The online gardener of Dirt Du Jour: Northern California (aka NorthWest) is now watering and weeding Everywhere at the main Dirt Du Jour.
Please wander around here and take a garden tour of past posts—and then come on over to the consolidated Dirt Du Jour.
Many thanks to the gardening artist, Gustav Caillebotte, for his painting, Les Jardiniers (1875-77).
Those touching Olympics medal ceremonies are coming up, starring the athletes, the flags, the national anthems—and 4,400 bouquets. Jane Packer and students will be snipping and wrapping four colors of roses, along with herbs and wheat, for a Very British Bouquet. Get the fragrant details here.
Telegraph—-Video: Kew Gardens does the Olympics rings in flowers.
France is not the only destination—Monet’s Giverny garden is blooming away at the New York Botanical Garden through October. The Impressionist designed his garden to be the subject of his paintings and the staff at NYBG recreated his flowery plans. Toss in the facade of the house and a couple of garden paintings, and you’ve got quite an exhibit.
Daily Mail—-Far from anti-lawn, turf fills British church
Hawaii played a part in isolating the Varroa destructor mite, central to the spread of Colony Collapse Disorder. The parasitic mite transfers a virus to honeybees, and the geographic isolation of the Hawaiian Islands made it possible to track the mite in the honeybee population. Awful apian details in The Guardian.
Marketplace—-Bees are now on staff at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.
Inhale that lavender scent from the Lamm Farm in Lincoln (east of Sacramento). Sunday, June 10 they’re opening the farm gate so we can eat, drink and be fragrant with lavender. Bouquets and more for sale, or cut your own.
New York Daily News—-Michelle Obama’s Top Ten Letterman List about gardening
Queen Elizabeth II, pursued by an umbrella at one end of her royal barge on Sunday.
There were 1,000 boats in the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant for the Queen, but what about the 10,000 flowers that decorated her royal barge? Darcey and Patience roses, lavender, and a boxwood knot garden grown by 20 gardeners and arranged by 45 florists.
Photo: Vos Iz Neias/EPA
39 Online—-Don’t drink and mow
Really into ravens? You can tweet with the Ravenmaster, a Beefeater who cares for the ravens at the Tower of London.
Daily Mail—-Just in time for summer gardening: a list of the 10 most painful insect stings. Oww!
As so often happens at garden shows, Chelsea is in a bit of a rut, according to The Telegraph.
Want to skip the trends analysis and go straight for the gaudy photos?
Known in the 1960s as designer of the White House Rose Garden, Bunny Mellon is back in the news as a donor to John Edwards. We’re more interested in her 10,000 volume horticultural library and the gardens she created on 4,000 acres in Virginia.
Photo: Vanity Fair
New York Times—-Even the New York Times has their garden antennae up about Mrs. Mellon.
Debra Prinzing may have found the solution to the tippy vase in the front seat problem. She has racked up the car hours with vases, researching her new book on locally sourced flowers, The 50 Mile Bouquet.
Daily Mail—-Roses return to English gardens after 50 year decline.