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Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2007 by ena

You can now find this blog at;

www.gothicandvictoriangardening.com

I will look forward to your visit.!

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The Victorian Style.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2007 by ena

1victorian_urns.jpgThe Victorian style provided for  a garden of seclusion
and natural beauty, a created
segment of nature.

A good Victorian garden  would have a luxurious
lawn and in addition, flower beds,trees and shrubs.

Shrubbery and flowering plants came into vogue in the
Victorian garden as people began to recognize the
 beauty and wonder of nature  and wanted
 a closer union with it.

The terrace walk was incorporated into the more
 intimate house gardens.
The walk was generally  a paved area between house
and the garden beyond.

 ccd-vic-birds23.jpgThe Victorians had started to enjoy nature, it is true, and
they wanted a closer contact with plants
 but they still wanted some remnant
 of separation between themselves and the
 unknown, and the terrace provided
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Posted in Uncategorized on November 13, 2007 by ena

Dark Vegetables For Your Gothic Garden.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 25, 2007 by ena

Do you have dark vegetables in your garden? Or is your garden
a little on the tame side?

If you would like to scare the neighbors try some of these in your Gothic garden.

Tomatoes that are black!  ‘ Black Krim”Black Prince”Southern Nights’, they are
really a very dark red, but I like them and they taste great!
They are also quite a showstopper in the garden.   They are from Russia.
I believe that the reason they are so dark  ,is  they retain the green
pigment even as they develop their ripe red color, hence the hint of black.tomato.jpg

There are also other vegetables with a dark side, take the lettuce for
 example;
There is a hybrid’ Iris’ that looks almost black, and then there is
an Oriental green called ” Tatsoi”, with black-green leaves.

I did read that red tinted lettuce is the most nutritious.

How about bell peppers?  
Try ‘Purple Beauty’  and “the ornamental pepper called ‘Black Prince’,peppers.jpg
this one is a bit spicier in flavor, but it has lovely black-purple foliage.

In the herb garden there is a delicious variety of basil called’ Dark Opal’
Its leaves are purple and it is delicious in salads or soups.

In the ‘olden days’ many supposed to be witches, put many interesting
ingredients in their soup, such as;

‘eye of newt’  or ‘bats ears’ , these names were given to medicinal herbs.
The Witches would use these herbs in concotions that would supposedly
heal anyone of their diseases and afflictions.
It seems strange that in this day and age, many scientists are researching
the same herbs and plants to verify their validity in todays medicines.

meet you on the dark side!


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More Gothic Plants For Your Garden.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2007 by ena

 cosmos-black-swallowtail.jpgCosmos have a wonderful burgundy-black flower that is a great plant for the Gothic garden. It has a slichocolate-cosmos.jpgght chocolate scent so  it can be used in a fragrant garden ( not for eating!.) It is a  wonderful plant and although an annual, it does self-seed.  You may also like to try another Gothic type plant, the  sunflower. They are an easy growing plant and they come in many deep reddish colors , all with dark centers.
Although we are used to daylilies in lovely bright colors, they also come in dark colors such as;
Smoking gun
Midnight Magic
Night wings
Cairo Night
Dominic

 I just love ” Buddleias” in all colors , but for my Gothic garden I chose ” Black Night” with it’s blue black flowers, and this plant attracts Butterflys, with it’s lovely fragrance.
There are also ornamental plants that have a sinister appeal, Black Mondo grass is another favorite for the garden , it gives quite a dramatic effect, Nigrescnes is not actually a grass, it has purple-black leaves and small pink flowers, which are followed by glossy black berries.

 The Ornamental Sweet Potato has a lovely cultivar called “Blackie” , this Gothic plant, has black leaves and stems. I use it extensively in my hanging baskets and containers, or you may use it on a trellis or garden arbor. You can sit under your arbor and enjoy the lovely leaves that cascade down, from this plant.

 The last plant, but not the least, is Carpet Bugle. It has a  variety called “Royalty” which has midnight purple leaves and can be used as a ground cover.

It is hardy enough for the dead to walk on it!!

‘meet you on the dark side.

Gothic Gardening Roses.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2007 by ena

rose-balck-baccara.jpg In the world of those experts in rose gardening, there is
 really no such thing as a ” Black Rose”

 The closest one can really come is to this rose.
‘The Rose Black Baccara ‘or ‘Taboo.’

 Other dark roses are;

Ink Spots
Ingrid Bergman
Oklahama
Black Jade
Tuscany
The Squire
Deep Secret
Kentucky Derby
Onyx
Black Tea

If you would like to grow other Gothic plants then try
some of these;

The Black hollyhock( Althea nigra) known as “the Watchman” it can
be quite spectacular in the garden, and many people do not
know that it has been around for quite some time, in fact
this plant was one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites!

Snapdragons have a cultivar known as the ‘Black Prince’, the
blooms here are a rich dark velvety crimson, they are
very striking in the Gothic garden.

You can’t leave out the statuesque Canna lily called
‘Black Night” it has not only deep red blooms, but
burgundy foliage.
This is a must for the ‘Gothic garden’

Gladiolus have several varieties that are dark,black- red
rather than true black. These are;

Morocco
Black Stalliontyrone-power-blck-rose.jpg
Black Swan
Betwiched

Does anyone remember ” Tyrone Power”
in the ‘Black Rose?’.

meet you on the dark side!

garden with themes.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2007 by ena

Black Cat  Themed gardening is one of the most often
  requested  by people that I
  design gardens for.

 Gardens with a theme take on the
 personality of the owners of the
property, and they have such fun
deciding what theme they want
that fits their life style.
When you think of the fall, you think
of pumpkins, lanterns, ghosts
and goblins , and your garden?

I have had some homeowners, who have
really taken this season to heart,
and have designed their gardens with
orange and very dark plants.

Some very keen sports fans, want their gardens
to flourish in the colors of their team
( not always easy to do! ).

I have just started using the gothic theme
in my garden, it is very different and 
challenging, but what else is gardening all about?

No more pastels, pinks and yellows etc,
now I am using black and the closest
that I can get to that color,
in today’s plants.

I also use dark red flowers and foliage plants
and vegetables that speak to the darker
side of simple gardening.

Who said Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde were only in fiction?