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Yellow Asphodel

July 28, 2016

Asphodeline lutea, at the Arche Noah Garden.

Arche Noah Garden, part 2

July 27, 2016

The Arche Noah (‘Noah’s Ark’, in German) is a society for the protection of the diversity of cultivated plants. I think that’s the full translation of what they call themselves in German. I guess without them, very few people in Austria would care about diversity or heirloom seeds.


I try to visit their garden in Schiltern, Lower Austria, once a year, usually for the big plant market on May 1st, but some years – like this one – that doesn’t work out.DSC09847

So it was very convenient that Langenlois, where I was for school, is very close to Schiltern, we had the afternoon off after our wholesalers excursion, and some of my classmates also wanted to go there.


We almost didn’t get to go, because the three of us had taken the train to Langenlois, Schiltern is pretty much impossible to get to without a car, and the taxi companies in the area were… apparently not that interested in having customers.


But luckily we found a classmate who also wanted to go and had a car.


We also visited a nearby plant nursery afterwards. And came back to Langenlois with a couple of plants each. Which was not that convenient, considering we had to take them back home on the train at the end of the week…


July 26, 2016

Once again tired and slightly grumpy and headachy today, so…

Another flower.

DSC09861 Geum


July 25, 2016

Have a flower, don’t make me talk.

DSC09837 Nigella damascena

I’m tired and headachy and grumpy, because half of this exam today was a complete disaster. I don’t even want to tell the whole story again, I’ve done it too often today, and I’ll have to do it again tomorrow.

Please Keep Your Fingers Crossed

July 24, 2016

I have a big exam tomorrow – the written final for my master horticulturist course (although the whole thing won’t be finished until next spring). Five hours. It’s been eleven years since the last time I had such a long exam.

And the two other times I had big exams like this – the Matura (final exams at high schoo) and the apprenticeship final exam – I had much more time to prepare. A fulltime job, a household of my own and three gardens make that a lot harder than when I was still living with my parents. (And depression tricking me into thinking I was “just too tired to study today” for a couple of weeks certainly didn’t help. I do feel better now, but I’m a lot less prepared than I would like to be.)


Arche Noah Garden, part 1

July 23, 2016

I’m tired today, so I’ll talk some more about the Arche Noah, and our trip there, tomorrow. Probably. Unless I’m too busy.

DSC09805 Sambucus nigra

Elder (Sambucus nigra) – an unusually big one.

DSC09806 Allium, Fragaria

Strawberries (Fragaria x ananassa) and… garlic (Allium sativum) I think? Some kind of Allium, anyway.

DSC09808 Lactuca sativa

Lots of different kinds of lettuce (Lactuca sativa)


Wholesalers, part 6

July 22, 2016

Lots and lots of potting mix.

No pretty plants this time. But it’s the last post about wholesalers, and tomorrow there’ll be more plants, probably.


And lots and lots of flower pots.

So while the other ones we visited all sold plants/cut flowers/ornaments/other floristry-related stuff, the GBC sells supplies for horticulturists, like potting mix, pesticides, pots, parts for irrigation systems, and yeah, more floristry stuff.


I think those were the fertilisers.

It’s not particularly pretty, but I thought maybe it would be interesting. It was to me, since I’ve never been there. My boss goes shopping there regularly (well, at the branch closest to us) so I had a pretty good idea of what they sell, and I’ve seen some of their delivery drivers, and I sort of know one of their sales staff… but as I said, I’d never been there.


Ready for delivery.

And out of all the places we visited, this was the one where we felt the most welcomed. We’d gotten tours around the other businesses, too, but here, we were first led upstairs to a … break room? Meeting room? We got a drink, and the branch manager showed us a video about how the place was built, and the move from the previous location, and then we were split into two groups for the tour so everyone could hear the explanations and ask questions more easily. It really felt like they valued us as future customers there, and we didn’t get this feeling from any of the others.


I don’t know what you’d do with this, but I like it.


Lots and lots of ribbons.


This made me laugh, because Echinocactus grusonii is called Schwiegermutterstuhl (mother-in-law’s chair) in German.



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