that space between art and horticulture

Coastal Reminiscences

Stormy Blues from Cafe View

Dear Jimmy,

As much as I enjoy gardening and seeing gardens, I sometimes welcome a respite. We’re constantly urged to make the last sowings of autumn vegetables and annuals at this time of the year, stake any perennials grown out of bounds, and monitor for insects and diseases. It’s a heady time, the sun high and hot, the air thick and reveberating with cicada song, and the vegetation…

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Yellow Rattle

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They have always been the romantic idyll of summer, evoking visions of blanket picnic lunches in the sun or maybe under the shade of a mature tree, beautifully marked butterflies erratically making there way to a destination, the sun casting a glow on all the flower colors dotted throughout with grasses swaying gently in a warm summer zephyr, causing…

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Weeds are flowers..

'Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.' - A.A. Milne, British Author, most famously known for Winnie-the-Pooh

Weeds are flowers..

'Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.' - A.A. Milne, British Author, most famously known for Winnie-the-Pooh

Sunday Clippings

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A tardy landing for Sunday Clippings means time whittled away in the garden rather than on the front porch sipping lemonade or cocktail! The weeds are growing rapidly as well as the desired subjects in the gardens, and the more we weed, the more they tend to appear everywhere! It’s a good feeling to see the tangible results since gardening rarely produces immediate effects! This week’s Sunday…

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Fragile and Resilent as a Poppy

Fragile and Resilent as a Poppy

Dear Jimmy,

Late May to early June is usually a jubilant time for me – the late spring growth has rapidly matured, the evenings stretch longer, and the vitality of foliage, still pristine and relatively unmarred, awakens the eyes jaded from winter. It is too the time of poppies -even the name ‘Poppy’ itself has a playful, pop-up art connotation, a concept that doesn’t take itself too seriously.…

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Summertime Reading

If you’re an experienced gardener like ourselves, chances are that you may have purged your horticultural library of books that are visually arresting, but offer little way of substance. One may argue that it is impossible to have too many gardening books – although I disagree about holding on some titles. After going through a phase of English-garden mania, I’ve given away or donated several…

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DeWiersse

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DeWiersse, West Lawn

West Lawn vista

Eric,

Since speaking last, I have traded “¡Olé!” for allée‘s and taken some time away from Spain to visit friends in the Netherlands, in a garden that has had so much influence on me. A few years ago, I spent some time here as a student and found the garden to have a large impact on my way of thinking about, experiencing, and approaching garden design. (This is where I read…

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Dutch Delight

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Traditions regularly weave their way through our lives, being passed from one generation to another without written instruction, following what those have done for ages before us. Some of these we enjoy, others not so much.  One beautiful Dutch tradition takes place on birthdays and is usually orchestrated by your immediate family members.  On their birthday, the person is celebrated with their…

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‘For those who…’

"For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home." -Simon Van Booy, British author, Everything Beautiful Began After  

‘For those who…’

"For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home." -Simon Van Booy, British author, Everything Beautiful Began After  

Sunday Clippings

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This week’s Sunday Clippings is relatively short – would it be that longer sunnier warm days are luring us out more and more? The garden is at its fullest growth as we struggle to keep apace with weeds, staking, and planting before the heat slows things down except for tropicals and annuals. There is an article on the Italian estate and garden La Foce in Tuscany – seducing us with dreams of…

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