SLOW GARDENING BOTTLE TREES GARDEN HEARTS FUN and WHIMSY
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Bottle Trees and other Garden Glass
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FELDER'S FUNKY STUFF
Slow Gardening (R)
THE TRUCK GARDEN
Planted in1988 and
driven over 500,000 miles
Felder's first horticulture guru
from Indianola, Mississippi
"Chief" taught me everything about plant propagation, and a LOT about Life...
Relaxing on my front porch...
(Figure made by Felder and Rita Hall for his Scarecrows and Other Yard Folk book)
(WARNING: Nudity, Violence, Obscene language, Drugs, AND MORE)
TO ENTER you must agree that YES you have an adolescent/bawdy/off-color sense of humor
Photo taken at Terra del Madre,the biennial Slow Food event in Turin, Italy
Felder during 2010 winter solstice
Darwen Tower, Northern England
(photo by Matt Donnelly appeared in Lancashire Telegraph newspaper)
Felder participated in the 2011 winter solstice
(feel free to improvise your own, and send photos)
Judging hanging basket competition in Claverly village
DALE CHIHULY GLASS SCULPTURES
DALLAS ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDEN
for SOUTHERN GARDENS
NOTE: Cool Springs Press published my Tough Plants book series that includes
titles for the South, North (Midwest and New England), California, and Florida.
All are available from online bookstores...
Chrysanthemum 'Clara Curtis'
also known as Country Girls and Ryan's Pink
(A spiral is a very simply labyrinth -
a one-way path, as opposed to a puzzle-like maze with turns and choices.)
(STUPID "LAWN RULES" - HAVE FUN!!)
Here is a small daffodil maze, and a larger daffodil labyrinth designed by Felder
for an Arkansas schoolyard):
Labyrinth - single path winding to the center and back out
Maze - a puzzle with choices, some which lead to dead-ends
(Most mazes are made with high hedges so you can't see where you are going)
FOR A NEAT ALTERNATIVE TO THE TRADITIONAL
MANICURED LAWN, SCROLL DOWN TO THIS
"MEADOW LAWN" LINK RIGHT BELOW:
WHAT A BLAST !!!
FELDER and his Green Truck
with the bottle trees and stuff growing in the back
of the 30th Annual
MAL'S ST. PADDY'S DAY PARADE
5th largest St. Patrick's Day parade in America -
50 floats, countless marching groups, and 70,000 attendees
PART OF FELDER'S ENTOURAGE
The Fabulous DOO-DAH DOLLS
The Garden Arch in the garden
...and as a truck accessory
Stephanie Dwyer, who created the bottle sconces for Felder's truck,
made an entry arbor for his garden which was temporarily
put onto the green garden truck for the parade as a backdrop for
Felder as he tossed beads and MoonPies® from the back of his truck...
The float that followed, overstuffed with Felder's friends,
included the largest bottle tree in the known universe...
That was ONE FINE PARADE!
What's that bad smell in Felder's yard?
It's the flower of his Dracunculus, sometimes called
"corpse flower" because it smell like... well, something dead.
It smells that way to attract pollinating flies,
but even my brown dog goes out of his way to avoid it...
The bulb-like plant is perfectly winter hardy in Mississippi gardens.
Below: Daughter Zoe (when in her teenage GOTH phase) and
our shady backyard "voodoo lily" (Amorphophallus 'Konjac')
Zoe and a titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) - world's
largest (and smelliest) flower - at a North Carolina botanical
garden greenhouse...can you see the tears in her eyes from the stench?
Felder's newly-redone backyard flower bed
and a tabletop plant collection
Felder as a Green Man
For the Green Man link
scroll halfway down the page
FELDER'S GARDEN HAS STONES...
LOTS of them, all sizes, all uses...
FELDER'S FRONT BACKYARD
Rusty and I live in a one-room cabin behind my "regular"
home (which is rented to some medical students),
which suits us fine. The garden is tiny, but includes many
dozens of different plants and garden art. There is a
flagstone and raised wooden walk all the way around
for better enjoyment in all weather.
Here're some shots of my new kitchen addition, which I call the Cornbread Chapel (Praise heaven and pass the butter!)
First wall adornment
ELEMENTS OF A SOUTHERN COTTAGE GARDEN
Easy WATER GARDENS
Felder's Front Garden
Listen to Felder Rushing and guests on MPB Radio every Friday at 9 a.m., and rebroadcast Saturday at 10 a.m., on
The Gestalt Gardener
"...gardening is as easy as frying bologna..."
Gestalt Gardener Haikus from Listeners:
No rain out west here
Central Texas drought again
- Matt Evans, Austin Texas
"Crape Myrtle & Company" by Diana Shaw, Mobile Alabama:
High-born pink inks the
Blank green leaves below it, thus
Publishing its blushes.
Nine in the morning,
Waiting for Felder to come on.
Okra in the pan.
- Ken Brown, Grand Bay, Alabama
Squirrel invades, is run off.
Rotting pine tree falls,
Brown bark splitting off, decay.
Stillness on the ground.
- Ken Brown, Grand Bay Alabama
I compost with glee,
dirt under my fingernails.
These are not travails!
- Hilary Shughart, Oxford MS
No rain for twelve days.
In the birdbath fat doves splash.
Daylily hides the cat.
- Linda Campany, Columbus MS
NATIONAL HEIRLOOM EXPOSITION
Here are a few shots I took in early September between my lectures at the National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, California, including gourds, tomatoes (including a variety-tasting I conducted), and a vegetable-carving chef...
Tomato tasting .Giant tomato
Chef carves veggies
Squirrel Scare device
by Jim Barnett of Natchez
blows bottle trees away!
While spending my usual summer in a Crown cottage farm in the western Midlands of England,
I made a side trip to Germany to photograph a stunning forest of trees made entirely of glass
(with some supporting metal and fasteners). I had read about this for years, and finally just "up and
went" - rented a car out of Munich, and headed off into the Bavarian Alps to the little medieval
village of Regen where this fantasy has been constructed.
Click on this link to get more photos of a real glass forest!
For information on beekeeping, check out the
Mississippi Beekeepers Association website:
NO BEES? Here is how to hand pollinate squash:
Find a male flower (grows on a simple stem), peel off the petals,
and dab its pollen in a female flower (on the end of an immature squash).
This works on all kinds of squash, cucumbers, and melons.
Neither Felder nor MPB receives compensation, products, or services
in return for anything mentioned on this site or on MPB's Gestalt Gardener program.
Any promotion done on this site is soley at Felder's discretion,
based on his honest, unbiased experience or observations - with no strings attached. Really.
GOOD GESTALT GARDEN WORD: Terroir - French word used in wine and coffee, denotes how
characteristics of a place (soil, climate, etc.) impart themselves onto something...
It's what gives something (gardeners, gardens, garden styles) our special "Sense of Place"
"Most gardeners are daunted, not dumb."
"Lightening up doesn't necessarily mean lowering your standards."
"I DO care what the neighbors think... it just doesn't MATTER!"
"Doesn't matter what you do, or how you do it, your neighbors are gonna talk about you ANYWAY." (this quoted aloud and credited to Felder by Martha Stewart)
"Life already has so many boundaries and pressures - why add more in the garden?"
"Salsa is good for your body; tomato gravy is for your Southern SOUL." (Plus, a little grease in the diet helps you slide through the humidity better.)
GENERAL PHOTO STUFF
(updated every now and then)
Felder's Mississippi Winter Garden
Felder's rented English Farmhouse in Winter
the cottage (circa 1800)
scene from bedroom window
shrubs outside door and along the ancient hedgerow
snow covered cemetery cherub and "hoar" frost
(strands of frozen fog)
along the hedgerow footpath to Pattingham village
Gaudi's cathedral, Barcelona
Fabulous 'Graham Thomas' rose named "World's Favorite Rose"
WORM COMPOSTING INDOORS
Clothespin Tombstone in
ROADSIDE "FLOWERS" IN NORTHERN PENNSYLVANIA
TRUCK CROP ON EASTERN LONG ISLAND NY
IN MIZE MISSISSIPPI
FELDER AND THE QUEEN.
University of Tennessee - Jackson
Wanna See a Little Lawn?
Doris Foscett's Agave in bloom - Canton MS
Can't we all share with one another?
More Agaves from Felder's Photos
Zoe and California Agave
Felder's variegated agaves and bronze Dyckia
and the agave atop his "green roof" arbor with blue bottles
Felder's "Green Roof" Entry Arbor
(for details see link at upper left)
Felder's "Rain Harvester" Porch Roof
(for details see link at upper left)
Rusty the Howling Spaniel
that eats my hats
Important message from Klaatu and Gort
There are tens of thousands of highly intelligent, well-raised, educated young men and women - their names are not important here - who are real heros because of what they suffer day after day overseas in our military.
Few can imagine what they are going through, especially considering that they are there as volunteers.
These men and women find rest whenever and wherever they can.
I am asking that you think about them as unique and beloved, individuals as real as any son, daughter, father, mother, husband, or wife.
And please - perform whatever ritual you have at your heart's and soul's command to bless all these young men and women at their job, and wish them - and their loved ones - comfort as well as strength.
Whatever it takes for them to finish their terrible work and come home safe.
And remember: They are real people. They are not numbers. Who they are, and what they are doing right now, is precious.