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I recently visited the Lebanon, Ohio cemetery.  The cemetery was started in the mid 1800’s and has over 11,000 burials.  It is a peaceful place for one to rest.  The stones are situated among large trees that provide eternal shade and protection.

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Okanagan Okanogan

Today, I am proud to be a guest on the website, My Botanical Garden. I hope that my explorations in knowing the land by walking it daily, camera in hand, will bring the garden’s readers at least some of the delight it has brought me for the past 18 months. Today, I’d like to share a way of looking at gardens: not in space, or in the balance of species with each other, but in time. After all, as creatures of the earth, I think we all live there.


Abandoned Nlaka’pamux Church, Thompson River Grasslands, British Columbia

I think it’s time we all moved back to the Earth.

Gardens live in time. Let’s start with that. It snowed last night. Don’t worry. Here in the dry grasslands in the troughs of a volcanic plateau east of the uplifted volcanoes of the Northeast Pacific Coast, it is not winter. It is late spring…

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Come with me along a winding trail that meanders through trees, alongside hills and next to ancient resting places.  A place where people have loved, lived and died.  Listen closely as their voices are thrown to the wind, preserved by the trees in their trunks, released only occasionally for those chosen to follow the path.  Share the experience of the sun warming your face just like it did for the explorers from the east.  Remember what was before, live what is now and imagine what will be as you wander along.

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Batsford Arboretum is a 55-acre arboretum and botanical park near Batsford in Gloucestershire, England… It is owned and run by the Batsford Foundation, a registered charity, and is open to the public daily throughout most of the year. The arboretum sits on the Cotswold scarp and contains around 2,900 trees, with a large collection of Japanese maples, magnolias and pines. It miantains the national collection of Prunus (sato-sakura group) – Japanese Flowering Cherry- under the National Plant Collection Scheme run by the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG).’

Source: Wikipedia

Anthemis tinctoria 'E.C.Buxton'

Anthemis tinctoria ‘E.C.Buxton’

There are around 100 mat or clump-forming species in the genus Anthemis.

They make very useful border plants, with a long flowering season from late spring – end of summer.

Most grow between 30 -60 cms high and have a similar spread.

Beautiful filigree, aromatic evergreen foliage when not in flower.

Smaller types suitable for rock gardens.

Flower heads are daisy-like; with white or yellow ray florets or yellow disc florets- some make good cut flowers.

Though many species are not long lived (A. tinctoria especially so), they are all easily propagated from seed or cuttings.

The plant’s life can be extended by shearing over in autumn just after flowering – this encourages new basal growth which takes the plant through the winter. Shearing also helps to prevent mildew.

They need sunny, well-drained sites and wet winters are generally not favourable.

They do not transplant well, but should anyway be divided regularly in spring.

Anthemis maritima

Anthemis maritima

The orangey- yellow varieties look well woven in and out of mixed borders, and complement warmer coloured flowers; e.g. Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Dahlias, Hemerocallis etc. The yellow varieties look well with blue flowers such as Nepeta or Agapanthus. The pale lemon variety ‘E.C. Buxton’ (or ‘Golden Marguerite’- one of my favourites)  works well with wispy grasses such as Stipa tenuissima and the darker Lavenders (e.g. ‘Hidcote’).

Further information:


How to grow Anthemis- Telegraph article

Anthemis marschalliana– silver foliage

Quizzicals: answers to the two in the post ‘Gypsies, tramps and thieves…’

  • The scourge of female chickens – Henbane
  • Cheap goods in a pile of dung – Potato

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