Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Indian Palm

no name

land of the brave

through the past darkly

POA, the native grass we almost exterminated from the Western Volcanic Plains.

It was on my last trip to Tulsa just before the snow...

No Prairie

Mexican Standoff

The Gondwana we never had. Post Squatters Dream. (slight return)

Prairie Wind....(via Miscanthus)

Getting the ‘Naturalistic’ right.

Getting the ‘Naturalistic’ right.

Some call it 'Prairie' and some call it 'Naturalistic' and English writer Hugh Johnson ('Tradescant' RHS The garden) calls it 'Pseudo Ecological’.

If we are to take the 'Prairie' word usage it becomes rather confusing. Here we have a North American title for certain  natural landscape types which is used in other parts of the word (eg South America) but has also found its way into garden style vocabulary in Europe. Confused?
In many respects 'Prairie' is a New World 'Meadow’.

All the above are about planting styles/content that evoke a certain 'wildness' be it the more controlled/refined model of Piet Oudolf , or the much looser equations used  by others in the design world.

The North American Prairie (at this distance) seems to consist of a mixture of herbaceous perennial’s and self-sowing annual plants as befits the often harsh Winter conditions they have naturally occurred in, which makes them perfectly suited to many parts of Europe.

In the Southern Hemisphere our climate is more conducive to the evergreen fraternity and that plant equation gives forth a year round ‘look’ as opposed to the seasonal displays of many colder parts of the Northern Hemisphere.

We do not use the term ‘Prairie’ in Australia and as far as I can gather have no equivalent term.
We have coastal scrub/plains/wetlands/grasslands etc but no sexy moniker to round it all up!

Add to this lot the term 'Sustainable' (another linked term for Naturalistic) and......

Still confused?