My first printed garden catalog of 2017 — from White Flower Farm — has arrived and an order has been placed. For the last few years I waited too long to place my order thus missing out on Eryngium giganteum (below), aka "Miss Willmott's Ghost." But no more. The ghostly sea holly will grace my garden from now on — as it's a re-seeding biennial.
While I was paging through the WFF catalog I came across a Radler rose with a double Wisconsin provenance that might be of interest to midwestern gardeners, and perhaps others as well. Bill Radler is a national treasure who lives just outside of Milwaukee. If you grow roses you know him as the breeder of the famed Knock Out® Roses.
Radler released his first one in 2000 and the rest, as they say, is history. His Knock Out® Rose is the "most commercially successful rose of all time," according to a 2014 story on UrbanMilwaukee. Radler's roses got their name from their behavior: non-stop blooming, disease resistant and almost maintenance-free.
His latest lovely creation (above) is named in honor of another treasure: "Milwaukee's Calatrava." (below). The flower has a citrus scent and its soft white color made me think of all the marble in the Santiago Calatrava-designed addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum. The flower blushes when the weather turns cold.
In Mark's photos you can see the Burke Brise Soleil, a moveable, wing-like sunscreen that rests on top of the Museum’s vaulted, glass-enclosed exhibit space. According to the museum's website, the Brise Soleil — which has a wingspan comparable to that of a Boeing 747-400 — is "unprecedented in American architecture."
It is a gorgeous piece of work and amazing to see in person. The museum has a terrific permanent collection and highly-regarded changing exhibits and is worth visiting for that alone. But the Brise Soleil makes a visit even more of a special event. There's a brief YouTube video of the Brise Soleil in action here.