Amongst the flowering annuals and perennials in my garden, I’ve also planted an array of herbs that I’m really enjoying this summer. The basil, sage, tarragon, rosemary, dill and oregano are all thriving and producing nicely … challenging me daily to think of new ways and recipes to use them all up! This is not […]
Is there anything more satisfying than growing a plant from a seed? I’m hard pressed to think of much that has filled me with more pride than seeing the first sprouts emerge from the lettuces I planted 6 weeks ago. Following the advice of a gardener friend, I was careful to plant one row in […]
While visiting the New York Botanical Garden to see the “Emily Dickinson’s Garden - The Poetry of Flowers” exhibition my friend and I also stopped in to see the Antique Garden Furniture Show and Sale that was being held there simultaneously. Though I was drawn in with just the promise of antique fountains, birdbaths, statues, and urns, I […]
Sometimes there’s no need to look further than your garden for color combinations that truly inspire. Leave it to nature to mix palettes up in interesting and unexpected ways. Honeysuckle, for instance. The very audacity of combining pink and orange! Aren’t those colors supposed to clash? But seen in the context of the lovely flowering […]
The past week has seen so much beautiful new growth in my garden and yard. The sprouts from everything from ferns to cherry blossoms are beginning to emerge and its as if the party is just about to begin. I’ve been photographing everything possible to capture these springtime lovelies as they come alive.
Aaahh…. it’s official! Springtime has arrived when the azaleas bloom! Despite being a New York transplant for many years now, deep down I am southerner and my biological clock that measures the seasons doesn’t kick in until the hill behind my home literally glows from the showy azaleas planted there. Hot pink. Red. Coral. White. […]
Nothing heralds springtime quite like the early flowering bulbs that peak through the earth even before the blades of grass do. Masses of dafodils and muscari are lavishing my garden with color right now along with a few Azaleas and Bleeding Hearts. I’m clipping furiously to bring some of their abundant goodness and color inside […]
I am so pleased to unveil my first designs for the newly launched Keds Designer Collective. Using the freshest, newest patterns from Wooster & Prince’s best selling collections, I created a line of Keds that, to me, perfectly blends vintage surface design with this classic American icon. We had such a great time interpreting which […]
There’s no secret in the fact that it’s the simplest things in life that provide the most happiness. And this week I discovered that little lesson once more when my 8-year old son and I opened the lid of the compost bin we started last summer. Amazingly …miraculously … in the span of a few […]
Just as your home decor speaks to your personal design sensibility, the garden “decor” you choose speaks of your ability to integrate man-made structures into nature.
With lists of flowers, bulbs and herbs swirling around my mind, I decided today is the day to make the first draft of where these goodies will be planted. Being an entirely visual person, it all begins with a hand-drawn sketch (my “sloppy copy”, as my boys call it) that I then re-draw in Illustrator. Just as with my design work, beginning with a sketch helps me organize my thoughts and gives me time to find a direction that feels right. Moving the idea into Illustrator allows me to create a garden framework that I can re-arrange to my heart’s content. So much easier than moving the plants themselves!