Designing a Yoga Garden

Designing a Yoga Garden

For over 25 years, running has been a constant in my life but with the recent onset of knee pain, my orthopedist has advised I pick a new form of exercise — which has led me to yoga. I’ve toyed around with yoga as a way to stretch and meditate over the past couple of years, but…

Defining Your Garden Style – Plant Partners

Defining Your Garden Style – Plant Partners

As a designer I am not immune to creative dry spells – but the key to maintaining a steady stream of ideas is to know how to re-inspire yourself.   I gather inspiration from nearly every thing in my life; I never know when something is going to strike me in a way that causes…

January Planning

January Planning

It’s January, Are you in planning mode?  Yeah, me too. I’m planning windbreaks and barriers, berry gardens, possibly some new trees too, and the completion of my patio and arbor. You might remember this post about black slats from last summer (you know where I was all talk about getting the arbor over the patio…

Dark Scary Gardens: Inspired by Children of the Corn

I’ve been researching haunted houses in the area because my daughter wants to go to one for her birthday – followed by a girlie sleep-over. I’ve agreed to this plan, but fear it to be a really shortsighted idea since I have no idea how these six 10-year-old girls will respond to a haunted house. It…

Inspired By: Knot Gardens – Loose Knots

Knot gardens in your average American garden always seem to me to a be bit of a trick.  In their most traditional style of implementation…they come across as a little pretentious (IMO), slightly old-fashioned and unless you have a house that looks like an English Manor with a gardening staff to accompany it…they are are probably too high maintenance for the average homeowner. But…

Garden Whites Inspiration

I am having a little obsession with garden whites right now. I have recently discovered a ocupel of plants as well as some bird lovers accessories that I am eager to find a place for – either in my own garden or someone elses. I am a sucker for a beautiful leaf, and Allium karataviense…

Inspiration for Thanksgiving Floral Workshop

I’ve been outside snipping little bits, gathering tiny treasures from nature and making inspiration boards for the Thanksgiving Floral workshop that Rochelle and I are holding on the 14th. Todays board is all about berries. SO many colors, sizes and density of clusters to play with. – Roanne clockwise: callicarpa, crabapples, viburnum, cotoneaster, ilex Photo…

DIY: Great Halloween Ideas

DIY: Great Halloween Ideas

The starter motor in my car was dead this morning, so I have to drive the truck.  Driving the truck makes everything feel different.  It is the vehicular equivalent of rose colored glasses…except it makes me sing old country songs and desperately want to go junking – which I think I might do.  I have an appointment this…

Green Bottles

I am looking for a bit of inspiration for a couple of projects. I’m not sure that Gin bottles are quite what I need…but these are pretty exciting – just in general don’t you think? Gordon’s and The Conran Shop has teamed up to create 10 different papers that are gracing their bottles of Gin and…

Inspiration: Color Story Grape & Orange

I had a look through Mag Rouge this morning and was so inspired for fall container design and garden decor by this image from Ruby and Willow.  It is actually part of a whole spread but the idea of a color story around grape and orange seems so perfect for the season.  The seasons harvest –…