Garden Gallery: Alchemy Gardens’ Staircase to Nowhere

Garden Gallery: Alchemy Gardens’ Staircase to Nowhere

Folly Builder. Can you think of a better business card title?  I wonder if anyone in the US has that title?   Folly’s are much more common in the UK where Paul Taylor runs Alchemy Gardens- a specialist folly building company. I’m updating this post as I just came across this new project by Alchemy Gardens….

Garden Design Details – Black Slats

Garden Design Details – Black Slats

I am desperately trying to finish off some projects that have been carrying on for too long.  One of which is the pergola over the cobblestone patio that I laid last fall.  I have just finished putting the polymeric sand between the stones and now I need to turn my attention to the pergola that…

Father’s Day Gift Idea: Little Stone House

My husband never fails to point out how much he loves the handful of small stone houses that are scattered hills around where we live. I have to admit, there is something especially charming and loveable about old stone homes….the type that seem like Hagrid might have just moved out of. We are not moving…the…

The Green Barn

I know this news might not be as exciting to you as it is to me….but nonetheless my excitement for this announcement borders (irrationally) on the level of engagements and new babies.  WE HAVE DECIDED ON A PAINT COLOR FOR THE BARN! I know that might not seem that momentous ….but given that we have mulling it…

Instant Garden Party: Boxman Studios

  I’m planning a heck of a party this summer and ground zero for the shindig will be my barn.  I’m lucky to have a barn (centered in my garden) where such an event can play out — but if I didn’t — I’d be all over this Boxman Studios option.  Boxman Studios have converted shipping containers into movable,…

Before & After: Heartwood Roses’ Greenhouse

I have greenhouse envy (especially this time of year where, I had something lovely like this, — there would be a whole load of little plant babies soaking up the spring sun stuffed inside). Pictures certainly convey a thousand words…so I will let them do the talking.   Read More

How to Build a Stick Fort

Toys that leave something to the imagination are hard to come by.   Even harder are those that actually aim to encourage your kids to go outside and make something original.  So when I stumbled across stick-lets I immediately pre-ordered a couple sets (they are already sold out and so you will have to wait…

Before & After: Rebecca & Staffan’s Terraced Garden

Before & After: Rebecca & Staffan’s Terraced Garden

This is a special Valentines edition of our Thursday garden makeovers.   Its pretty flowers and charming white walls are so valentines cheery. But mostly I picked it because of this – this is Rebecca & Staffan’s wedding picture — right there in the under construction garden next to the concrete mixer.  Making a garden together (and a…

Garden Gallery: Jerry’s Desert Rooms

Garden Gallery: Jerry’s Desert Rooms

I find the idea behind Jerry Sohn’s desert garden rooms unbelievably inspiring.   Wanting a place in the vast landscape of the Mojave Desert  (where he owns a small house),  he commissioned Architect Arata Isozaki to create rooms in this place — one for each season. Jerry likes to sleep outdoors with his family and enjoy the night…

DIY: How to Make A Hobbit House (In Your Garden)

DIY: How to Make A Hobbit House (In Your Garden)

Hayden Regina – creator of the Hobbit Houses at Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Niles, Michigan – is joining us today to share how he created a set of charming little houses in the gardens from simple materials that cost around $250 each.  Who doesn’t want to live like Frodo and Bilbo? Or at least pretend…