Loeb House garden: Colorful blooms of Elizabeth Gray

first_img 4The Loeb House gate frames the garden. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Elizabeth Gray, senior associate secretary to the University, has tended the Loeb House garden in Harvard Yard since 1985. “It began as a very small effort,” said Gray. “A row of potentilla was already in place alongside the holly hedge when I started adding annuals to extend the season of bloom. Then one perennial led to another.”Taking inspiration from a visit to Cambridge, England, Gray described her plantings as “exuberant cottage-style garden,” that are “a little quirky and not too neat, with a season of bloom that starts with early spring crocus and runs until late October — including a big crimson splash of peonies around Commencement.”As a walk-to-work Cambridge resident without a home garden of her own, Loeb House’s garden has been a constant learning opportunity for Gray and her colleagues who help maintain the space. “The site has its own challenges, from part sun to maple shade, each area supporting different plants. Harvard’s decision to compost allowed significant enrichment of the soil in recent years, and the flowers and shrubs have just taken off from there.”Gray also finds satisfaction in the regulars who check in throughout the season to see what’s in bloom and compare gardening successes and failures with tourists who discover them by chance.“People tell me they stop by on their way from work for a quick change of pace as they decompress from the day,” said Gray. “Many people find that spending time around flowers increases their own sense of balance and harmony. I know that is true for me.” 7A giant onion (Allium giganteum) — an ornamental perennial — flowers in the Loeb House garden. Jon Chase/ Harvard Staff Photographer 5White stargazer lilies add an elegant note. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 9Sunlight shines through the cherry and crab apple trees at Loeb House. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Yellow blooms are ruffled by the wind outside Loeb House, which is located across from Lamont Library. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer center_img 6An up-close view of a bloom. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Dewy peonies glisten outside Loeb House. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Elizabeth Gray works in the garden. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Elizabeth Gray prunes back some overgrowth in the Loeb House garden. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer last_img read more

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Serie A: Balotelli threatens to walk off over racist abuse in Verona

first_imgRelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Brescia striker Mario Balotelli threatened to walk off the pitch after receiving alleged racist abuse from Hellas Verona fans during the teams’ Serie A meeting on Sunday.The Italy international was left enraged by the chants coming from a section of the home support at the Stadio Bentegodi.Nine minutes into the second half, Balotelli stopped the game when he picked the ball up and volleyed it into the offending section of the stadium.He walked behind the goal before the striker’s team mates and opponents convinced him to stay on the field.The referee Maurizio Mariani stopped the game and a message was read out over the stadium loudspeaker threatening to suspend the match for a longer period if the chants continued.Play was on hold for around four minutes before continuing.Verona coach Ivan Juric denied hearing anything offensive from the stands.“I am not afraid to say there were no racist chants today,” Juric told Sky Sport Italia.“They might have jeered and mocked the great player, but there was nothing there.“You can ask him, there was nothing there. I am disgusted by racist abuse and I will be the first to condemn it when it happens, but this was not it.“They provoked him with jeers and sarcastic chants, but they were not racist. Anything else is a lie.”The game finished in a 2-1 victory for Verona, but Balotelli made his mark by scoring a superb strike with five minutes to go.It was the second time this weekend that a Serie A match has been interrupted because of offensive chants.AS Roma’s game against Napoli on Saturday was briefly halted because of discriminatory chants from the home supporters about the city of Naples. Tags: BresciaHellas VeronaMario BalotelliSerie Alast_img read more

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