ivy clad"There is great satisfaction hidden within simplicity" A D Williams
After a month of maximal saturation, I am so looking forward to embracing the intricacy of simplicity.
Sometimes a restrained planting pallet is all that is needed to create the perfect setting.
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" Oh by gosh by golly, it's time for Mistletoe & Holly".
Ever wonder why both Mistletoe and Holly hold such importance during the Christmas season?
image flickerIt is also said that the goddess Frigga in an attempt to save her son, who had been killed by an arrow made of Mistletoe wood, wept over the plant and her son was saved...... Ah, a mother's love! ..... Frigga so grateful made the plant a symbol of love and had all the other gods kiss under it. Why today it is a symbol of peace and love, and why so many believe a kiss under it holds magical powers.
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As for the holly, the Druids, .......yes, those ever popular Druids again,....... considered holly sacred. Being evergreen as well as producing berries, it was a symbol of fertility as well as good luck, and so it's branches were cut and brought inside not only for luck but protection as well. The Romans believed Holly to be the sacred plant of Saturn and so during Saturnaila festivals gave wreaths of holly to adorn images of Saturn with it.
image flickerOver time like so many pagan rites and rituals they have been blended and meshed into some of the most wonderful of holiday traditions we know today.
Wishing you the very best of love under the mistletoe this season.
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Just another reason to love city life! Tucked away behind an Italianate brownstone in the West Village of Manhattan sits what is best described as a secret garden. Lush with shade loving plants, the garden is a testament to what is possible with a very limited color & plant palette. If you look closely you will realize that the plants have been repeated over and over again with very little change. The main stay of the garden, Boxwood, Ivy and Hostas used throughout, help to create classic elegance in this tiny plot. A trellis and mirrored fence, as well as levels add to the illusion of space, and privacy.
Designed by the New York firm of Sawyer Berson, a interdisciplinary firm practicing architecture, landscape architecture and interior design. The firm works in a variety of styles from traditional to modern in both commercial as well as residential projects.
5th & stateWith holiday decorating well under way, most of us will still turn to the traditional red, green, & holly decor to liven up the season.
With a little help from Mother Nature I have gathered a sampling of what is possible once we step outside our " Holly Berry " comfort zone. An array of colors, sizes and shapes are available for the snipping with just a simple walk on the wild side and pair of trusty clippers.
Snow, Juniper, Beauty and China Berries, to name a few, not only add the the landscape in winter but to holiday decor as well. Who doesn't love a bit of natural, even if tucked amongst the not so natural.
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I couldn't help but share this whimsical entry gate with you today. If anyone knows the where's and why's please feel free to post.
I will be announcing the winner of Maria Killam from the "Color Me Happy" blog http://www.mariakillam.com/blog/ Color Boards later today. Thank you all for participating in the drawing
Enjoy the Day!
Enjoy the Day!
An autumn garden by the California design firm of Deborah Carl Landscape Design
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For those that have worked with me, you know how obsessed I am with white flowers, specifically white hydrangeas. Imaging my surprise and utter delight to have found this relatively new variety this week at one of our local nurseries.
Crisp pure white "Wedding Gown Hydrangea". Could you think of a better name? This double lacecap at a distance appears to be more of a mixed bouquet than one specific flower.
A real stunner, it is not only supported on extra long sturdy stems, it is a repeat bloomer, flowering from late spring, well before most hydrangeas and if dead headed will continue to bloom until late fall. Smaller in nature than the 'Annabelle' it works well in tighter areas as well as mass planted in larger gardens.
Starting out in what I like to call pubescent white (a very pale chartreuse color) it quickly turns to a crisp white with cream accents, as summer progresses. Well branched and full, this super cold hardy variety needs little pampering other than shade in the warmer climates, making it an excellent choice in any garden.
I'll be planting mine this weekend just in time, as the nights here are beginning to turn colder with each day , and winter seems to be right around the next bend.
|Bloom Season||Mid Spring - Mid Fall|
|Zone||5 - 9|
|Plant Height||24 in - 3 ft|
|Plant Width||3 ft - 5 ft|
|Item Form||4-inch Pot|
|Additional Characteristics||Bloom First Year, Double Blooms, Easy Care Plants, Fast Growing, Long Bloomers, Repeat Bloomer|
|Foliage Color||Medium Green|
|Light Requirements||Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Hedge, Specimen|
In the process of beginning a new e-design for a client, I came across the work of the Santa Barbara landscape architect firm of Lane Goodkind. I was immediately taken by the simplicity and understated elegance of their designs.
With a deep understanding of the natural area around them, as well as the use of plants and hardscapes indigenous to the area, they create not only sustainable landscapes but seamless transitions from that which is man-made to that which nature has created.
Goodkinds quote " Our work begins with the premise that careful stewardship of the landscape is vital to our physical and spiritual well-being." had me thinking.
Shouldn't it be this way with all landscape design? Whether designing landscapes in the arid rocky South West or the small fishing villages of the North East, shouldn't it ultimately reflect it's surroundings ?
A landscape designers first and foremost decision should be to identify the area around them taking into consideration not only the residence , but the neighborhood and the surrounding geography, using what is, as opposed to creating something that never would have been.
Only then can a design be created that will enhance and heighten and be " The Best of What it Could Be"
all photos via Lane Goodkind Landscape Architects