Letter from America

Sat, Apr 26, 2008

American Climate Change

Hi Debbie,

Is now late morning on Friday 25th April and this is the first time I have had a chance to actually sit down at my laptop.

Like the good old UK – the weather here is very unpredictable. I am staying at a well known nursery in this neck of the woods called Mesogeo, which specializes in Mediterranean plants for the Seattle area of Washington State. The nursery itself is on a small island some seven miles by three, about half an hours trip on a ferry from Seattle itself.hhtp:// wwww.mesogeogarden.com

It has been the coldest spring for 30 years with freezing knight temperatures and days only reaching between 5-10C. Most of the gardens I have visited are still pretty much in there winter state, although many plants are valiantly trying to put on their spring growth. I was lucky enough to meet up with one of north Americas most influential gardeners – Dan Hinkley – an inveterate plant hunter who has introduced a large number of amazing plants into the US. His fabulously unique garden over looks Puget Sounds. The garden is overflowing with Dan’s introductions from the Far East. hhtp://www.danielhinkley.com

The soil here is very rocky so mulching is essential. Seeing as this area has little to no rain from June to October – drought plants are essential as the garden is not irrigated, which proves that you can still have a fantastic garden with very little water.

Well that’s it for now as we are just of to visit a wonderful garden owned by Little and Lewis, which is more of a fantasy style garden – I know I’m going to love it.hhtp://www.littleandlewis.com

Have a nice day – as they all say here!

will

Where Eden Could Order Its Plants

On the edge In their garden overlooking Puget Sound Dan Hinkley and Robert Jones freely combine American natives with plants found around the world.

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