il giardiniere che si rispetti .84

Oggi e' stata la volta dei paletti segnavia che ormai non segnavano piu' alcuna via. 100 paletti di legno tolti cosi' che il giardino puo' cominciare. E' nel suo momento "t con 0" dal quale Calvino faceva partire la storia del mondo. Felice quindi di fare partire la storia di un giardino boschivo, felice anche di avere incontrato di nuovo la signora di ieri che, questa volta, mi ha detto di trovarmi un aiuto: "... devi portarti la tua ragazza"... forse non sa che le ragazze per bene entrano nei giardini, ma non nei giardini boschivi, cosi' anziche' spiegarle le ho detto che un giardiniere che si rispetti lavora da solo. Era contenta lo stesso e ci siamo salutati. Le signore di sessant'anni sono sempre simpatiche. Anche i due signori che stanno aiutando il parroco a fare il presepe sono venuti li' da me e mi hanno detto che devo fare un bel lavoro altrimenti "... ti diamo 0"... forse e' lo stesso 0 del tempo t? Ma poi quando ho chiesto se la chiesa offrisse te' e biscotti, mi hanno risposto di no e che: "Pero' puoi mangiare i cappellacci di zucca+secondo+dolce, domenica prossima".

   Cosi' ho detto loro che un giardiniere che si rispetti mangia i cappellacci di zucca, la domenica.

   I frutti dell'Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade' erano arancioni-rosa, forse il colore che piu' mi piace al sole che tramonta. Quello stesso colore dell'Eupatorium purpureum subsp. maculatum 'Atropurpureum', il fiore di Piet Oudolf, che Dio lo benedica, visto che siamo vicino alla chiesa. Sono di quell'arancione-rosa che non fa in tempo a sbiadire ingiallendo nel salmone e gli rimane un fuocherello dentro cui solo i maglioni dei giardinieri in Inghilterra fanno onore. Ne ho uno, anzi due. Vorrei metterci due toppe color carta da zucchero e sdraiarmi al sole, ma temo che i cani che passano non siano ancora pronti per questo viaggio oltre-Manica e, poi, se incontro la signora di oggi e di ieri devo spiegarle il perche' di tante cose che riguardano un giardiniere e come faccio, ho troppo lavoro da fare!

1 commento:

  1. Yummy.

    "My age is three hundred and seventy-two,
    and I think, with the deepest regret
    how I used to pick up and voraciously chew
    the dear little boys whom I met.

    I've eaten them raw, in their holiday suits;
    I've eaten them curried with rice;
    I've eaten them baked, in their jackets and boots,
    and found them exceedingly nice.

    But now that my jaws are too weak for such fare,
    I think it exceedingly rude
    to do such a thing, when I'm quite well aware
    little boys do not like being chewed.

    And so I contentedly live upon eels,
    And try to do nothing amiss,
    And I pass all the time I can spare from my meals
    In innocent slumber - like this."

    A Milano tempo da lupi ed essere a spasso con Cappuccetto Rosso. Ma nelle proprie scarpe si sta bene, soprattutto sapendo che col passare dei giorni e delle cose sopra sotto e intorno il cuoio della tomaia si graffierà un pochino e prenderà quelle pieghe che sono come le rughe che vengono sulla faccia specialmente alle persone che sorridono perché sono simpatiche oppure perché vedono cose belle.

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Ecological Planting Design

Ecological Planting Design

Drifts / Fillers (Matrix) / Natural Dispersion / Intermingling with accents/ Successional Planting / Self seeding
What do these words mean? Some principles of ecological planting design. (from the book: "A New Naturalism" by C. Heatherington, J. Sargeant, Packard Publishing, Chichester)
Selection of the right plants for the specific site.
Real structural plants marked down into the Planting Plan. The other plants put randomly into the matrix: No. of plants per msq of the grid, randomly intermingling (even tall plants). Succession through the year.
Complete perennial weed control.
High planting density. Close planting allows the plants to quickly form a covering to shade out weeds.
Use perennials and grasses creating planting specifications that can be placed almost randomly.
Matrix: layers (successional planting for seasonal interest) of vegetation that make up un intermingling (random-scattering) planting scheme: below the surface, the mat forming plants happy in semi-shade, and the layer of sun-loving perennials.
Plants are placed completely randomly: planting individual plants, groups of two, or grouping plants to give the impression of their having dispersed naturally. Even more with the use of individual emergent plants (singletons) that do not self-seed, dispersed through the planting.
An intricate matrix of small plants underscores simple combinations of larger perennials placed randomly in twos or threes giving the illusion of having seeded from a larger group.
The dispersion effect is maintained and enhanced by the natural rhythm of the grasses that give consistency to the design. They flow round the garden while the taller perennials form visual anchors.
Allow self-seeding (dynamism) using a competitive static plant to prevent self-seeders from taking over: Aruncus to control self-seeding Angelica.
Sustainable plant communities based on selection (plants chosen for their suitability to the soil conditions and matched for their competitiveness) and proportions (balance ephemeral plants with static forms and combinations such as clumpforming perennials that do not need dividing: 20% ephemeral, self-seeding plants, 80% static plants) of the different species, dependent on their flowering season (a smaller numbers of early-flowering perennials, from woodland edges, which will emerge to give a carpet of green in the spring and will be happy in semi-shade later in the year, followed by a larger proportion of the taller-growing perennials which keep their form and seed-heads into the autumn and the winter).
Year-round interest and a naturalistic intermingling of plant forms.
Ecological compatibility in terms of plants suitability to the site and plants competitive ability to mach each other.
Working with seed mixes and randomly planted mixtures.
Perennials laid out in clumps and Stipa tenuissima dotted in the gaps. Over the time the grass forms drifts around the more static perennials and shrublike planting while the verbascum and kniphofia disperse naturally throughout the steppe.
Accents: Select strong, long lasting vertical forms with a good winter seed-heads. Select plants that will not self-seed, unless a natural dispersion model is required.
Planes: if designing a monoculture or with a limited palette, more competitive plants may be selected to prevent seeding of other plants into the group.
Drifts: to create drifts of naturalistic planting that are static in their shape over time use not-naturalizing, not self-seeding, not running plants.
Create naturalistic blocks for the seeding plants to drift around. For the static forms select plants that do not allow the ephemerals to seed into them.
Blocks: use not-naturalizing species, in high densities, in large groups.
Select compatible plants of similar competitiveness to allow for high-density planting (to enable planting at high density in small gardens).
Achieve rhythm by repeating colours and forms over a large-scale planting.