Modernity In A Water Feature

Today I just like this pond. It is so simple in scheme and modern in idea, yet, evokes timeless emotions of the river’s edge. How soothing it must be to live in this room. The landscape architect, Stephen Woodhams, in London, captured the essence of rural privacy and balled it into an urban setting. (And, of course, I don’t mind the topiaries to the right, either!) I found this photo in the book, Small Space Gardens, by David Stevens.

Mother Nature’s Curfew

As the Fall deepens towards Winter, I keep getting caught at sundown still in the garden. I begin to really love my lanterns for that hour of twilight that seems so socially graceful this time of year. This beautiful photograph is by Christian Sarramon in Ines Heugel’s book, Classic Garden Style. It is almost due back at the Library and I have certainly poured over it’s pages for inspiration this last month. I highly recommend it.

Overwintering Like It Is Spring

This morning was my zone 8b’s first frost of the season. And, caught us a bit off guard. Driving the coast this morning to class, I began dreaming of what to overwinter in my house this year. Frost does that to me. I have always lived in drafty houses…from Los Angeles, California to Charleston, South Carolina. And, what better bright and happy flower than a primrose (Primulus)for a drafty winter window sill? They love to be cool and moist. Indirect bright light and night temps of about 50 degrees fahrenheit will make these come indoors quite well and be your friend during the short days coming.

Pleached Lindens Make the Best Screens

The Linden tree is used over and over again in great literature. Tolstoy spent a great deal of energy and delicacy describing these hard, yet, malleable friends, for example. Sometimes, in Europe, they are referred to as Lime trees or the Linden (Lover’s trees in German folklore) and they are part of the Tillia genus with about 30 sub-species throughout North America. They are gorgeously deciduous, turn great yellow in the Fall and are lush in the Spring. And, best of all, they can be planted close together and woven into a privacy screen. The process is called Pleaching.