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Sunday Clippings

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We may have passed the first day of spring here in eastern US, but the usual emblems of spring are late this year. This week’s clippings are largely environmental and fashionable – opposite spheres of conservation and consumption! There are a healthy sprinkling of art pieces as well. Spring fever must been causing a font of creativity to emerge as we gradually shift from being indoors to…

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Beet and blood orange salad with mint and goat cheese

Beet and blood orange salad with mint and goat cheese

Salad complete

This winter hasn’t been easy, what with the Hollywood-esque polar vortex and  below-freezing temperatures. Weather like this makes me crave both comfort food and bright citrus, a juxtaposition  that worked well in the dishes Eric and I prepared on a recent Sunday afternoon. The beet and blood orange salad with mint and goat cheese was bright and refreshing, yet hearty for winter. Pork loin…

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île de jonquilles

Tazettas have been 'rescued', collected in a wheelbarrow, and wait to be transplanted.
Dear Jimmy, Your post on daffodils reminded me how late spring has been this year in eastern U.S. Winter has been behaving like a dinner guest whose welcome has gone beyond stale, hence our ‘Tete-a-Tete’ and ‘Ice Follies’ have not flowered as they usually do at this time. The daffodils are only emerging, buds intact and tightly sheathed against the elements. However, their resilience has always…

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the changing of the guard: hello spring, death to winter

the changing of the guard: hello spring, death to winter

Sunday Clippings

IMG_6599Good morning! There are some really fantastic reads with this weeks edition of Sunday Clippings.  This large helping covers all of the topics we love, with a meaty morsel pertaining to creativity in fashion alone.  Running the gamut we cover  textiles, painters, photographers, fashion designers, birds, tablescapes, vegetables, our friend Deb Wiles, journalists, poets, and a favorite children’s…

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besides narcissism

In keeping with the narcissus theme this week,  we turn to another use for a mirror besides fawning over your own reflection.

besides narcissism

In keeping with the narcissus theme this week,  we turn to another use for a mirror besides fawning over your own reflection.

a tête-à-tête

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Narcissus at Madrid Botanical Garden

Narcissus at Madrid Botanical Garden

 Mr. Eric,

As I sit at my desk and write this to you, the Narcissus‘Tete-a-tete’ that I have planted on my terrace are now fiercely glowing silhouettes, brightly backlit by the sun that is also shining warmly on my face.  The smiling sun is a nice change from the cooler temperatures and gray days and from this late winter flu I have been entertaining these…

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Sunday Clippings

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Fashion week in London, New York, Milan, and Paris may have ended, but the importance of flowers and floral art is given its due in NY Times and Financial Times. Perhaps designers have the same thirst for spring like us gardeners. NASA publishes an image that underscores the impermanence of galaxies, even our own. On the conservation front, we have the alarm of declining crop diversity and an…

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Provided that the unseasonably temperatures have not frosted or browned the flowers, camellias… http://wp.me/s3iln4-3734

Striped Camellias in Kitchen Jar LQ copy

Provided that the unseasonably temperatures have not frosted or browned the flowers, camellias offer an early floral decadence matched only by peonies and dahlias later. The immaculate perfection of camellia flowers can look somewhat askew and discordant in free-flowing, naturalistic arrangements currently in vogue. If cut and placed as an individual bouquet, the flowers can be visually stunning…

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Inspiring Tasmanian Plant Vignettes

Orites acicularis (yellow bush) on the left, Gahnia grandis (saw sedge grass) on the right, and Cenarrhenes nitida (Port Arthur plum) in central by Lake Osborne

Sometimes the best antidote to the artifice of gardens is an excursion to a natural area where the human influence is minimal or nonexistent. Wild plant communities can humbly demonstrate how plants coexist together and how they can be interpreted for gardens. Surprisingly they can reflect the principles of planting design well. It was a point driven again during my recent forays in Tasmania,…

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Sunday Clippings

Hoping your weekend has been a good one, and wishing you a wonderful week ahead my friends.

Sunday Clippings

Hoping your weekend has been a good one, and wishing you a wonderful week ahead my friends.

Silvia Crowe, a must read

   Of all books written on the subject, Silvia Crowe’s,  Garden Design, published 1958, remains top of the list, held high and praised by others for a reason. 

Silvia Crowe, a must read

   Of all books written on the subject, Silvia Crowe’s,  Garden Design, published 1958, remains top of the list, held high and praised by others for a reason. 

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