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Video: History Of Russian Culture In Flower Beds
Flower gardens in Kuzminki
In June - September 2014, the next regional festival of flower culture took place on the territory of the Moscow estate Kuzminki.
To begin with, let's give some statistics: the event was the 14th in a row, and within its framework, more than 60 flower beds were created on a total area of 8600 m² using more than 600 thousand plants belonging to about 100 species and varieties. Mostly these were decorative annual herbaceous plants traditionally used in urban landscaping: petunias, marigolds, coleus, salvia, ageratums, seaside cineraria. In some flower beds, in addition to them, we met lawn grass, pelargoniums, blue, blue and purple lobelias, celosia, elecampane, castor oil plant, multi-colored gatsania, cannes, kochia, hosta, blooming roses. This variety was complemented by inert, but stably decorative (regardless of the time of the flower garden and weather conditions) materials: painted wood chips and marble chips (both snow-white and colored).
In 2014, the theme of the festival was the rich history of Russian culture. The creators of the flower beds drew the guests' attention to the Russian circus (compositions "The Merry Shapito", "Kind Clown", "Moscow Circus"), Russian folk crafts (compositions "Vologda lace", "Ivanovskie calico", "Gzhel", "Khokhloma", " Shuiskaya coarse calico "), domestic theater (compositions" Backstage "," Actor's gesture "," Golden mask "," Our whole life is a game "," Theater and culture "), estate life (compositions" Tea drinking in Kuzminki "," Pavlovsky Empress's Bouquet "," Lefortovo Assemblies "," Baroque Flower Garden ").
The eyes of visitors were delighted with themed flower gardens "On the waves of art", "Oriental carpet", "Summer symphony", "Festival of creativity", "Nostalgia", "Flower world", "Metamorphoses", "Planet Earth", "Old Russian fun" and others … The flower beds “Geometry”, “Butterfly”, “Hourglass”, “Spikelets”, “Rays”, “Daisies” turned out to be laconic in name and design.
As always, in a number of works, three-dimensional elements were used, making the flower garden original, memorable and attracting attention. This time, such elements were: a ship made of metal components, a cannon, a column made of wood for a soldier, a bear, a bridge and a mill, boulder stones made by a printing method of reproduction of paintings, as well as flat but quite realistic figures of Peter the Great, a soldier, ladies and gentlemen in old clothes, Oleg Popov, "cartoon" figures of a clown, an elephant and a lion jumping over a ring, voluminous plastic elephants, a variety of flowerpots.
By the way, naturalistically made artificial ampelous flowers were placed in one of the compositions in flowerpots, which may well be justified if you come to the dacha only once a week for the weekend (the soil in the flowerpots, as you know, dries up rather quickly). However, if you do not like artificial elements, you can add hydrogel granules to the substrate, which retain moisture for a long time.
Another original idea that we spied on at the festival, which can easily be implemented on your site, is the inclusion of the most ordinary multi-colored balloons located right on the grass in the flower beds. Just don't forget to get some extra balloons in case some of them burst.
In the tea-drinking in Kuzminki flower garden we liked the rather large cups made of banal polyurethane foam and painted to look like real porcelain. If you think a little and work hard, you can decorate your site with such or similar cups.
Another interesting idea that came across to us at the festival was a flower bed in the form of a rose flower, the stems and leaves of which were made of green-colored barbed wire. According to this principle, you can make a flower bed not only in the form of a rose, but also any other flower, even one that does not exist in nature.
Among other works, we personally liked and remembered the following compositions: "Flower Waltz" and "Music of Flowers", in which a violin and a piano were used as flower beds, respectively; "Nostalgia" (apparently, according to the good old Soviet circus - with figures of a clown, an elephant and a lion); “The Empress's Pavlovsk Bouquet” - a fragment of a parterre in a regular style; "Flowers for Peace", in which the cannon turned out to be braided with a creeper tent, at the top of which there is a nest with a stork; "Living water", in which waves of petunia, lobelia, blue and white marble chips bend symmetrically and replace each other.
The 15th anniversary festival awaits us all. I wonder how he will please and surprise?
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