Wednesday, April 30, 2014

the SCENT of spring is budding

A honeysuckle vine (lonicera japonica 'Halliana') is
miraculously reviving itself after the longest, hardest winter on record.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

a Study of Harmony

Exploring ways to integrate stone in "small" urban gardens.
Transforming and elevating the garden and exterior living space
in new and surprising ways.

 Adachi Museum of Art Garden, 
Yasugi City, Shimane Prefecture, Japan

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

not just another Tree

For this Earth Day, think on the Bristlecone pine.
Some of these species have been around for 5000 years 
and its sculptural forms are awe-inspiring.
They can be found in Nevada, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, 
Arizona and California. 

 Photo credit: Rick Goldwasser

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Money Grows on Trees

Planting a tree on your property can 
increase its value by as much as 15%.

Other persuasive reasons to plant a tree:

                             1) Trees add beauty to your home and neighbourhood.

                             2) Trees actively clean the air around your home. 
                                 They work to absorb pollutants and store carbon 
                                 reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
                             3)  Homes shaded by trees can save 10-30% in 
                                  air-conditioning costs compared to homes 
                                  without shade.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Season Bulbs with Cayenne Pepper

This is a spicy aromatic remedy to deter urban wildlife*
from devouring cherished spring bulbs.
Sprinkle liberally, no harm will come to the critters. 
They will simply carry on and forage at a
garden banquet more in line with their taste buds.

*squirrels and chipmunks
eschew crushed red pepper too

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Something amazing is happening...

 Diane's* curled petals are unfurling just as the thaw gets underway.
The showy performance is in advance of spring bulbs and it's reassuring...
winter is indeed over.

*Diane Witch Hazel (Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Diane')