Showing posts with label Design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Design. Show all posts

Monday, August 31, 2015

In the Landscape: What Type of Backdrop is Your Home?

Ca. 1986, I gave myself, English Cottage Gardens, by Ethne Clarke & Clay Perry, below, for my birthday.  Hungry to learn 'everything' about designing gardens, I didn't learn 'more' about designing a garden.  Instead I learned what had the most impact in a garden.  Your house.
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Your home is the backdrop to your garden, and its main focal point.
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Until this epiphany, I gave house exteriors little to no consideration.
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Compare a common USA home to homes in English Cottage Gardens?  Not happening.
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Use a clear eye, aka honesty/integrity, not an easy lipstick-on-a-pig thought process.  Love your home into being a beautiful backdrop to your garden.  Because it is more, it is the backdrop to your life.
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Living in my starter home, ca. 1986, for less than a year, it was an incredible interior, to me, yet depressing exterior.  It gets worse.  Coming home after a weekend away, sometimes I would cry before walking inside my home.  Real tears.  Frustration at living in such an ugly house with a stupid landscape.  No money to change anything.  Poor me.  This is the exact situation teaching me there was much I could change.  As a little girl it was rather common to hear, Tara-the-Terror.  Delicious, she woke up.  My garden, and house, knew, 'game on'.
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Elements of the house, as backdrop to your garden, you must consider.  Views into your home, types of window treatments, interior lighting, no exposed views of the backside of a tv-sofa-pictures-etc, paint color, make the patio/deck a destination of comfort/beauty, need shutters, light fixtures outside, types of hardware on the front door, door mats, cable box/airconditioners, underside of a deck, views into the neighbors garage/RV, paths from the house into the garden, scale of plantings to scale of house, flow around the house, how does the house look from the curb, what do I see walking to your front door, what do I see walking out your front door, and any other tidbit, no matter how minute, fluff it up, regardless of your bank account.  You have a brain.  Use your IQ, figure it out.      
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I sourced exterior furniture, focal points, stone/brick, at garage sales, vacant lots (with permission), trash day gleanings, thrift stores, paint was from the returned paint section of the hardware store.  Plants came from sources in the Extension Service Market Bulletin, or the local nursery's plant-of-the-week, 97 cents, sometimes, $1.99. Mostly it was my own labor, and inner vision of what I had to have in my garden to breath to survive.  Patience, ick, had to be an element too.
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Years later, reading Karl Jung, "Our lives are about getting the outside to match the inside."  I did understand.
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Decades later this passion for a beautiful garden, and home, has not lessened, instead, increased, and still learning.  When garden epiphanies arrive now, they make me laugh.  Nothing is hard about creating a garden, instead it is the pealing away of ego.  Realizing the brain is obtuse to all a beautiful garden freely gives.
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Read, English Cottage Gardens, with your 'eye' analyzing house-as-backdrop.



Good backdrop, below, Sharon Santoni's home in France.

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Copy, is a huge tool in garden design.  Sharon's garden is a good example of be-careful-what-you-copy.  If you live in a 60's ranch, or 80's cluster home, as I did, this is not a garden for you to copy.  Why?  You don't have her backdrop to carry the weight of down time in her potager.  Come winter, what will you have?  Bleak.
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This situation, winter's bleak garden, creates another garden design tool.  Design your garden for winter, not only the ease of spring.  A garden beautiful in winter, will be beautiful in spring.
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Still want to have Sharon's garden in your 80's cluster home?  I did.  I addressed all of the 'house' issues listed above, and added evergreens to structure my garden throughout winter's bleak.  Done.
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Simple fix to have this potager, below, in front of your 60's brick ranch.  Add evergreen structure within the potager

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In comes that robber/foe/obtuseness of your labors/money/brain waves, you see the answers, you read the answers, yet don't execute.
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No worries, it's human nature, I did it at the front end too.
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In my new home/garden 2 months, it's the phase of patience.  Paying attention to sun/shade, drainage, flow, privacy, views, parking, destinations & etc.  Knowing, and letting, house renovations have their pace.  The urge to garden here is fierce, a foe at present, especially in the micro details.  Instead, Tara the Terror is vanquishing the foe with patience.  Stinks being mature about this.
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TtT is attacking another foe, having-too-much, and planning for a historic American farmhouse garden, deer proof, drought tolerant, little maintenance, productive in beauty/repose, and agriculturally with 'just-enough' fruit, berries, herbs, vegetables.  This doesn't mean, in the least, I don't want to work in my garden.  Working in a garden is a privilege of being on Earth.  Metaphor of washing-the-servants-feet, and with a free/happy heart.  The best parts of my life have come from this relationship.
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Garden & Be Well,  XO T
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Top pic from Amazon, order if you don't have it, bottom pics Sharon Santoni.

Friday, August 28, 2015

2 Odd Facts About Designing Your Landscape

Two odd facts about designing your garden, begin with an odder fact.  At the start of your garden design, plants do not matter, don't think about plants.
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Studying the best historic gardens you'll discover pics like this, below, its Garden Design rule self evident.  Exterior walls of your home must have 3-D interest.  Don't live in a grand estate similar to below?  Lacking casement windows, stone & brick, equatorial sundial, bespoke clothing?
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Live in a starter home with vinyl siding, no shutters, & hundreds of exact replicas surrounding you?  The imperative for 3-D'ing your exterior walls, greater.  Begin with shutters, moving on to espalier woody shrubs.  They need no support on the house, no trellis, no wires.


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Yesterday I had a consultation with a new client.  About 2 acres, mostly wooded, strong slope scattered through out, home neofarmhouse ca. 1980.  Four young children plus mom/dad.  Soon, 6 cars, not counting friends/family visiting.

She hired another designer before me.  Their ideas all began with removing loads of plant materials.  Not where I started, in the least.  Turning into their long winding sloped drive, 1st time, I knew before crossing that threshold they needed a golf cart or Gator.  Four garbage cans were wheeled to the top of the drive for pick up day.

Stopping in the drive, after a few hundred feet, to gain scope for the imagination, pure Anne of Green Gables, seeing, their front porch must be extended to wrap the corner.

Then, after more such gleanings, I met my client.  She loves boxwoods, and any plant with hydrangea in its name.  Deer love her hydrangeas more.

But I've gone ahead of myself, just as my client has.

Her landscape, now, is zero about plants.  Zero.  Her landscape has no FLOW.  No manner of getting from point A to B.  Before designing the first planting, FLOW must be designed into the garden.  Flow for cars, family, pets, guests, Gator, delivery trucks, and most importantly for the eye to flow upon views of beauty to focal points on axis & cross axis.
   
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Once FLOW is designed, deer issue addressed, her beloved boxwoods & hydrangeas can be designed into their perfect locations.

Before I left I gave her an assignment, "Do not think about plants."

Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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pics via Half Pudding Half Sauce.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The 'In Italy' Method of Garden Design






This is for anyone wanting a pretty garden yet abhors any hint of a Garden Design 'rule'.  Why would you?  You're smart, you're going to recreate the wheel, your Garden Design will be marvelous, anything done by anyone in any era will pale in comparison.  With sincerity, and your wallet, off you go to Home Depot, on mission.
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Beyond this, while typing 97 words/minute, twirling a bit of hair just above the right shoulder with my right hand at the same time, and glancing out the window into meadows with dairy cattle framed with century old pecan trees, I need go no further.  
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Aside from describing myself, it describes my favorite clients to work for.    
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One client, for sure, knows what's coming next.  Any sentence beginning, "In Italy....."  She smiles & freezes, knowing what is next.  The most fabulous bit of Garden Design EVER.
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  Italy was probably my 3rd/4th historic Garden Design study tour pilgrimage among a dozen plus.
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Have you already intuited the Garden Design formula, above?  In Italy, it is a formula to have a formally clipped low/medium evergreen hedge, fronting,  blowzy shrubs behind, and the serendipitously sited tall cone shapes.  Done.
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Contents of no importance aside from drought tolerant, cold/heat tolerant, no bugs/fungus, not invasive or too fast growing, etc.
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Now, look at the top photo again, as you have just read it scientifically pontificated.  No worries, I know who the doubting Thomas is, the spouse.
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Ok, moving on.
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In Italy, they place a pair of focal points, below, telling the eye & feet where to go.

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  In Italy, contrasted shapes-textures-colors, this trinity, below, never fails.


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In Italy, it is common to pair disparate objects as a focal point.  Below, obelisk on plinth.

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In Italy, common, below, to stay all green.  Do you see the beginning of the French style Garden Design, below?  In Italy, they will tell you French food is merely the French take on Italian.

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In Italy, just line it up, below.  You have know idea how many times this Italian Garden Design RULE has saved my a**.  Let it save yours !  I should do a coffee table book on this Garden Design rule alone.  In Oxford, Mississippi I took this Italian Garden Design Rule a step further.  A client had a few acres, and a major collection of old farming equipment, huge major pieces.  What to do?  Designed an evergreen backdrop tapestry hedge, read above again if you don't know what this is, and lined the equipment in front, Museum Style.
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Still so proud of myself for that bit of 'genius'.  Stealing not merely Italian, but from museums too.

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In Italy, whatever they serve & however they serve it, below, it is the Julia Child rule for food.
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Don't know the Julia Child rule for food?  If she said it, wrote it, did it, it's for you too.  Julia's best, "Asparagus is to be eaten with your fingers."  Seriously, she said this on one of her shows.  Occasionally I'll make a faux pas at a meal, the quick recovery, "Julia Child said to do it this way."

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More ammunition/proof for the In Italy method of creating marvelous?  How many gorgeous gardens will you see driving about USA today?
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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All pics, Ben Pentreath.  Don't know Ben, or Charlie?  Discovered their blog recently & am enchanted, you will be too.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Garance Dore Shoots Aerin Lauder's Southhampton Garden





Rare is the USA garden passed amongst generations.
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Aerin Lauder's Southampton garden began with her grandmother.
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More amazing than Aerin inheriting a lovely garden, she's kept it a lovely garden.  Without sacrificing her 'voice'.  Says much about her ego, confidence, talent.
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Photographer Garance Dore, below, recently shot Aerin's garden.


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Pruned hedge, above, a Flying Buttress.  The event for the table must be delightful, but how the vignette is framed by the photographer, magic.




Combing classic & modern, above.  Metaphor, Lauder's grandmother & Aerin.

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My mother-in-law was a professional photographer and this foodie shot, above, made me smile and remember how many hundreds of them she took, and, how she used food as a magnet gathering her grown children, their spouses, and grandchildren around her.  Only the best, and in decadent amounts
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Basket, above.  My basket collection is beyond decadence in quantity, must reduce, and my best antique basket is similar.  Perhaps Aerin inherited this basket from her grandmother.  Hope so, incredible having such a useful touchstone to someone she loved.
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Few garden photographers excite me.  Garance Dore, shooting Aerin's garden, feels like a gift, and a Madeleine.
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Enjoy the complete Garance Dore Lauder shoot, here.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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If you like good garden photography, enjoy, Clive Nichols.

Monday, August 3, 2015

How To & How Not: Creating a Landscape

Another example, below, designing a garden as backdrop to your life.
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What does that mean?
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Of course the ubiquitous necessities: beautiful, low maintenance, organic.
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"I can live without the necessities but I must have the luxuries," Miss Katherine Scott, close friend of my grandma, said in conversation when I was 8 years old.  Doubtless you already know Miss Katherine Scott taught Flannery O'Connor her first college writing class, English 101, General College Composition.
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Back to the garden & making it a backdrop to your life.
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Aside from being able to go into my garden, (note: any garden I design/install is forever 'my' garden) and shoot a roll of 36, each worthy of a magazine/book cover, impromptu life scenes must have incredible setting/backdrop, a daughter getting married, cats being crazy cute, a friend at lunch, a grandchild's 1st birthday party, a spouse arriving home with the great news of a big award, a teenager having a sweet 16 with her best friends, and etc...  


Designed, less than 5 years ago, path, above, on axis with the porch & opposite axis from drive, then overdosed theme with flagstones, pairs of boxwood, gate, etc.
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Photographer knew my intention, above, and it is the 1st bride's photo posted by the event planner.  
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This is how I 'check' my work, creating a life of its own.  
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Understanding the core value of Miss Katherine Scott in my gardens via these 2 photos, above/below.
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In college I was trained/taught to design gardens EXACTLY as, below.  Degreed less than 5 seconds I knew I couldn't design a garden to save my soul, or any soul.  With no money, but pure grit, I began 2+ decades studying historic gardens across Europe.
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Landscape of necessity, below.
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Garden of luxury, above.
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A whole bunch of free downloadable landscape plans! Borders, yards, patios, containers, sunny or shady.

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Cannot believe I saw this pic, above, recently, online.  Total incurves, outcurves, drifts, specimens, contrasting shapes, be sure to use odd numbers, contrasting textures.  Everything I went to Europe to unlearn.
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Understood Miss Katherine, age 8, five decades later, feeling as though I'm paid to play.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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Met with clients last Saturday morning to run through plan/bid for their garden.  Mentioned the garden as backdrop, to the husband, for all that is arriving ahead for their 2 little boys with events/pictures at home, knowing he was unaware of Miss Katherine Scott's motto, and his eyes glazed over a bit, he smiled politely.  No matter, the choice was made for him.  I can design no other way.  He will understand, his epiphany will arrive.  
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Top Pic, Brita Photography, bottom pic here.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Moved In: ca. 1900 Farmstead

Last week, below, feeding the chickens, an audience arrived.  How do animals this large appear at the fence within seconds, no sound?
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Our views of neighbor's dairy farm.  Soon, when more invasives are removed we'll have views of their lake and rolling Piedmont hills, the last, before the coastal plain.


Still moving in, over 3 days almost 50 boxes unpacked.  5 boxes refilled, heavily, and another Goodwill trip taken.
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How did I ever live without a front porch?  Boxes went to the dump each night.  Fear, not tidiness.  Did not want boxes sitting, and possibly finding a timber rattler in one.  


From the boxes, below.  Over 90% of china/ironstone unpacked.  Dining room has 2 built-in closets, this one, below, was for glass jars of fruit/vegetables.  At least that's what markings on the wood shelves report.
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The door, blessedly was not painted inside.  Made of pine, it has been faux painted, over a century ago, like an expensive wood.  Rest of the doors in the house were painted white.  Will never know if they had all been faux too.
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Shelves, below, go to 11' ceiling/wrap each side, and filled to overflow.
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This is solely colored china/ironstone.  Agreed, Houston we've got a problem.
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On the other side of the fireplace, below, blue/white china cabinet.
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White ironstone still in boxes.  Painting to be done before unpacking those.  Hardly near the top of our action list.


We've done nothing, below, to the garden, other than take what I brought from my last garden, a cottage garden, to Goodwill, or place on 8 pallets under a century old water oak.
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Driveway, below, a compacted meadow, and narrow.  Perfect for us, not our trucks.  Drama ahead.
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Soon, all foundation plantings, below, will be removed with the Caterpillar.  Excepting the camellias, at the end of the front porch, and 2 oleander at my office windows.
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Beloved & I wanted to get it done today, but finishing the pantry renovation beckons more loudly.


 A month living here, I braved my first nail.  House is ample, closet space not.  Basket on wheels is one of my longest & best employees when I lecture.  Files, shredder, printer etc in this closet too.


Mentioned above, drama, below.
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County permit department came, and we were approved to add another driveway.
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No trees will be cut.
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In a perfect world this would not be the new drive entry, it affects axis views, cross axis views, & enfilades of placing the new orchard, rose arbor, potager, smoke house.  For starters.
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What I know, for sure, after 3 decades of studying historic gardens, and designing them, issues in reality always make a garden better.
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Form & function.
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Beloved needs his driveway, and a barn at its end.
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Our new drive will curve, below, it has to, you read the list, above, for this new garden room.
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How long before our new curving drive looks like this, below ?
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More than a bit impatient.
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Life is good.

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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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Top pics mine, bottom pic, Pinterest

Monday, July 27, 2015

Choosing Chairs

Choosing chairs for your garden, a couple of things to include.  A chair back tall enough to lean the head back to rest or fall asleep.  And, arms.

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Lovely chairs, below, but after-dinner-conversation will flow longer, enrich & be funnier, sitting in the chairs, above.  Wine will taste better too.

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Table/chairs, top pic, large enough, perhaps conversation splits into 2 groups, and a pair of chairs are pulled away and closer to each other.
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When clients have a party I always have the same request, Please take pics of your furniture afterward.  I learn most, and adore learning daily, from gardens living/leveraging lives.
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Cote de Texas recently wrote about John Saladino, here,  and his various homes thru the years.  A rich article.  Almost a design course.  And, where both pictures were found.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara

Friday, July 24, 2015

Best Garden Design Rule for 'Eyesores'

Yesterday's surprise, below.
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We didn't know the wedding tent would have 2 sides filled with equipment.  Southern summer wedding, air conditioning happily wanted.  
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3 hay bales had been sourced for power box/satellite dish.  Those 'eyesores' no longer mattered, once a/c was set up.
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Game changer.
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Early in the day my contractor said there was no reason for me to stop by the jobsite, he could site the hay.  You know I was coming to the site.  Once there, I knew he wasn't about to let me leave, or site the hay himself.  Adore this type of horticultural humor.  180, not needing me to needing me, oh so rich.
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What you must know about eyesores in a landscape and focal points.  Easy garden design rule.  Basic.  One of the first I learned in college.
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If you have an eyesore, place a focal point nearby to draw the eye.



Every wedding guest will look at this view, above/below, walking from ceremony at the lake, to the barn.


Great serendipity, the hay bales are round, greater contrast with straight lines of tent/barn.


 More than hiding eyesore of a/c, I had the good fortune of pretending the hay bales had been left in the field, as they are across several counties at present.  Timing was good.


Seen from the barn, above, another axis for the hay bales to look 'natural'.


Contractor, above, leaving field after siting last hay bale, happily thinking, If mother of the bride is unhappy with hay placement, Tara gets-the-talkin'-to.  Better, he only had to site each bale once.
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Take away? If you have an eyesore in the garden, put a focal point nearby to draw the eye.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Pics taken at jobsite yesterday.  Could not get out of the field fast enough, and it wasn't because of heat/humidity.  With each step, looking down, making sure no fire ants or timber rattler !

Monday, July 20, 2015

Nancy Lancaster: Finding a Library to Copy


Garden Design has several first-rules-of-design, one of my favorites, COPY.  Don't take this rule, as I did for too many years, as a crutch or not unique.  Each site is unique, and, how YOU copy is unique.  End of theorem?  Copying is unique.
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Moving house after 3 decades I've discovered how much my library is woven through most layers of my life.  New home has no library.  With manly help, I helped tote my boxed library to a shed behind the house.  A terrible activity.  Using Garden Design principles, the hunt has been on for types of library shelves to copy in our ca. 1900 American Farmhouse architecture home.
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Nancy Lancaster,  below, is my choice.  A touch rustique, exactly how I Garden Design.

The library in the home of Nancy Lancaster, the late, legendary English country house interior designer. The library was created from an orangery, an outbuilding next to the coach house in which she lived during her last years. Her many books were housed in this stylish, yet comparatively modest space. Note the use of the tops of the bookcases to display sculpture, pottery and art. This is a well-known room to most interior designers.

Until painting my house, about 5 years ago, my library looked like this, below.  Chaos was organized because it evolved over decades.  Once painters put things as they wished, I never again found a book easily.

Ben Pentreath’s English Decoration pg. 64 #library #bookshelve #books

When a library lover says all their books are boxed, you know what it means.  A few books, for life to continue breathing at bare necessity, are in my office, below.
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Table & lamp, below, in my new office, had been in my Conservatory.


Book shelves, below, were bought for my previous office.  They had been organized.


Chaos reigns.  Little did I know, packing the books from my prior office, they would become my sole library.  Probably for a year.
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New library will be in the central hall, totally Nancy Lancaster, with sconces added.
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Cannot wait to get the Gardening section back in order.  Until then, my feathers are not quite smooth.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Top pic, here, 2nd pic, here.  Bottom pics, my office this morning.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Front Porch Furniture Placement

Temps & humidity are at their extremes.
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Yesterday, after lunching with a friend in town, I had the good fortune of riding shotgun while my friend had to stop, below, for a few minutes.


Without words, tone poem, this front porch is a full class, How to Design Your Front Porch.


No incorrect note is played here.  Of course the Kimberly Queen ferns were showing off, but even the Christmas cactus was thriving.
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I don't know the owners, yet, but you know I will.  Their front porch looks/feels like a fine spring day.
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Will get the white they used for home/furniture, and sparkling gray on the floor.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO T

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Garden: Foot Swing

This is the swing, below, I thought was hanging from our old pecan tree.



The wood seat on our swing, below, rotted long ago.


Wise teachers arrived yesterday, below.


 Their inner narrative was one of use, above/below.


My narrative, wildly wrong.


This is a foot swing.  Never had a 'seat'.  Paying attention to the knot, and height, it never had the intention of being a sitting swing.


This morning, above, Laskett's tail truly is this magnificent.  
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We think the pecan tree, above, in the sunbeam, is as old as the house, 115 years.  Maybe older.  
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Friends came to lunch yesterday.  Rather, friends brought a feast for lunch.  Homemade, the bounty arrived in baskets, including fresh tea, my 1st watermelon of the season, breads, cheeses, chicken, pimiento cheese, more/more/more, cotton table cloth & linen napkins.  How did they know, even my linen napkins are safely hid in a box amongst stacks of boxes?
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Our kitchen not functioning until painting and renovations completed in the pantry.
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Their arrival a great deadline to get many things done.  Their first time seeing our farmhouse, its land, and walking the grounds where the orchard will be, the new conservatory, where the gravel drives will curve, property pins, views, and dreams.
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And the girls on the swing.  Many clients, thru the years, with children even younger, I've drawn their children's gardens once they graduated college, married, bought their 1st home. 
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Seeing these girls on the swing, I'm excited for the right time, and drawing their 1st gardens.  Knowing, when I do, it will feel like 15 minutes ago they were teaching me about my own foot swing.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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Top pic, Ben Pentreath.  Bottom pics mine.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Front Porch: Open Wide

Rich in sublime detail I'm curious about the front porch, at the drive way side.

Residential | Martin & Malkemus

Perhaps more shutters between arches?  A ceiling fan suggests moments of leisure.  Foundation hedge is a barrier between home & garden.  Forcing foot traffic to the front door.

Plantation style home...

Choices are good, this 'landscape' is good, adding choices makes it a good garden.
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Between the open arches, above, add choices.  How?  Take away foundation planting & add more brick steps across the front.  Then, you've made house & garden a vanishing threshold.  Significantly changing the use of the porch, and its 'feel'.  More, you've made a narrow'ish front porch entry luxuriant in scale, and tied the history of the home's architecture to the garden.
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I think of these gardens, above, as pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey gardens, one size fits all.  And this home is worthy of a garden matching its patina.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Pics here.
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Humorous how curious this home/garden make me.  And, perhaps reasons for the 'landscaping' would put me in agreement.  Without knowing more, it's all Cole Porter, don't-fence-me-in.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Cottage Garden vs. American Farmhouse Garden

Moving from cottage garden to historic American Farmhouse architecture garden has, in less than 2 weeks, taught much.
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One lesson, after moving team finished near midnight, was apparent at first light.
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Cottage garden accouterments, though loved & used for decades, are not at home in their new garden.  In fact, they are cringe inducing.  Go me not knowing this, indeed.

that is probably the back door, but I like it as a front door too!    Gil Schafer in The Great American House via Velvet and Linen

Yesterday I had unexpected resources in Beloved's team of men & trucks.
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Pallets were loaded with 'keepers' and Beloved moved them with his Caterpillar under an old oak, no weeds/grass, near a fence line, trucks were loaded & driven to Goodwill.
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Wish I had not moved the cottage garden accouterments here.  Yet, if anyone had said at the front end, 'Don't take your entire cottage garden', I would have scoffed, and moved everything anyway.
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What a difference daylight makes.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Pic via Gil Schafer.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Design: Creating Flow

How will you get from point A to point B ?
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Flow.
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Flow is at the front end of my Garden Design Equation.
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When I was in college, SMU, someone mentioned the sidewalks in front of Dallas Hall were poured, AFTER, they saw where students tread dirt paths thru low meadow.
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(Privately, off topic, in person, you may wish to ask me about the tunnels under those sidewalks.  That was a crazy fun date.)
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Architecture, interior design, color, materials, scale, below, are sublime.  In addition, flow is the unseen subliminal element.  So good it's taken for granted.



At our ca. 1900 American Farmhouse architecture home, below.  We haven't lived here a week, how can we possibly know where to put paths, parking courts, drives, terraces, pole barn, and links throughout all?
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Overflow parking, below, from my office view.  My little van, Tess, is in front of the house, and another truck with long open bed trailer are in the drive along the opposite side of the house.
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The golf cart has yet to be brought from the house we sold, nor 2 tractors and 2 more work trucks.
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None of the above traffic/parking issues includes guest vehicles.
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I adore this.
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Creating flow/parking in our own garden.


Foot traffic, below.  Tractor Supply had a single boot choice for my new home, below.  Work shoes from my former cottage garden, not sufficient in the least.
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Drive, front parking court, overflow parking, a path, hugging the house are speaking.  Good news.
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Further from the house, the flow has no voice.


At the back of the house, 2 out buildings, at left & at right, must be moved, due to flow.
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Building at left is impeding vehicles, and building at right is blocking the deck we're building around the back of the house.


Both buildings a century old, clad in metal more recently.  We'll reuse the wood in our new shed I want built in the orchard, to be planted.
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Hope you sense the best element in creating flow.  Anticipation.
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Every layer of a garden is exciting.  Never tiresome.
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More than anything I want several dump trucks arriving with our gravel.  Too soon, don't know exactly where to place it.  Patience.  This is where G*d taught me patience, in a garden.  We all get life lessons, yet they arrive in their own time and have different teachers.  If we don't 'get' the bigger life lessons, they keep arriving until we do.
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Patience.  Your impatience is why I have a career.  Every client, just like I was at the front end of gardening, thinking they can put in a garden, do, and it's horrendous.  After my first garden making, vile of course, it was off to years of Extension Service courses, symposiums, then another college degree, in horticulture, finally touring historic gardens across Europe for 2+ decades.  Now, I know a few things about gardening, and thrill at the new lessons still arriving, every day.
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Moving into this new home/garden it is clear, I am an experienced gardener but a new farmer.  Adoring a new learning curve.  And living Thomas Jefferson's, " but tho' an old man, I am but a young gardener.   ", backwards.  G*d has a sense of humor in this new lesson, which feels like a gift, not a lesson.  Great segue into Joseph Campbell's, "
When you follow your bliss... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.
When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don't know what was in the newspapers that morning... a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be."
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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Top pic, Wendy Posard, bottom pics taken yesterday in our new home/garden.