Succulent Garden Art ExhibitMake Your Own ViewThis isn't a new idea- I've seen it showcased at garden shows in the past, but I think it is an example of exceptionally well done succulent planting. An idea taken to a level of an artist playing with their medium and exploring its qualities in a way that makes the observer take notice, and peer closer.Another photo view shows that this gardener … [Read more...] about Garden Art- I Mean, Really.
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Too much candy? Why is she writing about this in her garden blog? You can blame it on an article I read on garden writing, Garden Photographs – some problems. And while I am not a big fan of ranting about garden topics, occasionally I read something that resonates with some underground opinion of my own. This essay on today's method of garden writing, which is rampant in garden magazine … [Read more...] about Too Much Candy Is Probably Not A Good Thing
There are so many shades of pink in the spring, they stand out against all the intense green and are luminously in harmony with the heavenly blue skies. This year the blooms were a bit late and held tight buds for longer than usual.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ // ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ © 2011 written for Ilona's Garden Journal. An excellent blog. … [Read more...] about Spring Pinks 2011
Pink, Red, or Fuchsia?Most gardeners have gotten a catalog or two, or three...or more! Garden catalogs have their own language and after awhile one understands the lingo, but at first it can seem almost misleading. I wrote a page about deciphering catalogs a number of years ago. Garden catalog advice. Essentially the two major things to look out for are color descriptions and the florid hyperbole … [Read more...] about Odd Thing Or Two About This Late Winter Time of Year
Does Everyday Design Matter? Of course it does. I mean we think that and might say it, but the way we live often says something else.Not that we don't appreciate good design. Our appreciation sells books and magazines, it drives blogs...after all, some of the most popular have gorgeous photos all over the place and tell us about all sorts of things that will make our life more beautiful. And this … [Read more...] about Does Everyday Design Matter?
Rainer's Photo of native biomass exampleI recently wrote a profile on English ivy, and it is with interest that I read this passionate gardener/landscaper's post calling us to throw off the yoke of the groundcover and take on a style of native gardening.I empathize, and am almost persuaded. But there are a few things I still would consider....The vast majority of homeowners are not yet gardeners, … [Read more...] about
Garden Center SceneThis year I have visited many of the garden centers, greenhouses and nurseries in my area of Central Ohio. It inspired a decision to do a series of posts to highlight the ones that I like and tell you more about them. That is coming right up, since I have been (after buying my plants!) out getting photos of the places in the first part of this series. First on the list:Bakers … [Read more...] about 2 New Series
Thanks to Rob for mentioning Terence Conran in connection with my Ikea illustration for Everyday Design. It inspired me to see what was current for this well-known designer (whose books I had read a good ten years or more ago when we were planning to remodel our kitchen). I'm a research fiend and read everything available while in the innards of redesigning something... whether kitchen or … [Read more...] about More Design Thoughts
One of the things I love about garden writers is the way they express the familiar through new eyes. I may not agree completely on their take of it, but it brings me into a new appreciation of something that I might have cataloged and then filed away in some obscure forgotten corner of my mind. In our quest for the new, we have a tendency to do that. This tendency keeps us from becoming overly … [Read more...] about Our Prairie Home
Took pictures of some of my containers, I especially liked the shady one with salmon impatiens, caladium, ivy and the strawberry begonia.As of today I had to cut back the sunny combination of blue salvia, yellow petunias, African daisies, and million bells. I always enjoy the container flowers. They are presently my annual gardens, adding bright color which I move around according to my whims. If … [Read more...] about Summer Containers in Bloom
There were a large number of ideas in that one "High Victorian" garden...so let me focus on a few of those as well as a few others of different style....I liked this quietly landscaped sideyard for a couple reasons. One is the inclusion of a fringe tree, which is not a widely used ornamental tree, but very choice in my opinion. It also uses grasses effectively. And everyone likes to see a city … [Read more...] about More From My Town
I usually attach a color idea of orange and yellow to July, maybe because of the bright light, or the fact that many flowers in those hues are in full bloom in this month. But pink is still a garden color that while warming towards salmon in many of July's bloom choices helps to cool things down a bit. Even "hot" pinks when combined with blue fescue grass or the white of lilies or baby's breath is … [Read more...] about Color Harmony: July Pink