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The Fitting Room: Designing with Large Plants in Containers

How often do we see people stuffing their bodies into clothes that are too small? It’s not a pretty sight and the clothes are sure to split at the seams within a short period of time. Although the effect is…

What Did I Find This Week?

April 26, 2019 Uncategorized

[caption id="attachment_6832" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Pruned rose with new foliage[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6833" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Pruned clematis with new foliage on short obelisk[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6826" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Overwintered cannas now on back patio[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6827" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Overwintered banana now back in…

Arabis caucasica

[caption id="attachment_6817" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Anemone blanda in Arabis[/caption] In April, the north end of my driveway bed is anchored by the fragrant rose flowers of the evergreen Arabis caucasica 'Compinkie' while the south end is anchored by the white flowers…

Still Learning

March 21, 2019 Gardening, Landscape Design, Plants

Last weekend, at the St. Clair County Master Gardeners Conference, I was one of four speakers. All were experts in their fields and I took lots of notes while listening to them. [caption id="attachment_6794" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Jacqueline van der Kloet-cottage-gardens.com[/caption]…

Artistry in Puerto Vallarta

March 8, 2019 Flowers, Landscape Design, Travel

[caption id="attachment_6777" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Mussaendra frondosa (Flag Bush)[/caption] I’ve just returned from a week in Paradise, otherwise known as Puerto Vallarta, a welcome respite from gray days and cold temperatures. Sunny skies every day, beautiful sunsets, delicious food, and the…

Here’s to The High Line

Next time you have a drink, alcoholic or non, raise your glass to The High Line and to those who envisioned what elevated but abandoned railroad tracks could become. Niki and I paid tribute last Thursday, Valentine’s Day, by walking…

GOD’S TAKE ON LAWNS

[caption id="attachment_6739" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Perfectly striped lawn[/caption] In my book, Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard into the Garden of Your Dreams, I discuss the fact that at too many homes, the default landscape is lawn. It is supposedly easier to…