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Plants of the Day
Wednesday 15 October 2014

Even on a very damp grey autumn day the plants of the Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Chicago, shone with colour and texture. The planting is enhanced by the sloping landform within the planting beds giving much greater character to them. The garden was designed by Kathryn Gustafson, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel and opened in July 2004, it is a gem in this park and city.

Jill Raggett

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Today’s Summer Bucket List includes a trip to the moon, Craters of the Moon National Monument that is.

Managed jointly by the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service, Craters of the Moon, is a geologic wonder in a uniquely preserved volcanic landscape whose central focus is the Great Rift, a 62-mile long crack in the Earth’s crust. Craters, cinder coves, lava tubes, deep cracks, and vast lava fields form a strangely beautiful volcanic sea on central Idaho’s Snake River Plain. At first glance the landscape of Craters of the Moon appears to be devoid of life. Look deeper and you will observe a rich diversity of life including more than 750 types of plants and almost 300 animal species (not including insects!).

Local legends made references to the landscape resembling the surface of the moon. Some even referred to the area as the “Valley of the Moon.” In fact, the second group of astronauts to walk on the moon visited Craters of the Moon in 1969 to study the volcanic geology and to explore an unusual and harsh environment in preparation for their trip to space.

The National Monument became known as Craters of the Moon when Robert Limbert used the name in an article for a national magazine. Limbert was the first man to thoroughly explore and promote the area. The name became official with the establishment of the monument in 1924.

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Plant of the Day
Saturday 20 September 2014

A river of Rudbeckia fulgida (coneflower) in the prairie planting created in the garden of landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith. At this time of year these unite the design of taller growing plants such the Aster species. Rudbeckia is a clump forming herbaceous perennial with large daisy-like flower-heads with yellow rays surrounding a prominent dark conical disk. Considered easy to grow in moderately fertile soils that are moist but must be well-drained; suitable for improved clay soils with additional fine grit. A reliable cultivar is Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’.

Jill Raggett

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