Getting an Early Start  – Growing Turmeric, Ginger, Rosemary & Sage

Getting an Early Start – Growing Turmeric, Ginger, Rosemary & Sage

Are you an early spring indoor seed starter? I am not. Not that I wouldn’t like to be, but frankly I just don’t have the patience for the shenanigans I have to go through to do it successfully. I always get leggy, cat chewed, weaklings that seem highly un-worth the fact that I literally have…

The Nearly Done Office (with the help of a Modernica planter)

The Nearly Done Office (with the help of a Modernica planter)

Slowly but surely my new office is taking shape. The hardest part for me is always the finishing touches. I still need to find, load-up and style the bookshelves, sort through a pile of paper that needs to be filed in my less than adequate system (dread!!), recover the sofa, and hang some more pictures. I…

A Shamrock (Oxalis) Rainbow

A Shamrock (Oxalis) Rainbow

I’m finding the ever- increasing variety of oxalis  (commonly called Shamrocks or Wood Sorrel) available to gardeners very inspiring. In the last decade (or so) it seems like the color and shape choices have exploded – there is – literally – a whole rainbow of elegant and interesting options.    So, in honor of all…

Wanted: Antique Forcing Pots

Wanted: Antique Forcing Pots

I came across this image this morning over on Old House Gardens’ page about forcing bulbs.   I’ve never seen such wonderful forcing pots and I would love to find something as charming as that hedgehog crocus pot for some late winter fun (but I’d be thrilled to have any of them!). A quick eBay search…

The Holiday Madness Begins

The Holiday Madness Begins

I’ve been to Lowes five times in the last three days. Isn’t that always how it goes when you are working on projects? I never seem to be able to account for all the contingencies for which I will need materials. This week was (is) kind of nutty. In addition to my own regular writing…

Mini Halloween Gardens

Mini Halloween Gardens

These planting ideas weren’t expressly presented as halloween ready by their creators…but I think they are perfect for the season don’t you? Why not dismember a dolly and use her appendages for planters?   (or buy these from Peacock Taco on Etsy) Or turn your terrarium into a tiny burial ground ?  (this one is…

Friday 5: Pale Green Garden Things That Caught My Eye

Friday 5: Pale Green Garden Things That Caught My Eye

Its Friday and I am getting an early start as I am headed down to the Newport Folk Festival!  It’s my first time, and its is my little people’s first real concert ever – I’m so excited for them.  I wish the weather were better though — it is rainy and not supposed to get…

How To Create Instant Summer Curb Appeal

The heat of July has hit and the garden’s summer doldrums have begin to set in.  With all the exuberance of early bloomers and the anticipation of beautiful late summer displays and fall colors, this time of the year can feel a bit of a let down comparatively. Things are looking a bit unexciting around here, so until…

Friday Five: Black & White Garden Goodies

    In this heat I am feeling anything but crisp and fresh.  Black and white always helps to sharpen things up so I’ve collected 5 black and white ideas for your garden.  Have a great weekend — stay cool. – rochelle 1. Cabana Bean Bag Chair  2. Victorian black and white checkered tile in the garden….

Garden Gallery: The Alchemist’s Garden

Garden Gallery: The Alchemist’s Garden

Should we take a little blogland trip to France?  Lets. Have a wander through the Alchemist’s Garden which is in Provence and is featured on About Gardens. I am taking inspiration from the White garden, the black garden and the red garden — Each are so striking and full of interesting ideas. Rills are fascianting…

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