Category Archives: Featured Garden

JOY, SURPRISE AND FRUSTRATION

July 29, 2018

My Cutting Garden

My cutting garden brings joy, surprise, and frustration (at times). The joy is a seed germinating into a lovely and colorful flower. The surprise is that I never know what is going to reseed on its own. The frustration is about what does not bloom and, as always, the weeding that is endless. The Dahlias are struggling a little as only half of the tubers are growing, but I know I will love ...

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BLOOMING SUBJECTS: HOW DO I PICK THEM?

April 15, 2018

Blooming Subjects: How Do I Pick Them?

Get it?…my blooming subjects: how do I pick them? Actually, I don’t hand pick any of them unless I photograph them in my studio. When it comes to choosing my blooming subjects, I look for something unique. I always love the well-known flowers like peonies, tulips and cosmos. The artist in me also pushes me to look for the unique, curious and unknown. I find it also opens up a new world of wond...

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THE REAL DIRT ON PREPARING YOUR SPRING GARDEN

March 25, 2018

Preparing Your Spring Garden

Last weekend in Westport, CT I attended one of Terrain’s Coffee and Conversation Events: Preparing the Spring Garden. I was there to get the real “dirt” on how to prepare my garden. Angela Truck, who is their Exterior Design Specialist, lead the conversation. As I have found from the other Coffee and Conversations, she has a wealth of knowledge and information. I learn something new every ti...

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BUTTERFLIES FLUTTERING ABOUT

March 18, 2018

Butterflies Fluttering About

In early March, I visited the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) to see the Open Air Native Butterfly Exhibit. The only caveat was that it was 52ºF (11ºC) and butterflies don’t fly unless it’s 60ºF (15ºC) or warmer. As disappointing as that was, there was still much to see, learn about, and enjoy. And fortunately, there were a few rogue butterflies fluttering about even in the cooler desert wea...

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THE FOUR-LEAF CLOVER

March 11, 2018

The Four-Leaf Clover

Do you associate the clover with St. Patrick's Day as much as I do: the luck of the Irish, the four-leaf clover? Did you know that clovers produce delicate flowers, one being the Pink Flowering Oxalis (featured at the top of the post)? I never associated flowers with clovers until I stumbled upon this sweet pink one at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, Arizona. Do you associate the clover wit...

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ANNA’S BLOOMS

February 04, 2018

Anna's Blooms

Anna of Anna’s Blooms is a landscape architect, flower lover, wife, mother, friend, flower grower, gardener, flower arranger, wedding bouquet creator and writer of Wednesday’s Flower facts. 'Every flower has its own personality.' ~ Anna Karina Johansen The day of an event Anna is a wealth of knowledge and talent. We had the chance this past year to chat about her flower arranging. On the da...

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COLOR OF THE YEAR: ULTRA VIOLET

January 21, 2018

Blue Lotus

I often hear about the color of the year, but I don’t think about how it infuses itself into our view. It inspires the world of interior decorating, graphic design, fashion and so much more. The Pantone Color of the Year 2018, Ultra Violet (purple), is a favorite of mine and has been most of my life. I grew up with my bedroom painted in lavender along with a gingham bed spread and pillows that m...

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MY ADVENTURE TO LEU GARDENS

January 14, 2018

My Adventure To Leu Gardens

Leu Gardens is a beautiful botanic garden – there is no doubt about that! But due to a series of unfortunate events, including one by Mother Nature, I’m not so sure if my experience visiting was an ‘adventure’ or the makings of a total meltdown. Setting the Stage It all started when we were in Orlando, Florida for work in June, and I was working with a graphic artist from the area. While...

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FLOWER QUOTE: PATIENCE IS NOT SIMPLY

December 04, 2017

Patience Is Not Simply The Ability To Wait

MY TWO CENTS Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it’s how we behave while we’re waiting… Having patience is not necessarily my strong suit. With that said, I’m in complete agreement with this quote, as I will reflect on myself and am often disheartened by my lack of patience. I liken patience to growing a garden or forcing bulbs inside during the winter time. You put in the hard ...

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THE MAGICAL HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW

December 03, 2017

NYBG Holiday Train Show

Whenever I’m in New York City (NYC) or going over the White Stone Bridge, I’m always on the lookout for the Empire State Building, especially at night to see the spire with its radiant and colorful glow. Recently, I happened upon another view of it, and that was at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) Holiday Train Show. This year they have added a new replica of the Empire State Building and ...

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