What I'm trying to say is that I have the urge to plant! It's time of the year when my car seems to drive itself to nurseries a bit too often.
But plant where? Every scare inch of my garden is occupied either by an existing plant or by the plant that is sure to emerge and take over come april.
The solution might be to go up, up, up. Like the French Landscaper botanist genius Patrick Blanc. I told you about him here but a lot has happened in the world of vertical gardening since, as those pictures show.
There is an insane amount of brilliant stuff on Patrick Blank's website. Here are some of my favorites.
This is not about a great selection of plants. Blanc devised a special metal frame so that the plants can grow parallel to the surfaces without adding weight or humidity to them. It's fascinating.
He says that plants only need soil as a mean of support. What they need is water and mineral and light, which the system provides. Also, as long as water is abundant, plants only creates lighter, smaller, non invasive roots. Without the presence of soil, the planting then becomes light enough so that it can be done vertically.
He uses seeds and cuttings, applies them to a structure made of metal and PVC.
I'm assuming he used cuttings here:
This one is perfect for the rain.
I found interesting that the walls seem to be vandalism free. I guess even bad seeds have to bow down to the beauty of nature.
Check the website for dozens of vertical walls all over the world.
Oh, on a different note, the ad below is always a shocker to me: right now it's all about rehab centers. Why? Is it the tone of my posts? Is adsense trying to tell me something? Oh yeah, I mentioned being addicted to political blogs yesterday. What-EVER!