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Found! Pretty Parasols for the Bohemian Garden

Sunbeam Jackie Vintage fabric garden Parasols
It is the first warm(ish) weekend of spring and there is no more snow predicted (whoot!). By Sunday evening I'm hoping to tuck into a lovely holiday dinner knowing that my body earned the extra calories of those au gratin potatoes - having cleaned up countless piles of spring garden debris. Every spring I seem to want to try styling my patio a little differently for the season ahead. Do other designers have this sort of style ADD? I hope (and suspect) so (right?).  Last year I wanted something clean and modern - where as this year I'm feeling more bohemian and contemplating how to loosen things up a bit. These garden parasols caught my eye - I'm surprisingly charmed by the chintz.  Don't ask me ...
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They Are Too Big! 4 Great Alternatives for Beloved Plants that Don’t Fit

Great alternatives for beloved plants that are just too big
How on earth did that small arborvitae I planted in front of the house get so huge? It happens all the time. Either a previous owner, or maybe it was you, planted something that was tiny when it was new, but over the years it has slowly turned into a hulking monster. It is really hard to imagine the size that a shrub or tree will eventually achieve even a few years, let alone when it is fully mature.  Plant companies and breeders know that this a common problem so the influx of dwarf (or latin 'nana') varieties are very common.  But if there is no dwarf, you may find you need to seek out other options.  Here are some smaller options for four of ...
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A Look at John Brookes’ Denmans Garden

Birds flying at John Brookes Denmans garden by Lenora ellie Enking by cc_
I thought I would share some images of a garden called Denmans which was the home of famed British garden designer John Brookes.  Brookes passed away a few days ago and it has me thinking not only about the way we live our lives - thoughts that always come to me when I hear about someone dying - but also about the special places that we leave behind. Any garden, left uncared for, will do exactly as it would if it were cared for.  It will evolve and change.  Of course the tended garden will yield to the will of the gardener (at least to some extent) where as the untended will grow and creep and generally become wild again. I'd adamantly argue anyone who ...
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The Books You Need to be a Successful Garden Maker

The books you need to be a successful garden maker
Years ago I wrote a post about the 8 books every garden creator should own.  I've revisited it a few times since and found little need to update what I said back then. Until now. I realize that while I still insist that you need at least one book about gardening in your region and you also must have at least one plant encyclopedia - there is another type of book you really ought to have.  It is a hybrid of these two types of books. A gardening book for your region will help you to understand the seasons and the culture of growing where you live.  It will also give you advice on how to care for plants that are typically favored by gardeners ...
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Plant Design Boot Camp

Announcing Planting Design Boot Camp taought by Rochelle Greayer (Garden Designer and creator of PITH + VIGOR)
Doors To Planting Design Boot Camp Close In: Create Beautiful Planting Schemes & a Stunning Garden Without Wasting Your Time & Money on the Wrong Plants STOP! Don’t Even Think About Going to the Garden Center With Out A Planting Plan! Why? Because we all know how the story ends... ...A whole bunch of money gets spent on a whole bunch of beautiful plants. But they don't create what you were hoping for in your own garden. Again. <sigh> or ...Overwhelm sets in, things get weird, decision making capabilities screech to a halt and the next thing you know, you are soothing yourself with a 500 calorie frappuccino. or ...Everything seems fine, you think you got this, but then a few weeks later all the plants that ...
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Raquel Rodrigo’s Urban Garden Cross-Stitching

I gave up cross stitching after some serious burnout from making a pillow for a sorority sister back in college. But with colorful cording and fencing wire, I think I might be back in the game.  I need more flowers on my house and I love the way Raquel Rodrigo's Urban Garden Cross-Stitching looks on a black garden wall. And you know how gardeners and garden designers are always trying to come up with good plant pairings?  Well a whole new world of combos just started swirling in my mind. Check out more of Raquel Rodrigo's Urban garden cross-stitching on her facebook page. via colossal    
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Fernando Caruncho Deserved It

garden design studio of/ by fernando caruncho
The Society Garden Designers help their annual awards ceremony on Friday night and as I checked out all the winners in earnest - I was most pleased to learn that Fernando Caruncho was given the lifetime achievement award. His work has been an inspiration for me for many years.  As I am wrapping up the first run of Garden Design Bootcamp, I thought this video that was produced in honor of the event and award was such a great inspiration for anyone who is thinking about designing (or re-designing) their landscape. The pictures of his own garden design studio are infinitely inspiring to me. I dream of working in such a place.  If you want to see more - check out this article in Arch. ...
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Trevor Dean Whatley’s Cool Landscape Typography

Trevor Dean Whatley landscape typography
I've got a backlog of open tabs (again) - all things I think are worth sharing with you - but that I haven't had time to write a whole cohesive post about.  My computer is getting sluggish because of it, so I need to shut those tabs down! I'm going to fire off a few short posts just to clear out the backlog - starting with Trevor Dean Whatley's cool landscape typography (which I am in love with). Pictures of unexpected typography in landscapes makes me happy.  It also reminds me of beloved artists like Any Goldsworthy.  There is something about finding wildly incongruous visual statements in a natural setting that really captures my eye.  Does it do the same for you? However, it makes me ...
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New Snowblower – Putting the Fun Back In Winter

New Troybilt Snowblower - Putting the Fun Back In Winter
How do you really feel about Winter? Yeah - Tell me about it. I'm a snowboarding, cozy nights, fireplace-loving, warm drinks kind of girl, but I'll be honest, the realities of the last 13 years in New England have put a damper on my winter loving ways. Back home (in Colorado) the snow comes and then it goes (over 300 days of sunshine, after all) - and then it comes again and it looks all pretty (again) and then it melts away. But here (outside of Boston) - it tends to stay, and it turns brown and gross. And the plowman that we have to hire due to the 100 yard-long driveway with the 5% grade at the end, just keeps pushing things around and ...
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The Language of Flowers: Combinations to Say What You Really Mean

The language of flowers - saying what you really mean - with flowers (click through for more msgs)
Have you ever read The Language of Flowers?  It is a sweet novel that will appeal to anyone who has ideas about living a charming life as a florist but who also loves a good story. I recommend it. As valentines day approaches, and in the spirit of the book, I think it is fun to think of messages that can be sent with flowers.  Maybe not traditional messages, but ones with a bit more nuance.  Sending messages through flowers was a trend among Victorians but ever the rebel, I tend to feel inclined towards more modern messages.  Something that would make your average priggish late-1800's lady flush. Here are some of my ideas... do you have any combos of your own? 4 Floral Combinations ...
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