November 2010

I am struck today by the epic shift that not only am I feeling but it seems also so many around me feeling too.  It shouldn’t be a surprise to me that other designer and gardener types are moving into another gear, after all, winter is coming.  But I am feeling a bigger shift.  Perhaps it is because it is election day (here in the USA)?  Did you vote?  I for one will be glad when this vitriol is over…national politics trickled down to my quaint (normally very tolerant and polite) little town recently and I am still finding it distressing.  The head of the Republican party here officially declared a “holy war” in an email sent to half the town becasue he doesn’t like that a group of people (not even the democratic party) are trying to get a ballot issue (for next spring) on the ballot about possibly adopting the stretch energy code (i.e. maybe our town can be a leader in green building?).  Oye! “Holy War?” Let’s take this down a notch or two shall we? I mean really, we are talking about talking about an issue.  We aren’t even able to vote yet, we don’t even know what this entails yet!!…Sheesh….I think we all need a cooling off period.  So thankfully, here comes winter.

Fellow Designer Susan Cohan made a post on the APLD website about the life cycles of the gardeners seasons that I found touched a particularly familiar note.  It’s worth a quick read.  And I really love the Joni Mitchell reference….Just finished singing along with her (3 times over)  Here, you can too….

Also, have you listened to Andrew Keyes New podcast for Horticulture magazine?  It’s like This American Life for Gardeners….I love it and can’t wait to see where it goes next…I’m pretty sure he is just getting warmed up and there are great things to come… it’s another great example of what we designers are doing in our “slow” season.
For me, I am going into writing mode….There, I said it. (My writing partner has been encouraging me to say that publicly for weeks now). She thinks it will help me clear my slate and focus…she might be right….Yes, I will be here much more often, but I am also taking swipe at writing a novel – about that historical garden project that I have mentioned a few times. My perfectionist/ optimist / totally unrealistic side expects nothing less than a NY Times bestseller to come from this effort, so please excuse my melancholy in advance – once reality sets in. Nonetheless, you can’t do anything if you don’t try and I plan to have a lot of fun trying. So, happy fall to you and best wishes for whatever the autumn and winter (or spring and summer for you Aussies) brings.
What do you have planned for the changing seasons?

What would you call this chair in a US based google search? — the Aussie Supplier (Domayne) calls it a tulip chair and doesn’t sell it in the USA — when I google ‘tulip chair’ I get something quite different….

tulip chair rope garden chair

Anyone know where I can find this chair? (in the USA)

How did September and October go for you?  Mine — were a bit out of control — but it is November 1st and is a new day. I am ready to be refreshed and organized in a new way.  First on the list is to give October a proper close out with the return off my ‘Blogs I like’ feature.    What are you reading right now?  This is what has caught my attention lately…..

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Glamping Girl – Glamorous + Camping = Glamping….all you need can be found at Glamping Girl….I am particularly inspired by some of the featured destinations.  Like this one in by beloved Montana — the simple pole construction of these tents is perfect for the great plains and gives this beautiful but spare region of our country the opportunity to be celebrated and explored — from something other than a roadside super 8 .

sage safaris montana camping

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Aunt Peaches is a no fail inspiration source.  Her tag line, Making Sunshine on a Shoestring, couldn’t be more apropos.  She makes flowers out of everything (pipe-cleaners, coffee filters, scraps of anything…) and crazy retro-tastic cakes (my favorite being the The Liza Minelli of Cake: Chocolate Zucchini with Peanut Butter Cup Ganache) as well as other happy designs and charming photo collections.
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Elsa Mora’s header bar on her blog is enough to draw me in.  She is an artist whose works can be purchased on Etsy. Her book, (Blossom Buddies) will certainly be given to a few small children in my life….all it’s characters are made of flowers and natural elements and I think is a perfect inspiration for young and old to get outside and make some garden playtime magic.  Check out a few of the characters from the book….

blossom buddies book characters

gardening in heels

Gardening in Heels is a new favorite – -for a super quick jolt of something visually nice….hardly a word in site, it is simply a collection of inspirational images for the garden obsessed.

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Tending to it is really mostly about artistic and sustainable floristry.  It makes me want to get married all over again so that I can carry this bouquet and my husband can wear this boutonniere. Lots of flower inspiration here.

tending to it floral bouquet

floral bouquet airplant boutineer

la tartine gourmande

When things go crazy for me, cooking and eating together with my family is about the only thing that keeps me sane… I simply love to cook and sit and eat something special — every.single.day.  I have featured other food blogs here but I have a new favorite to share who rates right up there with the best….it is called La Tartine Gourmande and it is a heavenly mix of seasonal recipes mixed with stories of the love of cooking and sharing beautiful food.

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Frank over at Yardz serves up a good mix of plants, design interests and practical advice.  In his own words the site is “about lifestyle – using your small amount of outdoor space, be it a yard, balcony or roof garden, to reflect the lifestyle you live.”

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From Moon to Moon captures in interiors exactly the kind of vibe I love to capture in exteriors.  Chilled out lazy bohemian.   If you like this vibe too, this is place for a heavy dose of moody, warm, free spirit, groovy design.

pinched garden

I find this very clever in a really odd way. This shot from flickr: mmarsupilami’s stream was taken at Exposition d’Art contemporain dans le parc de Chaudfontaine (Belgique).