I must admit I am the worlds worst blogger…maybe second worst. I guess one has to blog to be the worst?
I wanted to do this posting because I want people to take a moment and think about how many ‘wild flowers’ you have in your garden. Maybe hybridized wildflowers? Echinacea, agastache, columbine, baptisia, coreopsis, helenium, monarda, rudbeckia, solidago just to name a few. I could go on about grasses, but I am not going to prattle on about that.
I recently got re-involved with a landscape designer who asked me advice about plants that work here in Eastern Washington. She is more experienced with plants of Western Washington and our climate and soil type are truly different, a good friend and someone who listens to my offbeat opinion at times. I pointed out that winters here can be drought seasons, our soil is higher in PH, and she should be using plants that are tough as nails. She liked what I had to say and knows that I will speak up when I see something out of sorts. Her design had a good selection of hybridized and non-hybridized wildflowers, some great coloration, and even a few things that would be successful but unexpected.
This past spring I was happy to spend some time in both Seattle and Chicago with an outstanding plants-woman, Miriam Goldberger. I received her book, “Taming Wildflowers” in a swag bag – one of the many books I wanted this past year. I had been talking to Miriam for a couple of years. I really respect that she has carved out such a wonderful place in such an extreme climate…and I complain about my zone 5. I cant imagine living on the plains of Southern Ontario.
Her book…what can I say? It’s a sumptuous introduction to the exploration of wildflowers, their relationship with pollinators and how to incorporate them within your own garden – and you probably were in the first place! I think there is so much outlined in the precious tome I was given. Seed starting, which plants are great for cutting and more .
“Taming Wildflowers” helped me clarify the world of a relaxed romantic vision I may have been searching for. Helped me make some decisions about the incorporation of flowers/meadow into my own personal garden. I have been looking at a bit of blank slate on sixty percent of my 2.5 acre lot. I have come to the decision about using white clover as a lawn, and letting certain perennials such as echinacea, sanguisorba, and baptisia drift about with grasses, some native shrubs, tough as nails lilacs (I have 76 that need to get into the ground) and a variety of deciduous trees I have been hording.
Bruce Bailey is the owner of Heavy Petal Nursery in Moses Lake, WA, or, as he likes to call it, God’s Country. With majors in art, art history, and history Bruce finds expression in the garden art he creates along with the customers he cultivates through an unconventional selection of gardening products that ensure a unique shopping experience. New varieties and surprising introductions of garden worthy plants, as well as old fashioned and unjustly forgotten favorites are all on display. His boundless energy and dynamic spirit are in evidence in all of his endeavors, whether through painting, his plant selections, garden design, home interiors or speaking at garden shows.
“Bruce Bailey does not let living in zone 5 define his gardening or his life. His adventurous style is evident in every plant he selects, and every garden he designs. When I met Bruce, my first impression was one of boundless energy, and a mind always at work. His careful observations of nature–and nature expressed in gardens–informs his plant choices, and once formed his opinions are not hidden. Bruce’s educational background in art history and design, and he is an accomplished interior designer/decorator in addition to his ability of paint pictures with plants. Even plants for sale in his nursery are presented in a painterly manner.”
Linda Beutler – Author and Curator, Rogerson Clematis Collection
Deborah Silver recently mentioned Bruce in her blog Dirt Simple http://www.deborahsilver.com/blog/?p=25116
Northwest Flower and Garden Show http://www.gardenshowblog.com/bruce-bailey/
Heritage Radio Network, We Dig Plants with Carmen Devito & Alice Marcus Krieg http://188.8.131.52/archives?tag=Heavy+Petal+Nursery
Bruce’s speaking engagements for 2012
Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle, Washington
Portland Yard, Garden, Patio Show, Portland, Oregon
Arkansas Flower and Garden Show in Little Rock, Arkansas
Boise Flower and Garden Show, Boise, Idaho
Other regional speaking engagements are also on the calendar.
A Container Named Desire– Containers, Care, and Combinations
Pump Up Volume– Outstanding Plants for Summer Containers
Painting Your Desert Garden– Using foliage to bring color into your high desert garden.
Harmonizing Your Home and Your Garden– Color, Balance and Enhancement
New for 2013
Upcycling into Your Garden– Found objects, trash to treasure, and creating follies in your garden.
County Garning as Fashion– Marie Antoinette, Marie Louise of Savoy, Yolande Martine Gabrielle de Polastron, Georgiana Cavendish and the flowers they loved.
Flowers of Downton Abbey – a look at Edwardian gardening
Follow Bruce on twitter @WherePlantsRock
Visit his nursery website www.heavypetalnursery.com
You can contact Bruce Bailey firstname.lastname@example.org