Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Stick It to...the Gardener?
(Do you see that "attractive" green watering stand hiding behind the green PVC stick thingee? Clever!!)
Allen Centennial Gardens is usually my favorite garden visit of the year. I seldom make the trip to the UW-Madison campus to take in the Allen in spring. Once I went in winter; they have a remarkably diverse pinetum for a garden that covers less than two acres. I typically get there late summer or fall.
This year though, I could have skipped my visit.
Okay, we've been in a severe drought. We need to water. It can be inconvenient to lug tripod and hose around. I understand. But it was 4:30 PM, and not a gardener in sight. But there were plenty of these, just standing around.
It was hard to frame a shot without all the other non-garden items. It was downright distracting.
Not only did the watering regimen and the sticks stick it to me, but there were major areas of bare ground (in August?) with this sign:
And then, because of the drought, irregardless of the watering schedule, there were dead, dying, or missing plants.
And then, of course, they are sandblasting or tuck-pointing or doing some sort of restoration on the building, so there is scaffolding, but also we have a couple borrowed views like this.
Isn't this clever how the irrigation head on a pipe mimics the carillon bell tower in the distance? How nice to repeat and mimic shapes throughout the garden.
And this mortuary/funeral urn cemetery-looking display. "What'll ya' have on your tombstone!"
They were concerned about gardening in small spaces. But with this jumble and lackadaisical watering schedule, I'm not sure the yield that could be obtained from this.
And just to give you one more look at all those sticks:
I'm just not that into those sticks, Allen Centennial Garden folks!