Yearly Archives: 2010

2010 Top 5 Posts–Yours!

I’ve never done a “top”  list before.  I was interested in what everyone was here was reading so I took a look at the numbers.  As a landscape designer I’m interested in trends–self generated as well as user generated. The … Read more

LABELS: American Architecture, Art, color, Design, fashion, Film, Garden Design, Garden Designers Roundtable, Garden Styles, Gardens, inspiration, Trends Leave a comment

Monday 46 | A Year of Mondays

Snow.  Too much to go out into the garden where the drifts are well over three feet.  My boots aren’t that tall!  The photo was taken from the warmth inside to the garden through the bathroom window screen.

LABELS: winter, Year of Mondays 2 Comments

In my Reader…Happy Holidays

‘Twas the night before Christmas…and all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. Happy Holidays all!

LABELS: Garden Styles 4 Comments

Happy Holidays…from Santa

Thomas Nast drew his images of Santa Claus not far from where I live in Morristown, New Jersey more than 135 years ago.  Those visions have become ours.  Happy Holidays!  There will be one more post, on Friday of  this … Read more

LABELS: Garden Styles 1 Comment

Monday 45 | A Year of Mondays

It was bound to happen.  A new member of a carefully adamantly warned lawn and clean-up crew went nuts with his string trimmer.  I didn’t catch him totally on time.  I abhor string trimmers and gas powered garden tools in … Read more

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In my Reader…a winter list

As a landscape designer in the northeast United States, winter is a relief.  I can read for pleasure without feeling the nagging sense that I should be doing something else.  Here are some of the books I want to read … Read more

LABELS: books, Garden Design, Garden Styles, Gardens, winter Leave a comment

Garden Inspiration | Garden Designers Roundtable

I graze across disciplines, media and firsthand experience to feed my ever growing habit. Here are five (of the many more) ideas from the past year that have inspired me.  Some have been included in previous posts, others on my … Read more

LABELS: Design, Film, Garden Styles, garden visits, Gardens, inspiration, Trends 11 Comments

Monday 44 | A Year of Mondays

It’s grey.  It’s damp.  It’s winter.   It’s challenging to find something interesting going on.  I’ve hit a wall of mostly sticks and stones.  I suppose that’s fine since there’s so much going on at this time of the year outside … Read more

LABELS: Garden Styles, Gardens, winter, Year of Mondays 1 Comment

In my Reader…Fernando Caruncho

I was reminded of  Spanish landscape architect Fernando Caruncho‘s work late last spring while on a garden crawl with fellow designer Jane Derickson.  Several years ago I had read and article about Caruncho’s work in New Jersey by Anne Raver … Read more

LABELS: Garden Styles, inspiration, Landscape Design, landscape designer 3 Comments

Abies koreana ‘Silberlocke’

If you are looking for a festive evergreen that looks like it has come pre-decorated with snow and ornaments…try Abies koreana ‘Silberlocke’ (also known as Horstmann’s Silberlocke and Silver Snow).  When I first saw this small evergreen tree (15-20′ at … Read more

LABELS: Abies koreana 'Silberlocke', Garden Styles 5 Comments

Monday 43 | A Year of Mondays

The colors of winter.  It’s gotten very cold and except for some oaks, there are no leaves clinging to their branches.  It’s a time of texture in the garden.  A quick trip in and out tells the story most days.

LABELS: winter, Year of Mondays 1 Comment


I apologize for the look of the sidebar.  Some times a little knowledge and a lot of bravado isn’t a good thing.  …I was messing with it and can’t fix it until Monday when I get some more experienced technical … Read more

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In My Reader…The Style Saloniste

In my reader this week is The Style Saloniste by well known interior design and architecture author Diane Dorrans Saeks.  As you’ve probably figured out by now, I read a wide range of things.  This week is all about passion.  … Read more

LABELS: American Architecture, Antiques, Art, fashion, inspiration 2 Comments

Holiday Hayracks

I usually do something far more simple for holiday decoration for the hayracks that hang on the front of my studio.  This year, however, the cocoa fiber liners were really nasty and needed to be removed.  So I was faced … Read more

LABELS: celebrations, Containers, Garden Styles, Planting Design 7 Comments

Monday 42 | A Year of Mondays

I went out into the garden this morning with clear intent.  I found what I was looking for, but it was not the most interesting to me.  Last night was cold.  Frost was still on the remaining leaves of plants … Read more

LABELS: autumn, fall, Gardens, Year of Mondays 1 Comment

In my Reader…Sparkling Ink

In America this week, it’s all about the thankful feast.  A feast of family, a feast of travel, and a feast of food.  In honor of that, I’ve decided to digress from my usual garden and design oriented entries and … Read more

LABELS: Entertaining, Photography 2 Comments

Garden Designers Roundtable: Romantic Garden Dining

It seems curious, as it gets cold here in late November,  that I would be thinking about dining outdoors, but  I have a secret.  I collect images of ultra-romantic outdoor furniture suitable for dining and tabletop accessories in hopes of … Read more

LABELS: Dining al fresco, Entertaining, Garden Styles 12 Comments

Monday 41 | A Year of Mondays

I have a new contender for the last blast of color for the year.  One of the new plants I added to the garden this year was a Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’.  I used the one I planted for a … Read more

LABELS: autumn, Cottinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit', fall, Fothergilla gardenii, Year of Mondays 4 Comments

In my Reader…Brent Comber

I have to admit that I’m a serial saver to Delicious.  If I’m short on time, ‘Save a new Bookmark’ gets clicked.  Since I’m busy, it gets clicked often.  Sometimes I forget I’ve bookmarked something that I really, really meant … Read more

LABELS: Art, inspiration 2 Comments

Not so green…walls

True confession…I find most green walls…well…too green.  I find them to be dramatic, but my brain needs visual space and covering everything from head to toe in plants is not always my idea of  beauty.  Well, it is in the … Read more

LABELS: Design, Garden Design, Garden Styles, Landscape Design, Planting Design 10 Comments

Monday 40 | A Year of Mondays

The view from my studio is totally red…but this is about the garden.  Every year in mid-November this street tree, an Acer rubrum, puts on the most reliable and spectacular show.   It is only marginally visible from the far end … Read more

LABELS: autumn, fall, plants, Year of Mondays 3 Comments

In my Reader…Hiroki Takada

This one will be short and sweet since I’m extraordinarily busy this week.  The Tea Ceremony chair from Japanese designer Hiroki Takada is remarkable in its simplistic beauty–like much of classical Japanese design.  I want to see this in a … Read more

LABELS: Design, Landscape Design, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 2 Comments

Fall as Spring Garden Inspiration

This fall has been particularly inspiring for its color.  It’s been a while since I did a post on color and this one is going to be a little bit different.  I want to try and use the fall foliage … Read more

LABELS: color, Garden Design, Garden Styles, Gardens, inspiration, plants 3 Comments

Monday 39 | A Year of Mondays

Today it really feels like winter is settling in.  The wind is blowing, the last of the leaves swirling in the air and the sky above is grey. Color is more subtle now.  It will be another month before  it … Read more

LABELS: Creative Process, Gardens, Seasons, Year of Mondays 2 Comments

In my Reader…The Outdoor Stylist

There’s a new website dedicated to outdoor style.  The Outdoor Stylist is the brainchild of Anne Robert who has been reporting internationally on garden features, accessories and furniture via her My Urban Garden Deco Guide site for several years.  Covering … Read more

LABELS: Landscape Design, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 2 Comments

Circular Swimming Pools

I’m working on a landscape design that will incorporate a round pool.  I’ve been meaning to write about circular swimming pools for a while and have been collecting inspiration images on garden visits.  Round pools can stand on their own … Read more

LABELS: garden visits, Gardens, inspiration, Landscape Design 2 Comments

Monday 38 | A Year of Mondays

Today was a mad dash between two late season garden design projects and I didn’t get into my own until late.  I was totally fascinated with the light and debris on my simple path. I won’t love it so much … Read more

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In my Reader…The Sketchbook Project

I am going to participate in The Sketchbook Project. Artists from around the world all interpret the same small sketchbook.  Anyone can participate.  For $25 you are sent a small Moleskin sketchbook to fill according to a theme you choose … Read more

LABELS: Creative Process, inspiration 6 Comments

Stoned…as in patios and walls

As a designer, I need to know a vast number of resources to enable me to solve a any number of  design problems, so last Saturday I spent the morning in the company of other  landscape and garden designers at … Read more

LABELS: dry stone walling, patio stone, Stone 2 Comments

Monday 37 | A Year of Mondays

This seems to be a visual oxymoron.  Is there such a thing?  I bought this beautiful Cornus kousa ‘Samaritan’ earlier in the season as a gift to myself.  I rarely buy plants. Its red tipped fall color seemed to be … Read more

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