June 5, 2011


Posted by jez at 5:44 PM

May 30, 2011

A Few Memorial Day Weekend Photos @ the Madison Arboretum

Posted by jez at 6:21 PM

May 21, 2011

More of God's Floral Handiwork

Posted by jez at 6:18 PM

May 15, 2011

God's Handiwork: Spring Tulips 2011

Posted by jez at 8:19 PM

April 10, 2011

God's Glory: Spring Flowers begin to Appear on a Gorgeous Sunday

Posted by jez at 3:06 PM

December 10, 2010

Tropical Flowers on a Wintry Night

Foster Botanical Gardens.

Posted by jez at 10:44 PM

November 11, 2010

God's Glorious Fall Colors

Madison has been blessed with a glorious fall.

Posted by jez at 8:06 PM

October 10, 2010

Madison's Arboretum on a Gorgeous Sunday

Posted by James Zellmer at 7:57 PM

Fall Color on a Gorgeous Sunday: God's Glory

Posted by James Zellmer at 4:26 PM

September 11, 2010

Football Saturday Style

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:16 PM

August 16, 2010

Flowers: God's Handiwork

Posted by James Zellmer at 6:21 PM

July 26, 2010

A Few More Weekend Photos

Posted by James Zellmer at 7:43 PM

July 3, 2010

A Beautiful Saturday

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:28 PM

June 12, 2010

Madison Farmer's Market Photos

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:00 PM

May 30, 2010


Posted by James Zellmer at 9:25 PM

May 29, 2010

Memorial Day Delights: Strawberries

At Madison's Farmer's Market.

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:32 PM

May 19, 2010


Posted by James Zellmer at 9:57 PM

May 14, 2010

A Mothers Day Walk @ The Arboretum

Posted by James Zellmer at 11:08 AM

May 10, 2010

Interview: Jung Garden Center's Dick Zondag

Patricia Olsen:
MY grandfather started our mail-order company 100 years ago. In the early 1950s, customers were driving to Randolph, northeast of Madison, to see what they were purchasing by mail from us, and my dad saw an opportunity to start a local garden center.

One of my first jobs was to take the orders for shrubs from the garden center to a storage area and to take the shrubs to the customer. I was 11. I also hoed the weeds and detassled corn.

In the 1990s, the two branches of our family split the business. The Jungs received Jung Seed Genetics, which sells agronomic seeds to farmers, and the Zondags got the catalog division and the garden centers.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:50 PM

May 1, 2010

A Beautiful Spring Morning

Posted by James Zellmer at 2:20 PM

April 25, 2010

God's Glory: Spring Tulips

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:11 PM

April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:08 PM

July 22, 2009

2009 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days - Photos

Website and directions. Many more photos here.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:47 AM

May 17, 2009

A Few Spring Garden Photos

Posted by James Zellmer at 7:46 PM

December 12, 2008

Delight Your Customers

Perhaps it is a sign of the times. Air travel, but for private jets that the very rich and our politicians use, rarely involves "delighting customers". Happily, I can report an exception to this "rule". While on travel recently, I visited the tourist class lavatory, only to find this flower gracing the cammode. Props to the United Airlines employee who took the time to add a smile to my face on that journey. More, please!
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:17 PM

December 9, 2008

More from Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens website.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:56 AM

December 1, 2008

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens website.
Posted by James Zellmer at 3:53 PM

November 16, 2008

Fall Into Winter - More

Photographed while raking leaves this weekend. More here.
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:07 PM

November 15, 2008

Fall into Winter

Photographed while raking leaves.

Posted by jez at 3:57 PM

October 5, 2008

Madison Farmer's Market Flowers

Late afternoon light.

Posted by jez at 7:26 PM

September 23, 2008

Garden Sunrise

Posted by jez at 11:41 AM

April 25, 2008

Tulip Time

Two tulip photos taken after Madison's early morning thunderstorm.

Posted by jez at 3:13 PM

March 1, 2008

Deserts in Bloom: Late-winter rains in California and the Southwest have nature-lovers and sightseers holding their breath. This could be the best spring in years for seeing wildflowers.

Stan Sesser:

The vistas here in this land of desert and rock feature deep canyons and striated rock formations. But the most impressive sight is yet to come. At some point next month, the gray floor of the desert will be set ablaze by carpets of wildflowers, in riotous shades of purple, yellow and red.

Aficionados maintain that witnessing desert wildflowers is one of the most rewarding experiences in nature. Fall's dramatic leaf color change is guaranteed to happen every year. Desert wildflowers are far less predictable. If good spring rains are lacking, which was largely the case in 2006 and 2007, the flowers don't appear. When nature does cooperate, for two weeks or a month the desert looks as if it has been streaked by a giant paintbrush.

This year is shaping up as one of those lucky years, due to a series of storms that swept California and the Southwest in January, followed by more rain in February. "I'm hoping it's going to be terrific," says Patrick Leary, a professor of plant biology at the College of Southern Nevada, who teaches a course in desert plants. "You suffer and wait and pray for a good year and when that year comes, you have to be out there every available moment. And then it's gone."

Posted by jez at 8:46 PM

April 29, 2007

Hoi An Market

Hoi An Vietnam
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:18 PM

April 28, 2007

Farmers Market on a Beautiful Saturday Morning

The Dane County Farmer's Market is gathering steam this spring. Loads of spinach, some asparagus, boxes of tomatoes and many flowers were on offer early this morning.

Many more Farmer's Market photos can be found here.

From the other side of the world, Hoi An market.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:41 AM

October 17, 2006

Sustainability workshop, Akumal, Mex, Nov. 6 -12

Centro Ecológico Akumal (CEA) will offer a sustainability workshop, November 6 – 12, in Akumal, Mexico.

I began volunteering for CEA in 2000, and Akumal is as close to paradise as I’ve ever experienced. Located 60 miles south of Cancun, the shallow, crystal-clear water and sandy beach of Akumal Bay define tropical perfection. Shops for renting snorkel and dive gear are right on the beach. The small, but stunning, Tulum ruins hug the sea 10 minutes south of Akumal, and the jungles hide many, many small sites that you can visit on your own or with a guide. Additionally, local guides can lead exceptional nature walks, and CEA staff give entertaining and educational presentations nightly.

The course will cover alternative technologies for the production of energy, the treatment of wastewater, and the disposal of solid waste. The course will be taught in Spanish, though nearly all of the instructors and students will be bilingual. See more details at http://www.ceakumal.org/sustainability_workshop.html.

Contact Ed Blume (ed@ceakumal.org) for more details on Akumal and tips on how to get there as cheaply as possible.

Posted by Ed Blume at 10:28 AM

July 2, 2006

Dinner Potatoes: Fresh from Eau Claire via the Farmer's Market

Dashing around the Farmer's Market early Saturday morning, I picked up 5lbs of potatoes. The (late teen/early 20's?) daughters were moving a bit slow as they organized the vegetables and filled my bag with red potatoes. I inquired about this and one mentioned that they "got in late", then had to get up at 2 for the drive to Madison. I asked where their early morning journey began? Eau Claire - 178 miles.
Posted by James Zellmer at 3:16 PM

June 8, 2006

Greenleaf: A Local Food Exchange

Rick Barrett:
When a farmer walked into Whole Foods wanting to sell a huge sack of morels, store employee Heather Hilleren watched a futile effort unfold.

The farmer didn't have vendor credentials, and it would have taken two weeks to get them. By then, the freshly picked morels would have spoiled.

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:18 AM

June 1, 2006

Garden Blogs

Including Adventures in my Urban Garden.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:51 PM

May 13, 2006

Farmers Market Flowers

Gotta love spring! [Dane County Farmers Market, on the square].
Posted by James Zellmer at 5:22 PM

February 10, 2006

The Economics of Mulch

Tyler Cowen:
ST. FRANCIS: You'd better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle, As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

GOD: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?

ST. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

ST. FRANCIS They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:04 AM

November 26, 2005

Sacramento Doubling Their Tree Canopy

Jason Margolis:

Sacramento, Calif., claims more trees per capita than any other city in the world. It's now embarking on a 40-year plan to double the city's tree canopy. The potential benefits of urban forests include lower temperatures, improved air quality and -- perhaps surprisingly-- a calming effect on drivers.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:01 AM

October 31, 2005

Madison Leaf Collection Information

City of Madison Streets Department has a site with more information on local leaf collection.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:49 AM

October 8, 2004

World's Largest Flower VR Scene

Peter Murphy shares a beautiful VR scene from the Botanic Gardens in Sydney where there was the rare flowering of the Titan Arum.

Posted by James Zellmer at 4:45 PM

August 14, 2004

Healing Garden(s)

Susan Fornoff writes about Topher Delaney's healing gardens:

Lavender flanks an antique French urn that serves as a fountain in one corner; lemons climb on the two antique French gates that delineate the garden's three "rooms," each with a terra-cotta colored bench designed by Philippe Starck.

There are tomatoes growing; bay, rosemary, a rose bush, nasturtiums, too. Aloe and opuntia elaborate on the medicinal theme, and jasmine surrounds the base of the visual centerpiece, an Italian fountain surrounded by a shelf of Haifa limestone.

"This is very beautiful stone, from Jerusalem," Delaney says. "You see it in very lovely homes; you never see it in a hospital." She looks around. "This is as good as it gets in the most fancy house you could ever find. This is as good as it gets."

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:31 AM

August 9, 2004

Smell the roses without maintenance?

Amy Chozick reviews the controversial use of shrub roses (9 million sold last year), cross bred to require little maintenance

he new varieties are controversial, with some long-stem-rose purists saying that even planting them is cheating. Still, shrub roses are now the fastest-growing segment of the rose market, with the nine million plants sold last year accounting for 30% of all rose sales -- double the market share for shrub roses in 2002, according to the American Rose Society.

"These kinds of numbers are unheard of for roses," says Keith Zary, director of research at wholesale rose distributor Conrad-Pyle, which sold 1.8 million of its "Knock Out" red-rose shrubs in 2003, up from 135,000 in 2000, the year it introduced the variety. Historically, a popular rose wouldn't even hit the half-million mark, he says. At Jackson & Perkins, a nursery based in Medford, Ore., shrub-rose sales are up 6% this year, and the nursery's multicolored "Garden Ease Rose Blankets" -- $39.95 carpets of color that bloom into the fall -- are now one of the company's biggest sellers.

Posted by James Zellmer at 7:15 AM

July 29, 2004

Backyard Prairie Gardens

Tim Post on the growing number of backyard prairie gardeners:

Posted by James Zellmer at 3:07 AM

June 11, 2004

Versailles Restoration: Bosquet des Trois Fontaines

One of the 15 Ornamental groves in the gardens of Versailles will be reopened on June 12th.

It marks the latest in a series of American gifts to restore the great creation for Louis XIV of Andr Le Ntre and Charles Le Brun. After the second world war John D. Rockefeller gave millions to restore the place, convinced that the chateau and its gardens were of wider than French significance. Americans then responded generously to storm damage in the 1990s, and now the American Friends of Versailles have given $4m and years of voluntary work to help French experts recreate the Bosquet des Trois Fontaines (the Three Fountains Grove).

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:40 AM

British Gardening

The June 5, 2004 Economist reviews "A Little History of British Gardening":

NAPOLEON called England a nation of shopkeepers: given the demise of the British high street, it would be more appropriate today to call it a nation of gardeners. The bicentenary of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) this year has spawned a green-fingered fever across a country where gardening is already a national pastime; where more than 15% of the population has a conservatory; where television gardeners are national heart-throbs; and where almost everyone has an opinion on rhododendrons

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:34 AM