These planting ideas weren’t expressly presented as halloween ready by their creators…but I think they are perfect for the season don’t you?
Why not dismember a dolly and use her appendages for planters? (or buy these from Peacock Taco on Etsy)
Or turn your terrarium into a tiny burial ground ? (this one is available from the Faerie Nest)But if Halloween is a holiday that is really special to you , perhaps you might consider keeping a tiny zombie in a tiny terrarium close to your heart. (available from Faerie Nest)
I came across this video this morning about Rewilding. Have you heard of this term? It is new to me, but 2:55 min later, I am onboard. Yes, I would like to see the animals of the Serengeti back on the hills and lands of New England (or Europe). And no I am not crazy.
I also enjoyed this follow on piece related to a comment on the video. It is about the rewilding of areas of Africa and the successful re-introduction of elephants. Why can’t this be done everywhere? I know it might sound nuts….but think about it and let’s chat it over.
video from the guardian
A couple of months back I was chatting with a new garden friend when she openly wondered what the next big garden trend will be. I have to admit — while I look for design trends all the time…I hadn’t thought much about the big arcs of our collective garden specific tastes. I think it is fair to say that vertical gardening isn’t the new kid on the block anymore. It’s here to stay, but you can’t be new forever. So what next?
I think that the answer to her question might be a twist on the idea of vertical gardens — Shelved Gardens. They are kind of like vertical gardens (in that the point is to fill a vertical space with plants) but different. Admittedly, the idea of putting plants on shelves is not new…but doing it outside of the retail environment or for any other reason than purely for the sake of necessity is (at least a little) an original twist.
Will we soon be combining the succulent trend with ever more interesting containers and then combining the containers to create ever more vertical visual appeal?
Tiered plant stands had a moment when I was kid (I remember seeing them in many friends homes in the 70′s) – but like all good fashion…they went out at some point but I think are now on their way back in but with new and refreshed style.
The variation and style choices are endless. The shelves, the containers, the plant choices and how you mix and match them together, provide infinite options for self-expression. These are just a few that have caught my eye recently. The one above perhaps being my favorite — it looks like it takes some inspiration from a library…and the idea of having a library of potted plants sounds good to me.
So, do we have the making of a big new garden trend? Shelved Gardens? What do you think?
images: top to bottom – rochelle greayer, littleyard, fabulous minds, and AT casa.
How about this little slice of inspiration for monday morning. Landscapers are always trying to get architects, homeowners and builders to involve them earlier and more holistically into the process of site design and construction….and it often doesn’t happen. So this notion of integrating gardens and greenery to an even greater level seems particularly remarkable. I do hope we start building more homes like this — if you were a green-starved city dweller — wouldn’t you like to live here?
This Tokyo townhouse was designed by Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa.
images from iwan.com
I love coming across ideas that inspire new ideas. These urban garden plant modules made simply from hoses, fiber-cloth and fertilized soil – and hooked up to downspouts – seem to me to have all the potential loop-de-loop design interest of a hose laid with flourish (and in my book – that is a lot).
Seeing these, I suddenly have all sorts of ideas for draping these over and around things, creating instant labyrinths in the middle the shopping mall parking lots, and planting extraordinary mixes of plants in the most preposterous of places.
Is this inspiring to you too?
Here are the directions for pulling this together.
images from here.
I was watching the weather all day Sunday as my wife and one of our daughters were heading down to Portland to watch a live performance of A Christmas Carol. The weather websites were predicting that here is coastal Maine, we could receive up to 6″ of snow over the next couple of days.
This is quite different from where I was almost 12 years ago. In January of 2001, a group of us were lucky enough to visit Cuba. Besides discovering a country of beautiful scenery and fun people, we encountered a botanical concoction called mojito. In case you have never had a mojito, it is a drink which among its various ingredients includes rum and mint. The mint is slightly crushed and included whole in the glass. The reason I include this is that I am guessing that the appearance of the mint in the mojito is what inspired the name of my favorite elephant ear, Colocasia ‘Mojito.’ It was either that, or the folks who found the plant were drinking mojitos at the time.
Colocasia ‘Mojito’ is a superb and striking plant. The green leaves are randomly splotched with black. The best way I know how to describe the appearance is that of a psychedelic camouflage pattern. Longwood Gardens grew a wide assortment of elephant ears last summer and this was one of the best performers in their Idea Garden.
Mojito elephant ear was brought to the market by Agri-Starts, Inc. down in Florida. They have patented the plant as plant patent 21,995.
I will definitely be including Colocasia ‘Mojito’ in the gardens at Coastal Maine in 2013. We will have to lift the plants and store them over next winter since it is only hardy down to zone 7b (we are in 6a). With that striking coloration, I could see it doing well as a color echo for a chartreuse ground cover of even something dark like the dark leaved sweet potatoes. There are also quite a few coleus selections that would go well with this elephant ear as well.
How about you? Have you grown Colocasia ‘Mojito?’ Are there other elephant ears that we should consider growing in 2013? - Rodney
Images: lonelyplanet.com, theplantprincess.blogspot.com, josephhillenmeyerandassoc.wordpress.com
I was reading Steve Martino’s blog this morning and he was discussing his definition of sustainabiliy — it is quite simple. He said: “when the power or water is shut off your garden should not die.”
I liked the ease and obvious simplicity of this guidance so much I made it into a graphic – you are welcome to share it, copy it or do with it whatever you want (as always just make sure you credit). - rochelle