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At this stage in my life, party recovery takes a long time.  It is a sad state of affairs, but this one was worth it.  Tower Hill Botanic Garden played host to one of the prettiest launch parties I’ve ever seen (and I have been to precisely one book/ newspaper launch party so I speak with great authority on this).   We launched my book – Cultivating Garden Style and PITH + VIGOR in grand style – I really can’t decide what the best part was….

The cake? (By my very talented friend Sue who owns Harvard Sweet Boutique)

PITH + VIGOR Launch party cake by Kelly Fitzsimmons photography for Studio 'g'

PITH + VIGOR Launch party cake by Kelly Fitzsimmons photography for Studio 'g'

Or was it that my parents and sister flew in from Colorado and Virginia to surprise me? And they really did surprise me!! (that is them in the middle looking all proud…)

PITH + VIGOR and Cultivating Garden Style Launch party - By Kelly Fitsimmons photogrpahy.

Or was it the beautiful gardens and Tower Hill‘s Limonaia?

Or was it all the amazing people and friends who showed up to celebrate with me?  You guys are the best.

Or how about all these pictures? – taken by the most excellent Kelly Fitzsimmons.  (Woe – there is never a good shot of the photographer!!)

What a whirlwind it all was. This all went down last Wednesday – I think I started feeling energetic again around Sunday afternoon….and here it is a whole week later before I get the post up. C’est la vie.

It was quite an event.  I could not be more grateful.

I hope you enjoy the pics as much as we all enjoyed the party.

-Rochelle

all images by Kelly Fitzsimmons

 

It feels so good to have the pergola mostly finished (we still have to stain it but we’ve relented…that just isn’t going to happen until spring).  We had a little gathering of friends and hastily put up some lights so that we could see at night and so that we had a little ambiance.

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Without a doubt these lights did the trick, but we found them to be incredibly fragile and in the course of stringing them up and despite our extreme care, quite a few broke.  These will continue to serve the purpose until they have to be taken down for the staining….but I worry that they will look even more shoddy by spring and I am certain they will not fair well in the taking down and putting back up.  by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.com

So I am shopping for something with the same warm light and that imparts light that is helpful for evening activities, but isn’t too harsh, isn’t too bright or not enough, and is just a little different.   I love little white twinkle lights, but I’m desiring something else.   by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.com

So, I’m excited to find these:

lighting for the patio

1. Brown Edison Bulb String Lights – These will I hope be much more durable and interesting than the fragile balls that I used.  I think a few diagonal swags across the width of the structure will be perfect.
2. Black Chandelier String Lights  – Can I wrap more lights around this fixture (I really want to beef up the base)?  I hope so — would be so cool to hang two of them.
3. Copper Wire String Lights – I discovered these last winter and they are great for decorating plants that can’t otherwise hold lights (without damaging them).  FWIW, it isn’t a good idea to wrap trunks (like in this product photo – unless it is for a short period of time).

I’m debating if this will all be too much?  And if it is, which would I cut? hmmm….

Images by rochelle greayer

This post is sponsored by Lowes.   I am not an employee of Lowes and all opinions are my own.  See the other posts in this series. 

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Cultivating Garden Style and PITH + VIGOR are both here; they exist and all the hard work that went into them both is a distant memory –now it is time to celebrate!!  If you are in the area (New England) I hope you will join us for a lovely evening of cocktails, cake, books, newspapers, and celebration at the beautiful Tower HIll Botanical Garden. Public Invite_1

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You must RSVP (you can email me at rochellegreayer at gmail dot com) so that we can plan for #s and I can make sure your admission to the gardens is covered.  I hope you can make it!

Families and kids are welcome.

xo

-Rochelle

 

 

 

It is an epic understatement to say I have been busy lately (like the last 18 months) and this coming week will see the culmination of all that hard work.  Cultivating Garden Style will hit bookshelves across the english speaking world and PITH + VIGOR‘s first issue will be sent to subscribers.   I am simutaneously excited and terrified to be presenting so much work all at the same time.

Cover Issue #1 PITH + VIGOR magazine

Cover Issue #1 Pith + VIgor magazine

Nothing ventured nothing gained though, right?  So with my heart on my sleeve, I present to you the cover of Issue #1 of PITH + VIGOR.  I kind of love the way it came out – but I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If you haven’t subscribed – you can do so anytime!  The P+V website is still under a fair bit of construction, but the ordering areas are all set up, tested and ready.  You can get your copy here.  

We will be sending out copies starting next week, so you still have time to be one of the first to recieve a copy!

And if you see my book on in a local bookstore – please let me know – I have been checking locally but not quite yet…I am anxious and excited for that first moment of walking into a book store and seeing my work on the shelves….

-Rochelle 

There is nothing like the official change of season (autumn equinox – I see you)  to inspire a look back over the summer.   I’ve done these posts for many years and I am always so grateful for them come spring – it is helpful to remind myself what was fresh in my mind the previous fall.  Do you do something similar?

I highly recommend it.

So, my vegetable garden was less than stellar (again) this year, but the bright star in the middle of the sickly, bunny ravaged, frustrating mess was my strawberry tower. Here is how the strawberry tower grew in.  Pretty right?  And so much better than the fleeing strawberries.  The Goldilocks Rocks Bidens Hybrid at the bottom was so happy, I am left wondering if doing the whole thing in just that one plant might be a good idea.  I will definitely play with this again.

strawberry tower  by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.com

Here is a look from the top – the Euphorbia Diamond Frost and the Sunsatia Coconut Nemesia were a white combo that I think I will try again too – perhaps in other containers.
strawberry tower  by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.com

My other big love this year was Dahlias – I’ve grown them before, but never as successfully as I did this year.  I’ll have to do a whole run down post of them separately – but check out this one… it is only the size of the palm of my hand and I found her face down in the dirt….and she still looks pretty great. Her friends are bigger than my face and you can literally admire them from 50 feet away.  In my big garden these ladies are really holding their own.

dahlia by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.com

On the patio of I have coleus of various sorts in pots.  I fallen hard for two varieties, Sedona (which is clashing like crazy with the purple nemesia  that I paired it with  -so I am not sharing that eye bleeding shot – but loving both plants nonetheless – just need to separate) and this one Marooned.  These less variegated varieties were pretty luscious.  Those grassy bits in the shot are lemongrass (which was a great paring with the coleus) but next year I think I will try some of these great foliage plants near my dahlias for even more drama.

coleus by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.com

The grasses are really starting to come into their full beauty.  Fall is really the best reason plant them.  My Pennisetum Red head is still an all time favorite and I have begun to use it profusely in flower arrangements – it paris well with Golden Rod, huge Limelight hydrangeas, Sedum (Autumn Joy) and crazy face-sized dahlias to make ginormous-ly satisfying bouquets.

I will be so sad to see the end of the annual Pennisetum  Prince as it has been such a beauty and played so well with other dark plants (like the coleus). The dark plant thing was  interesting to me – I’ve avoided them as I have a very dark-colored house and generally thought that dark plants wouldn’t work that well.  Well, I was wrong….they are lovely and though they get a little lost when planted right up against a dark wall, they are perfect for bringing this sort of sophisticated color throughout the rest of garden.  It was relief from green that I didn’t even know I needed.

So what were your big winners?

images by rochelle greayer

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Proven Winners.  I am not an employee of Proven Winners and all opinions are my own. See the other posts in this series. 

There is nothing like the official change of season (autumn equinox – I see you)  to inspire a look back over the summer.   I’ve done these posts for many years and I am always so grateful for them come spring – it is helpful to remind myself what was fresh in my mind the previous fall.  Do you do something similar? Read the full post

I had a goal last weekend….I wanted to finish our new pergola in time to  have a BBQ and sit underneath it on the patio for dinner on the holiday Monday.  It didn’t happen, so I am hoping to cash in the rain check for this weekend.

We did however get a lot done and I am hugely proud of what we constructed.

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All that we have left is to finish putting on the roof (it will be open slats) and staining it.  I can’t wait to style it up with fall planters, light up the fire-place (this whole thing was designed to make the fire pit an even bigger garden focal point) and enjoy the late summer and cool evenings of the autumn.

If you care to see the inspiration for the design – it came from a historic structure at a local museum – check it out here.

Despite the extra weight and expense I am so glad we opted to use 6 x 6 pressure treated wood rather than 4 x 4.  It is so much more substantial and the proportions seem to work much better with our weighty fire pit. Don’t you agree?

Images by rochelle greayer

This post is sponsored by Lowes.   I am not an employee of Lowes and all opinions are my own.  See the other posts in this series. 

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