Sunday Bouquet: Morning Garden Cuttings

Coreopsis Clematis, Dahlia Rose Basil

Photo by Marni Elyse Katz / StyleCarrot

Clematis, coreopsis, dahlia, rose

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Crafty: Industrial Style Geo Planters


These geo planters started out as decorative tabletop objects.
The pots were constructed  with aluminum tape.
A cone planter sits in a rusted, perforated tube.
The geo forms at the top were connected and got a hook for hanging.
Succulents and cacti finish the look.

Project by Rancho Reubideux, click through for details.

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Design Diary: Artist’s Garden and Cottage on the Westport River

Last summer I visited artist Joy Hanken’s cottage on the Westport River in Westport, MA and wrote “In an Artist’s Garden” for the Boston Globe Magazine this past April.  It’s a lovely little spot, so I thought I’d share the photos with you.

I’m on vacation and late on deadlines, so forgive me for not including captions, but if there’s anything you want to know about, just ask and click over to the story in the Globe.

Flowers & Gardens: Style Carrot’s Flower Shop

Ok, not really my shop, just my kitchen. But I must say I am impressed that these came from my garden, even if I didn’t really plant them all myself. But even the cutting and arranging takes time. (This photo caught the process midway.) I now know why those who can have flowers done for their homes regularly. The whole enterprise can take over an hour, never mind the time spent catching (and disposing of) the spiders that inevitably hop all over the countertop. And then there’s the discarding of the dead blooms a few days later. But while they’re thriving, they’re simply gorgeous.

flowers 1Daisies from the front side garden threaten to take over the plot. Black-eyed Susan’s are the result of packets of wildflower seeds we threw haphazardly over the fence. Of course cutting now involves climbing over said fence.

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Love, love, love my blue hydrangea. See the pink ones at the bottom? They’re ok, but the goal is to get them blue next year too. The pink roses on the far right smell heavenly, like candies. Smarties perhaps.

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Do you notice that there’s way more pink than last time I posted? These dahlias are from our brand new back garden. There’s a barren hill back there that looks awful. Not so bad any more. Unlike the front of the house, where I only allow white and purple blooms, the directive for the back is plenty of brights. I asked the gardener to plant right pink, bright yellow, and bright orange roses, (no wimpy colors please!)  as well as dahlias.

He’s going to dig up the dahlias at the end of the season and store them in his garage. Seems sorta high maintenance, but he insists it’s no big deal. Maybe they’ll eventually grow as big and tall as the ones in my mother-in-laws garden, which look like huge pom poms.