in Illinois and one of the places they took me to was the Garfield Park Conservatory. The bleak winter landscape and surrounding neighborhood is in sharp contrast to the beauty that is inside. In the warmer months, there are twelve acres of stunning outside gardens, but this is what the outside looks like in February. Once inside, the warmth and beauty takes your breath away! I absolutely love visiting conservatories in the winter months. Even…
Kibble Palace at Glasgow Botanical Gardens. This Kibble Crystal Art Palace was dismantled and moved from Coulport on the shores of Loch Long by barge to Glasgow where it was reconstructed in the Botanical Gardens. It opened in 1873 and its interior was lit by 600 gas lamps which could be coloured for effect.
Benmore / Younger Botanic Garden, Argyll, Scotland - The restored Victorian Fernery (III)
This fernery at Benmore Botanic Garden, nestled against the steep contour of the hillside, was built in the 1870s by James Duncan, a wealthy sugar refiner . It is thought that the fernery, being expensive to maintain, started into decline after the change of ownership in 1889. It was restored in 2008/09 to its old glory. As there was little left of the old roof, it was decided to erect a new glazed barrel-vaulted roof constructed with modern materials. The vault over the entrance was…
C19th ferneries, greenhouses & conservatories
It is said that by the late Georgian years, everyone in England was becoming excited about the science of exotic plants: collecting, studying and classifying specimens from all over the world. In time it was ferns that fascinated country home residents and gentlemen botanists. Bicton Park palm house, 1820 The Palm House at Bicton Park in Devon is the earliest glass structure I could find. It dates back to the 1820s and was amazingly constructed using 18,000 panes of glass. 1st Baron Rolle…
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Trees with beautiful blooms - Gardening Site
Trees are permanent features of your garden, so it's best to have trees that bloom periodically with lovely blooms. Here are some recommended trees.
Dicksonia squarrosa - Brown tree fern or Ponga
Dicksonia squarrosa is a hardy New Zealand native tree fern and grows a tall, slender, brown trunk up to approx 6m high. The fronds, reaching 1.5 – 3m in length (much smaller than Cyathea
Hāpuʻu or Hāpuʻu pulu Cibotiaceae (Tree fern family) Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands Oʻahu (Cultivated) Underside of frond showing the glaucus, bluish green or gray, coloring that this tree fern is named for. www.flickr.com/photos/dweickhoff/4767051522/in/photolist-... The pulu, the soft woolly material around the base of the fronds, was used by early Hawaiians for dressing wounds and embalming bodies. Hawaiians, both long ago as well as more recent times, ate the uncoiled fronds (fiddles)…
A Secret Courtyard Garden in Piccadilly, Ancient Tree Ferns Included - Gardenista
A small, dark courtyard with an awkward shape: this is urban gardening for many of us. A new garden in the middle of London's Piccadilly is just such a pla