Saturday, February 21, 2009

TODAY'S FLOWERS - Dandelion - Löwenzahn Taraxacum sect. Ruderalia

Taraxacum officinale, commonly called Dandelion, is a herbaceous perennial plant of the family Asteraceae (Compositae). It can be found growing in temperate regions of the world, in lawns, on roadsides, on disturbed banks and shores of water ways, and other areas with moist soils. T. officinale is considered a weedy species, especially in lawns and along roadsides, it is sometimes used as a medical herb and in food preparation.

As a nearly cosmopolitan weed, Dandelion is best known for its yellow flower heads, that turn into round balls of silver tufted fruits, away on the wind.

Many people dislike dandelions, consider them as obnoxious weeds.. not me..
Found this beautiful wildflower and dandelion meadow in Merano, Italy. Enjoyed the beautiful flowers and surrounding nature!

Der Gewöhnliche Löwenzahn (Taraxacum sect. Ruderalia) stellt eine Gruppe äußerst ähnlicher und stark verwandter Pflanzen in der Gattung Löwenzahn (Taraxacum) aus der Familie der Korbblütler (Asteraceae) dar. Meist werden diese Pflanzen einfach als Löwenzahn bezeichnet. Durch das frühe Erscheinen seiner Blüten ist der Löwenzahn eine wichtige Bienenweide, die der Entwicklung der Bienenvölker im Frühjahr dient, aber auch bei größeren Vorkommen eine Frühtracht-Honigernte ermöglicht. Für 1 kg Honig muss ein Bienenvolk über 100.000 Löwenzahnblüten besuchen.

(pictures and information from various internet sources)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Anybody home??

More snow..
where did all the beautiful sunshine go?

After his morning walk Max tries to get my attention!!
Please let me in.. it's cold out there!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Blog Anniversary - two years and 442 posts

Let's celebrate Guildwood Gardens 2nd blog anniversary.
The most noteworthy thing about me is
I am always optimistic,
always enterprising, and never satisfied.
I always look forward to do something better
than I have ever done before.

Love to share my garden with the all my visitors from around the world.
I am grateful for all their comments, advise and inspirations.
Thank you for your friendship.

It is my pleasure to participate every Sunday at TODAY'S FLOWERS event, created by TODAY'S FLOWERS TEAM of Brasil DENISE B. CASTRO, LAERTE PUPO and LUIZ SANTILLI JR. please visit for more info.

Jeden Morgen in meinem Garten öffnen neue Blüten sich dem Tag.

Überall ein heimliches Erwarten,

das nun länger nicht mehr zögern mag

Die Lenzgestalt der Natur ist doch wunderschön,

wenn der Dornbusch blüht und die Erde mit Gras und Blumen prangert.

(Matthias Claudius, (1740 - 1815)

Our cat Max - El Presidente II loves and enjoys our garden.

Many others visitors are welcome as well...Skunks, Groundhogs, Foxes and a variety of birds call our garden and Guildwood their home.

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Blog Anniversary - two years and 442 posts

Problems with Blogger forced me to change my post !!
I did not want to loose all the comments and I'll keep them here.
Thank you!!
- Cheers Gisela

Monday, February 16, 2009

From my bookshelf ..The Well-Tended Perennial Garden

My favourite book..

An excellent resource for planting and maintaining perennial gardens. ...
Will serve novice and experienced gardeners alike. ...
A-to-Z encyclopedia of perennial species,
their bloom times and maintenance needs, which alone,
makes this the one book you should keep handy to consult throughout the year."
please visit the Authors website
Thank you Tracy for your comment!!

The Well-Tended Perennial Garden

Planting & Pruning Techniques
(Expanded Edition)
By Tracy DiSabato-Aust
With more than 180,000 copies sold since its original publication, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden has proven itself to be one of the most useful tools a gardener can have. Now, in this expanded edition, there's even more to learn from and enjoy. This is the first, and still the most thorough, book to detail essential practices of perennial care such as deadheading, pinching, cutting back, thinning, disbudding, and deadleafing, all of which are thoroughly explained and illustrated. More than 200 new color photographs have been added to this revised edition, showing perennials in various border situations and providing images for each of the entries in the A-to-Z encyclopedia of important perennial species. In addition, there is a new 32-page journal section, in which you can enter details, notes, and observations about the requirements and performance of perennials in your own garden.

Timber Press
Portland, Oregon USA
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Two days of sunshine..zwei Tage Sonnenschein

Two days of sunshine, seasonal temperatures with a beautiful blue sky,
and Chickadees chirping in the trees..
Enjoying my first time in the garden!
Picking up broken twigs and raking the lawn.
Snowdrops blooming along the fence and
flower buds of the Star Magnolia are telling me..
It is time for spring!

Die letzten zwei Tage bescherten uns viel Sonnenschein,
der Zeit angepasste Temperaturen und blauen Himmel.
Die kleinen Schwarzkopfmeisen zwitscherten in den
Bäumen. Freute mich über die ersten Tage im Garten.
Sammelte abgebrochene Äste und rechnete den Rasen.
Schneegloeckchen blühen am Zaun und die Knospen der Star Magnolie teilen mir mit...
Es ist Zeit für den Frühling!

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