Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tree Stump Planter

Hoping to disguise the tree stump next to our patio, we created a planter for some annuals. I can't wait to see how this guy fills in. April showers bring May flowers, right?!
 What do you have going on in your garden?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Garden Tour

Greeted by extra hours of daylight, I took a tour of my backyard garden after work yesterday.  It was the perfect way to wind down the day. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cinder Block Garden

{image via}
This DIY planter wall has my wheels turning. The pup is cute too, don't you think?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ode to a green thumb

The joke around our house is that I like the idea of gardening more than I actually like getting my hands dirty. There may be some truth in that, but I'm really enjoying the process of learning to garden so far and am excited to see how things evolve in our yard.

Someday, I hope...

to use galvanized tubs for a pretty container garden on the patio
get some serious garden gloves
pot herbs in these antique inspired oil jars

have a wall of sweet smelling confederate jasmine
and have disk size hydrangeas to cut for display
Side note for readers in the Charlotte area.
We took a trip to Renfrow's Hardware in Matthews, NC last weekend. It was such a treat. Renferow's is an institution replete with old coca cola refrigerators, bails of cotton and chickens in the back near the greenhouse. I had so much fun poking around. This is a pick of just one of their seed displays. SO knowledgable and friendly too. Just look at this seed display! Would highly suggest a visit!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Garden Inspiration

A couple of weeks ago we took a weekend trip to visit Murrells Inlet in SC; we had a great time visiting family and catching some sun!

While the boys were busy golfing, the girls checked out the beautiful Brookgreen gardens. SO stunning, I can't stop thinking about the live oak alley, azzaleas at their full shock value in hues of pink and the wafting smell orange blossoms in the air. Her are some of my favorite snaps of the day.

{images by pink to green}

Monday, March 15, 2010

Garden Inspiration

Gorgeous garden inspiration from an equally gorgeous wedding. I'm hoping to try my hand at planting a potted herb garden this summer and I would love to plant it in something like this!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Gutter Garden

My mom spent all day Sunday building fences around her garden to ward off bunnies. Although cute, they are eating all of her favorites! I recently saw this gutter garden via Katie Elliott's blog thought it could be a great way to plant edibles out of the way of hungry critters. Anyone tried this trick?
Using a gutter to plant is genius; it could be attached to a fence and altered to fit your space. What do you think?
{image via Juneau Empire, "How does your garden grow?" by Suzanne Forsling }

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Goode Green Living

I have a love hate/relationship with my center city apartment in Auckland. Living within walking distance of all major necessities allowing me to go sans car is fantastic; but I often long to hear the sounds of summer from my balcony instead of car horns and to get my hands dirty in a garden instead of watering my potted plants. This conflicted relationship with city living piqued my curiosity about New York couple, Chris and Lisa Goode, and their perfect compromise. They’ve found the elusive balance between city sophistication and country charm; Old McDonald has nothing on these city slickers.

Thanks to their two story garden, daughter Charlotte can pick berries for breakfast, garnish fresh eggs from the chicken and watch butterflies from her bedroom window.
Spurred by their own green city oasis, the couple teamed up to create Goode Green Designs and have since been busy planting their gardens on some incredible NY locations.

(all images and more info HERE)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Outdoor Rooms

I’m captivated by the feel and look of these outdoor rooms; they mingle the best of interior styling with nature in a way that is so inviting I’d like to pull up a chair.

(images via desire to inspire and domino )

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Solar Lanterns

We recently spent the evening enjoying Auckland’s annual lantern festival; there are few more inviting and romantic ways to enjoy a beautiful park at twilight than with lanterns illuminating your steps. Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy the glow in your own outdoor space?
Soji solar lanterns make it easy; no more cords to make things complicated, just hang and enjoy. As the sun slips down, let these pieces of art light up your night and see where it takes you. The texture and pattern on their modern range are so beautiful I think they could look elegant indoors as well (if it’s too cold out there to enjoy your outdoor space just yet).

Pretty Planter Idea

These pretty recycled paper escort cards really caught my eye recently. I love the presentation for a sweet outdoor wedding but would be equally happy with these planters, packed with herbs, hanging out on my balcony.
Images via Linda & Harriett’s blog.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Garden of Dreams

(images from Francois Halard )
I dream about a garden like Jasper Conran's; acres of space for flowers and veggies galore... but for now, I'm starting small on the garden front.
And with summertime in full swing, I'm grateful to be savoring the taste of fresh picked blueberries from my balcony.
Limited space doesn't mean you can't plant anything, just check out some of the best plants for containers.
(image from Francois Halard )
This garden is mostly container plants and so, so charming!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Greener Menu in the White House

The recent appointment of Sam Kass to the White House kitchen staff is favored to serve up more sustainable and healthy food choices to the First Family. A former Chicago based personal chef and founder of The Inevitable Table, Kass introduced clients to shopping and eating locally. With those guiding principles, perhaps we will see a victory garden on the White House grounds after all?
With Kass in the kitchen, the Obama's will be eating a little greener and hopefully the nation will follow the example. If the menu is anything like Avec Restaurant (where Kass used to work) its sure to be delicious.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Terrain at Styer's

The merchandising wizards behind Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters have done it again! Terrain at Styer's promises to deliver the same visual appeal as the venerable clothing store giants but in a new sector- gardening.
The multidimensional appeal of Anthropologie will be brought to all things green and growing, plus the new store has a cafĂ© which invites customers to linger even longer. So far they only have one “test store”in Pennsylvania, but hopefully we’ll soon see them sprouting up everywhere real soon.

( Sugarpond took the most beautiful pictures of her visit there)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Victory Gardens

Perhaps a forecast of my future green interest; I used to love the story of victory gardens in this book. By the end of WWII, Molly and her family would have been part of the 20 million homes providing 40% of the produce consumed in America. Victory gardens were used to reduce the pressure on the public food supply brought on by WWII. Heralded by Eleanor Roosevelt, victory gardens indirectly helped the war effort but were also considered a moral boost; gardeners could feel empowered by their contribution of labor and rewarded by the produce grown.

Today, I am captivated by the prospect of victory gardens for my generation of American Girls. Gardens today could help reduce our dependence of fossil fuels and issues of climate change. Moreover, I imagine that growing a garden could still provide the recipient with a moral and economic boost.
And as Michael Pollan suggests in his New York Times article, “The Farmer in Chief” the white house could again set an example of change for the food system. There is a current of support for the creation of nation-wide gardens planted in high visibility places whether that be the “First Lawn”, school lawn or town hall.

Interesting in learning more and/or supporting the cause? Click here

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Terrariums: The Perfect Green Gift

My first encounter with a terrarium was back in science class when the exercise was designed to be informative rather than decorative. Housed in a pop-bottle, the science projects hardly looked elegant, but I saw their potential, and the intrigue is with me today.

An easy way to green your living space and suitable for even the most novice gardener, terrariums have limitless appeal. Weather housed in a Wardian Case, cloche jar or even an aquarium these little microclimates add macro design punch while being green to boot.
Evoking a sense of Victorian romance, these look fresh and beautiful for display

Cloche Jars are one of my favorite types and they can be recycled for other uses-- a display for treasures, a beautiful cake cover or use the bottom for entertaining.
( from Jamali Garden)

(from Cookie Mag)
Even more eco friendly is if you can find one of these at an antique market, a la Eddie Ross (pictured in his home below).

Apothecary jars can also be used to make a terrarium, check out English Creek Gardens for some great holiday gift ideas...For easy an easy tutorial on how you make your own-- check out the info here and here.