Friday, October 12, 2018

Questions You Ask: Are They The Right Ones?

What type of landscape is best for you?  What type of landscape are you best for?  What type of landscape do you need?  What type of landscape do you want?  What type of landscape do you have?  What kind of landscape do you have time for?  What type of landscape do you want to have in 5 years?  What will your life be like in 5 years?  What plants do you want in your landscape?  What are the best plants for your landscape?  Describe your perfect landscape.  Describe the landscape best for you.
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Accidentally losing my hair this summer continues to elucidate.  Worse, or is it better, the results are humbling, unexpected, and pure Rolling Stones, It's not what you want.....

ɢᴀʀᴅᴇɴs • ᴘᴀᴛɪᴏs
Pic, above, here.
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This table, above, is quite dear, and multi-functional.  Used most often for florist staging, it's also a quick lone-lunch destination, and with little more effort, a dinner table.  Table, below, is ready for its florist staging.  Can't know what that should look like florist staged without seeing the interior of their home.
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Both venues, above/below, lean heavily upon simplicity, form, function.

 trees, yard, patio
Pic, above, here.
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More of the same, below, merely a different proscenium.  What is your proscenium for your outdoor table to have meals, and florist stage with simplicity, form, function?
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Hopefully I've already veered off your path for how you've been thinking about your outdoor eating area, especially if it's not what you want.  Not meaning, you should lean completely in to what you do want.  Outside, spaces want simplicity, form, function.  Nature is giving, yet capricious.  Not the same mandate when designing your interior spaces.
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How do I know these things for exterior dining, yet not my own hair?  It's not often I feel like Providence has treated me to a life lesson using..........  humor?
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Long, fine, Jan Brady blond hair for over 50 years, by choice.  What I know for sure about my newly short hair?  More complements in the past few weeks than all previous decades, combined.  Worse, most complements are from people I don't know.  People I do know pass by, zero recognition.  Both spectrums fascinating.
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More, the new hair meets the outside trinity of simplicity, form, function.       
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Outdoor – ombiaiinterijeri
Pic, above, here.
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Out to dinner, below, Beloved shot the slick backed hair.  Fun having the choice of slick backed, then loosened, all in the same day, or not.  Behind my head, there is no pony tail, bun, braid, twist, nothing.  And it feels good, no plans to let my hair grow.  After the initial week of drama, who knew that could or would be my consensus?
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At the front end of gardening, in my 20's, this landscape, below, would have been 'off' my radar.  It's on my radar now.  Why?  Easy to maintain, deer proof, accentuates the architecture, structure all year, can easily be dolled up for a party yet doesn't need to be, classic thru several centuries, puts the focus on you and your lifestyle with family/pets/friends, not creating a lifestyle of garden to-do lists each season.
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Pic, above, here.
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These landscapes, above/below, too stark for you?  No worries, start simple, add more later, if you wish.
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Pic, above, here.
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Simpler landscape choices amplify your relationship to Nature.  Not stuff.

 Quem é dorminhoco não come!
Pic, above, here.
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Simpler landscape choices let you have more of this, below, than worrying about garden chores.  Whether doing them yourself, or finding the right person to handle the chores.

 
Pic, above, here.
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In Garden Design less is more, yet exceptions exist, sometimes more is less.
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Read those Garden Design questions at the top again, you've already intuited they are about you getting the landscape you need.
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You Can't Always Get What You Want by Tomos Wilding, via Behance
Pic, above, here.

 
Pic, above, here.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO T
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How I lost my hair, the great debacle, here.
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Carolina Herrera Cross Pendant - Carolina Herrera Jewelry Looks - StyleBistro
Pic, above, here.
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Carolina Herrera, my new hair template, with her combined necklaces.  Adored her hair/clothes/jewels at 1st site.  A freshwater multi-strand pearl with semi-precious stones necklace mom gave me decades ago, lay unworn, until I saw this pic.  Have added several new crosses to my collection and have worn that pearl necklace many times, with various crosses, since the hair debacle.  How did mom know it was the perfect pearl necklace for me?  How did I not know?   And, what a cross Mick Jagger is wearing, above.
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    Meghan Markle attends day two of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on June 28
Pic, above, here.
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Another, fashion copy, above, learned during time of hair debacle.  Beloved bought me similar hat, above, in the Yucatan and my college Ray Ban aviators were 'somewhere'.  Have worn hat & Ray Bans dozens of times this summer.  Ray Bans hadn't been worn since college.  The hat, not at all.
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Miss long hair?  No.  Whew.  Why does that get-what-you-need have to arrive, most often, with such drama/trauma?

5 comments:

T Fitz said...

Tara ~ You look amazing and you ARE amazing ! Have learned so much from your blog and share it frequently with my friends and clients who are "real" gardeners. They always appreciate and comment. I don't think your readers ever got the details of the hair fiasco ~ Just that it happened. Unexpectedly. Regretfully at the time. So glad it lifted you ~ Elevated you ~ Empowered You. Yay You! Anything to our harm always ends to our good. Case in point ! I also need a hair refresh and the shedding of pounds as well (radiation killed the c and also the thyroid). AND I've always loved lemon, lime, vinegar, pickles ~ So I eagerly await the Tara Recipe. Please get it to us when you can ! Thanks for the joy (and knowledge) you share and spread. It's pretty great!!!! TJF

Dewena said...

No wonder you get compliments on your hair, what with your classic face and slim figure! Ms. Herrera has nothing on you, Tara. And obviously you have gotten what you needed and from now on will have what you want, a hairstyle you never knew would be so wonderful on you.

Garden dining? I'm very happy with what we came up with this summer as far as daytime dining goes, but we have no outdoor lighting in the area. Trying to figure a frugal way to have that by next summer.

David Cristiani said...

Only you would combine your new hair style with loads of garden concepts and rules! And you did it well, even this guy gets the design and timing in that.

Pam said...

I’ve been away for a while, just now catching up. I love your new look. Understand the turmoil involved in such a change. Your sharp wit, intellect, spirit, personality revealed in your writing and photos are quite powerful and IMO, your incredible new physical presence appears to perfectly align!

Vickie H. said...

A lovely garden post..as always....But MOST IMPORTANTLY: You LOOK AMAZING! You hair style is beautiful on you. Never saw you before, that I am aware of, but want to heartily support the lemonade you have made from lemons. Excellent job!