Garden Journal: June 27, 2012

Hi garden enthusiasts!

My name is Hongfat Wu, and I am a rising second year Landscape student in graduate school, working with Amy and Kari in this summer until the fall. Remembered the first time, I came to the garden, some plants like indigo, sesame and peanut, they are just tiny seedling,  but two week later, many of them had been changed significantly to be much taller and bigger even few of them still keep growing slowly. That curious me that what made the plants planted on the same time have a big different growth rate? Maybe there is something related to the watering, lighting or wildlife attraction? It is something I can’t say for certain now, but hopefully, I can find out the reasons during this summer garden trip.

Sunflowers, Helianthus annuus, (two weeks before)

Sunflowers, Helianthus annuus, (current)

Sesame, Sesamum indicum, (two weeks before)

Sesame, Sesamum indicum, (current)

Considered to give a proper support for some tall but soft plants, I was asked to sketch and design an installation which can benefit the plant functionally and also fuse into the garden aesthetically.  So, in my first study, I try to refine the form of triangle, which might easily be detected on the supports of the hops and passionflower, as a potential design language. But that is not the end of the design, there are many clues for me to find out and then develop a comprehensive design. That is still a long way to go and I hope the task can be done before the plants fall off.

triangular form found in the passionflower (Latin name: Passiflora incarnata)

triangular form found in the hops (Latin name: Humulus americanus, H. lupulus)

Except for sketching and the daily watering and weeding, we start to recover the bed edges which were damaged by people’s stamping and the hose’s shaking.  Unexpectedly, it is tough mission, because we are going to pull out the weeds before putting new soils on the edge, in between, some weeds have already tangled together with the garden’s plants and their roots have been reaching deep down in soil over six inches that made our repaired process slow. However, we enjoy all of that because we can learn the different root systems and the growth habits by and comparing the various weeds in the garden. That is another gift we get and we appreciate it. Working in the garden amaze us every moment, we enjoy and looking forward to something new happened in there.

damaged bed edge

proposed bed edge

~ Hong

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One Response to Garden Journal: June 27, 2012

  1. Amoret Bruguiere says:

    Dear Hong, Thank you for a beautifully observed post about the garden! I am so glad that you are finding so much to interest you this summer, and hope that you will always be amazed at what you see! Amoret Bruguiere

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