Thursday, January 26, 2012

January 26 2012

The USDA put out a new-updated Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
Much to my surprise we are now Zone 6b.
After being a Zone 5 all my life this is going to take some brain changes. One side of me (the gardener) loves this, It freaks out the other side ( global warming).

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January 17 2012

Gratitude is the fairest blossom that springs from the soul.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

living in the garden

Sunday, January 15, 2012

January 15 2012

A couple of years ago, Restoration Hardware went totally neutral. Gun metal grey, weathered wood, nubby linen and burlap. Left alone this is very cold and stark to me. Add a few plants or cut flowers and these textures and colors transform into a room that is both calming and restful.









all images: restorationhardware.com

Saturday, January 14, 2012

January 14 2011


The world is a mountain in which your works are echoed back to you
~ Rumi


Washington State- Scotty Thompson

Saturday, January 7, 2012

January 7 2012

Arbors 3 ways...

A gateway, portal or a structure to hold up vines. Arbors can be a meaningful entrance point to a garden or provide an artistic flag to guide the visitor along the intended path. Gardens are stories, arbors can be used as commas, a place to slow the mind.

rustic twig

cement faux bois



dimensional lumber

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January 4 2012

I garden because...

The manipulation of space and material never fails to inspire me. I know in my bones that we are each meant to garden in one way or another. With a shovel or without.

Butchart Gardens- Canada


Glendale Gardens- Canada

Hatley Park-Canada


Hatley Park- Canada

Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2 2012



We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.
~ William Osler

photo~living in the garden~2009

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A new year



a peaceful new year to you.

photo~living in the garden~summer 2009