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Friday Favorite: Snow

February 5th, 2016

After being in the mid-fifties on Thursday, we woke up to snow covering the ground and a forecast of 3-6″ to fall during the day.
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While I do love spring and appreciate it, I enjoy winter as well. Snow is vital to our gardens, it provide nitrogen and moisture for spring plantings. It protects our perennials with an insulating blanket. We will still get more snow in the weeks to come, winter isn’t even close to being over. I’m certainly going to relish these last few weeks of winter and hopefully will be able to get in a lot of snowshowing!

Do you get snow in your garden? When do you typically get your last snow?

Friday Favorite: Mass Plantings

December 18th, 2015

Mass plantings make a huge impact in any size garden, but especially in a large garden where too many plants can look messy. When Mr Chiots and I visited Longwood Gardens in September I was reminded of how amazing mass plantings were and how much I keep wanting to add ornamental cabbage to my garden.
mass planting of ornamental cabbage (1)
mass planting of ornamental cabbage
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mass planting of ornamental cabbage 2
mass planting of ornamental cabbage 1
mass planting of ornamental cabbage 3
I must add ornamental cabbage seeds to my seed order this spring and make a reminder to seed them when appropriate. Hopefully I can pull something like this off next fall, I have just the spot for it behind that new boxwood hedge I planted.

Do you do any mass plantings in your garden? Do you add plants for winter interest?

Friday Favorite: My New Lamp

November 20th, 2015

Last week my trusty desk lamp died, poof, dark. It wasn’t that big of a loss since it was a cheap lamp I got on clearance many years ago. It’s actually been broken for years, but I kept using it because I dislike spending money on things that I don’t technically need. I knew exactly what I’d replace it with, I’ve been eyeing this mercury hobnail lamp from Pottery Barn for years.
new desk lamp
Lucky for me there was a wicked good sale and free shipping, so I ended up getting it for a song. Perfection in my little corner of the world. It makes me smile while I work, especially these days since the sun goes down at 4 pm and I need light to keep working. Now on to perhaps build myself a new desk…

Have you gotten anything lately that you’ve been wanting for a while?

Friday Favorite: Sunrise

November 13th, 2015

It’s interesting that at certain times of the year I notice sunrises and sunsets more than at others. This time of year the sunrises become the highlight of my morning. Perhaps it’s the fact that the leaves are gone from the trees allowing for a wider view, perhaps it’s that the sun rises right in front of the house instead of over to the east where I can’t see it as much.
sunrise
I suppose it doesn’t really matter why I notice it this time of year as long as I continue to do so. I love sitting in one particular chair letting the golden light shine in my eye while I drink my morning coffee.

Do you notice sunrises/sunsets more at certain times of the year?

Friday Favorite: Hedges

October 30th, 2015

Continuing with our tour of Heronswood garden in the Pacific Northwest, I had to post about hedges. I must admit, that a beautiful hedge makes me go weak in the knees. I’ve always dreamed about having beautiful hedges in my garden, but have yet to make that dream come true. I planted a short boxwood hedge in my Ohio garden (16 plants) and it was starting to grow out when we moved. Thankfully, the previous owners didn’t want the plants, so I dug them up and brought them with me. There are still in the nursery area, waiting until I have their final garden area finished. Most likely, they will be moved next spring to a new garden area right below the house.
Heronswood formal garden 2
Heronswood formal garden 1
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On Wednesday, I talked about the scalloped hornbeam hedge at Hersonwood, behind this garden is a lovely formal garden with box lined triangular shaped beds. These beds are filled with a riot of colorful perennials that grow up and out and spill over the box borders. Here are just a few of the lovely flower spilling out of the box borders.
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The beauty of a box hedge is that it contains some of the chaos that can happen in a perennial garden. It provides structure that grounds all the other plants. I can only imagine how lovely this garden looks in the winter, when all the flowers have faded but the bones of the box remain, it must be stunning!
Heronswood formal garden 3
Heronswood formal garden 4
Heronswood formal garden 5
Heronswood formal garden 7
Heronswood formal garden 8
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I will never have hedges to this scale in my garden, at least not unless I hire a gardener to help me maintain them. There are still things I can take away from a garden like this. Even on a small scale, a hedge can something beautiful in the garden. So often we look at grand gardens like this and feel like we can never achieve anything like it. The truth is we can, we just have to look work within our boundaries. Even a five foot box hedge will provide the same feel in your garden.

Do you have any hedges in your garden? What’s your favorite hedge plant?

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