Thursday, November 10, 2011
The garden has wound down and the Flower Guy too. Its time to take a break.
I hope you enjoyed the fourth year of our flowers. My Flower Girl is as feisty
as ever and grows in beauty with maturity.
She wins the Golden Garland.
Note: All of the Flower for the Day entries for this year can be found at:
www.donsessions.blogspot.com - under the Blog Archive go to:
The Blog of Don Sessions 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Panel I Iris
During his later years we commissioned our friend and neighbor, the artist Russell Kraus to do a work for us.
Russell was a multimedia artist but for his day job he designed and created stained glass windows for churches.
We requested that he do four stained glass panels of flowers to be placed in a sturdy and spectacular mahogany
free standing screen that we had acquired several years previously. Initially he took measurements and designed
the panels using flowers of his choosing and added a personal touch - a small colorful butterfly with three
dimensional antennae for each panel.
Russell and I went to a nearby stained glass studio where we selected the different colored pieces of glass. The
studio then created the four panels with each piece of stained glass assembled by color and shape according to
Russell's design specifications. Six weeks later Russell and the studio expert completed the work by installing
the panels into the screen.
Because of its size and our space considerations the four panel screen has been separated into two two panel
scfeens. Both screens are upstairs in separate rooms.
In no way do the images come close to the magnificent colors chosen by Russell. Photographing a stained glass
work is challenging.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Anemone hupenensis var. japonicum. In the
buttercup family (Ranunuculaceae), this hardy perennial is closely
related to the pasque flower. Anemone is Greek for daughter of the
wind. Season specific anemone bulbs can produce blooms
throughout the growing year from early spring to late fall. Cut flowers
provide up to 9 days of vase life. This was a gift from a friend.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
The boys in the gnome garden were complaining about the cold nights and wanted to come into the garage for the winter.
One gnome , however, told us last week that he had to stay outside until he had helped to win the World Series. I told him that it was highly improbable but he stayed outside and the Cardinals did come through with a win. Sometimes it is not all
bad to be wrong.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The Russell Kraus House - To the south and west of our gardens lies the house of our deceased neighbor and friend Russell
Kraus. Russell and his soon to be wife Ruth commissioned this house to be designed and built by the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Russell bought a four acre plot on the western edge of the old railroad town of Kirkwood from the descendants of Frederick Clamors. It had been a farm and at the time it was purchased a peach orchard was still producing. Russell contacted "Mr. Wright" (Russell always spoke of him as Mr. Wright) who agreed to design the house.
The design was done in 1951 and the house was constructed over the next seven years. It took another three years to complete the inside furnishings. The house materials are tidewater red cypress, local brick, and concrete. Built in Wright's Usonian style the 1900 square structure is designed on a series of 60 degree-120 degree parallelograms and the triangles and hexagons that come from subdividing them. There are only two right angles in the entire design.
One day Russell planted a series of holly trees near our boundary line and announced that unfortunately there would soon be 15 houses surrounding his treasured house. But instead with perseverance and commitment, Russell was able to sell the house and grounds to a newly created foundation which has lovingly cared for and rehabilitated for this landmark estate.
The grounds are owned and maintained beautifully by St. Louis County Parks and the house is under the management of the foundation which is named The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park.
Built into the hillside, the house is famously difficult to photograph. Recently the late afternoon fall lighting allowed me to take these images. The house has always been hard to grasp or take in as there are so many angular focal points.The foundation has done a remarkably professional and loving job of recreating this architectural masterpiece.
For us Russell's pervasive spirit is always present as we look down the hill through the holly trees at our neighbors "house".
For although he thought he was going to have to sell to a builder for a new subdivision one of his first thoughts was that by planting the holly trees he could help maintain some of our sacred privacy. I still remember him carrying buckets up the hill to hand water his holly seedlings.
Monday, October 24, 2011
This is aster week. These dark purple asters are on a path in the gnome garden.They are perennial and did well out in a field circle except they turned out tobe like candy to the deer. I went out to check the buds one day and all hadbeen leveled as if done by a careful weed whacker. I have transplanted theremnants to the front garden.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
In the Aster Family. This is an old flower - it was first cultivatedby the Chinese in the 15 TH century BC. Linnaeus named it from the Greekfor "golden flower". I have found it difficult to find truly "hardy" mums thatreturn perennially. This rust brown three year old mum is my only currentperennial survivor.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Persimmon In the ebony tree genus Diaspyros which comes from the ancient
Greek word for fruit of the gods. Persimmon comes from Powhatan, an Algonquin
word for dried fruit. This tree is just outside my bedroom window. Immature persimmons are unpalatable because of a high
level of tannins. Very cold weather hastens a bletting process of cell wall breakdown
so they are more tasty after the first frost when they are soft.