tempi .233

L'anno scorso avevo cominciato a segnare quando i mesi e le piante entravano nella loro sintonia piu' evidente, quella delle fioriture, a fine inverno; questo anno invece mi e' parsa evidente la successione del profumo, proprio ora che il gelsomino comincia a fiorire e il rapido glicine ha lasciato l'aria alla robinia. Cose ovvie che non avevo mai messo in successione e che, evidentemente, hanno acquistato per me un nuovo significato.   

   Tempi dei profumi:
      da Aprile ad entrare in Maggio (non in ordine alfabetico)
Wisteria sinensis
Aesculus hippocastanum  (suggerito da un lettore... come aveva fatto a sfuggirmi?!)
Robinia pseudoacacia
Rhyncospermum jasminoides
Magnolia grandiflora
Ailanthus altissima
Tilia x europaea

   Tempi delle fioriture:
      Gennaio (metà mese)
Prunus armeniaca
Forsythia x intermedia (gemme già ben leggibili)
      Febbraio
Chaenomeles speciosa
Chimonanthus praecox
Corylus avellana
Forsitia x intermedia
Jasminum nudiflorum
Viburnum tinus 
      Marzo
Cercis siliquastrum (fine del mese)
Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade' (foglie)
Hyacinthoides non-scripta
Magnolia stellata
Narcissus
Prunus cerasifera 'Pissardii'
Prunus persica 
Prunus spinosa 
Sambucus nigra
(dalla seconda metà del mese tutti gli alberi mettono le foglie)
      Aprile
Aesculus hippocastanum
Populus nigra
Robinia pseudoacacia
Wisteria sinensis
      Maggio
Ailanthus altissima
Cornus alba 'Sibirica'
Rose
Lonicera periclymenum
Magnolia grandiflora
Rhyncospermum jasminoides (sfiorisce a metà Giugno)




2 commenti:

  1. Grazie. Elenco prezioso per chi insegue i sentori odorosi delle piante, anche in città. Mi permetta di aggiungere l'aesculus hippocastanum tra i profumi e le fioriture di aprile.

    RispondiElimina
    Risposte
    1. Come ho fatto a dimenticarmene?! La ringrazio e le auguro una buona primavera

      Elimina

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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.