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Inspired by jardinsurlaseine’s garden of textures in Paris

Muhlenbeckia and boxwood and grass by jardinsurlasiene garden inspiration
There is that moment with a single picture on instagram, where suddenly you must go find the account of the person who posted.  As it loads, you hope that every other picture is as good as that first one that caught your eye.  And the joy, when you’ve stumbled on a real treasure. The boxwood and the muhlenbeckia (two of of my favorites) were dancing with he wispy grass (not sure the var) and the purple drumsticks (again, I’d love to know the actual plant name) and with fingers crossed, I hoped to find more. Jardin Sur La Seine’s instagram is an homage to contemporary garden design and specifically one inspiring urban garden in Paris.  Follow it to enjoy a chic garden of grasses, floppy white ...
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Garden Inspiration From a Fresh New Merimekko Dress

A round up of garden design ideas inspired by a merimekko summer dres
I am so happy to play around with design in a way that I haven’t in a long long time. Years ago, I had a regular feature here that was really just a good excuse for me to play with combining garden products, plants and ideas. Inspired by fashion illustration, I pulled together garden design ideas and elements that captured the spirit of the woman in the drawing. (You can see some of the old ones here) I miss this creative exercise and I recently realized that many of you do too. Aside from my old practice of regularly posting before and after garden projects, this is one of the things that readers often mention and recall fondly from my old studio ‘g’ blog.   ...
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How to Collage Leaves into Attractive Decor

an artsy craft - leaf stained glass
  My garden has temporarily faded into the rather boring doldrums of summer.  Spring came late and really dragged its feet, but its profusion of blooms seemed to evaporate at a normal rapid pace.  I am waiting for the heat of summer to hit, as I patiently wait for the daylilies to erupt and make the garden a whole lot more exciting (next week). There is however an abundance of leaves. Since creating a full and colorful bouquet right at the moment is a little tricky, I am wondering if maybe some beautiful stained glass leaf panels might be a pretty - if temporary - way to bring in a little greenery from the garden.  I am a sucker for collage of all sorts, so ...
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Get Colorful Inspiration from North Brooklyn Farms and Tom Fruin

Fruin Farmhouse at North Brooklyn Farms by Matthew Pugliese
Bright colorful glass houses are an exciting urban and artistic twist on an old garden standard.  The familiarly known Fruin Farmhouse - also called Kolonihavehus was made by artist Tom Fruin who has also created cool colored glass installations all over Brooklyn, New York (I particularly like this water tower). Set in North Brooklyn Farms  it is part of an urban garden that also features a vegetable garden, farm stand and event space that overlooks the NYC skyline.  I'm eager to check it out - if for no other reason than to have some fun snapping my own images of this pretty building with the bridge and the city in the background.  North Brooklyn Farms is right next to Domino Park (named for the Domino Sugar Refinery that once held this spot) ...
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My Chicken Coop Garden Makeover + A Clever Edger How-to

Chicken Coop garden makeover window box
I'm still marveling at my super woman powers.  Last weekend I took on an epic challenge - I had three graduation parties to attend, single parent responsibilities (due to my husband's business trip), and a chicken coop garden to singlehandedly makeover.  And when I say makeover, I mean inside and out, plants, trees, grass flowers, painting, siding repairs - all of it. Four days later, I am still bone tired. But I seem to gather energy every-time I walk outside and enjoy the pretty and organized new view.  I think I need to just go roll around in the new garden to soak up enough fuel to get me through this weekend (2 more parties, fathers day and houseguests - I seriously need a weekend ...
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Outside Window Seats

I'd love to have a house that has just as many inside window seats as it does outside window seats. image by Amit Gosher via contemporist
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My Easy Strategy to Phase out a Struggling Lawn

My Easy Strategy to Phase out a Struggling Lawn
It's not my style to obsess about a perfect carpet of lawn but I do have standards for health that are just not being met by the hapless turf that tries to cover the dirt in front of my house. Do you struggle with an area of your lawn? Have you considered that maybe traditional grass isn't the best option for the area? My area suffers from overhanging pines, a combo of dry shade coupled with a few hours a day of blazing hot sun and moisture starved and highly acidic soil.  Despite years and countless efforts to establish a healthy (chem-free) lawn - I've decided to stand down on the grass and go in other directions. In the garden, I increasingly find myself taking ...
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A Visit to The Garden In the woods

A visit to the Garden in the Woods - columbine
Dear Friends, Would you like to take a tour of the New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden In The Woods with me? I visited last week when the trilliums and other spring blooming plants were approaching their peak.  As I arrived I was trying to remember the last time I has been and realized that I my memory of the place was distinctly tied to being pregnant with my son.  So I could easy place my last visit to 12 years ago. As with any garden, things evolve change significantly in 12 years.  Mostly I think I noticed how it has all come together a bit more. It is a wonderful place to gather plant inspiration for a woodland style garden or a garden that ...
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How to Plant a Tree So That it Doesn’t Die

How to Plant a Tree So That it Doesn't Die
Whose fitbit steps have multiplied in these last few weeks?  I absolutely love watching the fitness numbers tick up as I bustle around the garden, spring cleaning, pruning and installing some new plants. It's the epitome of the good type of multi-tasking.   I've got a few significant projects that I've taken on for this spring season and I am looking forward to sharing each of them with you and hopefully passing on a few tips that you might be able to use in your garden as well. The first two projects are out in the front of my house.   For years, I've used the planting bed adjacent to my front door as a holding area for new things that didn't yet have a ...
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Save the Bees! Bee Humor From a First-Time Beekeeper

Save the Bees! - A Bit of Bee Humor from a very funny Beekeeper (illustration by Abbey Lossing)
"Bees?" "Bees." "...BEES?" "Yes, bees." "You seriously want to get bees?" asks Chris, standing in our kitchen staring at me as if I’d just declared that I wanted to start a blue whale farm in our bathtub. My tangible enthusiasm for the idea deflected off his "Mighty Force Field of Logic" and bounced around the room, further energizing me, yet having no impact on my husband, its intended target. This should not have been a surprise to him. I’ve always been intrigued by bees. The social order they maintain and the work they are able to accomplish despite having brains the size of a sesame seed fascinated me. I wanted more. "You recognize the liability involved in that. And how much does it cost to ...
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