It seems inevitable that as I finish up a cobblestone patio at my own home, I come across these pavers. Had my cobbles not come with a little bit of history and some sentimentality, I would be hard pressed not to sell them on and opt instead for these wood grained concrete pavers.
I mean really- the warmth and charm of aged teak but the stability and ease of installation of concrete? What is not to love? And the pattern options are endless. I particularly love that top image with pebbles inside open squares that are framed by the pavers (even though I am sure it would create a weedy hassle). But the basket weave is really nice too.
They aren’t terribly expensive either ($5.65 for each 8″ x 15.5″ paver) – except that the only place I can find them is through Big Grass Bamboo in San Antonio, Texas (which is far from here and the shipping will sure double the cost).
I’m imagining a very wabi sabi sort of space, or something more exotic and tropical like in these images. But what would you use them for?
I am desperately trying to finish off some projects that have been carrying on for too long. One of which is the pergola over the cobblestone patio that I laid last fall. I have just finished putting the polymeric sand between the stones and now I need to turn my attention to the pergola that will go over the top.
I have been hashing through the design details in my head for months and I have finally settled upon a style. Black Slats.
The house is currently very dark brown, but I am slowing getting it stained black (season by season, side by side….who says you have to paint your house all at once?) so going black makes sense to tie everything together.
Open slats are modern but have a cottage appeal — which I think will strike a perfect balance for my quirky 1940′s house…plus they leave plenty of room to go a little glam….which I am dreaming of in my garden.
It has me thinking that maybe I need to go all black….I love the black pots (which I already have some of) and all the black accents. This green/black color scheme works so well in Danish and Scandinavian light…I wonder if it will work in New England light?
images by Torvans, Trendir design by Ranquist Development, bo bedre, skona hem.
Simple, sturdy, texturally beautiful and nature made, stumps are a great inspiration for a variety of garden ready products.
- Stump Pouf
- Cottonwood Cast Stone Stump Fire Pit
- Light n’ Go Cocktail Party Fire log
- The Stump Cooler
- Stump Chunks – Eco Fire starter from aged shredded stumps
I stand in envious awe of the eclectic Los Angeles bungalow garden that belongs to John Eshaya, the founder of Jet clothing.
I love the look of layered textiles and flowy fabrics in the garden but I can’t decide if I can handle it.
Can I live with all these outdoor fabrics being exposed and all that goes along with it (bugs taking up residence, dust and dirt in the fabric, and probable mildew….or protecting it by constantly taking it down and putting it up and taking it down….). I need to experiment, perhaps all these textiles aren’t as wrought with problems as I imagine them to be. New England weather and its extremes brings so many materials to their knees – surely these beautiful fabrics would be no exception?
The shrine of kitschy religious statues that look like those that my parents made in the 70′s is however something that can happen in my garden. But I am thinking to change them up for a collection of animals….like a little Serengeti on the garden coffee table. Yes, that would be perfect.
images from honestly wtf
How are things growing for you? I’ve got a few things (new climbing hydrangea and new grape vine, I’m looking at you guys) that need some help. They have outgrown the little wooden stick things that came in the pot with them and they need some help to grow up in the direction that I want them to.
This project isn’t going to help me, because frankly it is too lightweight for hydrangeas and grape but it would be an easy solution for jasmine, honeysuckle, morning glories, or any other dainty climber.
It is quick and easy and who doesn’t have dozens of extra wire hangers cluttering up their closets?
What have you got growing that this might be perfect for?
Images and idea from AT casa
I got an early start on my garden this year but quickly have been a bit demoralized. I planted radishes, beets, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, spinach, kale, peas, and broccoli in April and while I got lots of babies, I really only have a few pea plants, a bunch of holey radishes and an odd spinach and kale leaf here and there to show for my efforts. The culprit is more than just slugs and I haven’t quite sorted out who it is (I think since I have banished the woodchuck it must be a bunny) but the holey radish is of the insect variety. And I noticed slugs on my Peonies. Yuck! I am taking action before they get my babies that have been planting since.
I am testing out one of many organic options for slug control – and that is the use of copper. Lowes has rolls of copper flashing that I reason gives me the most options for different methods. The idea behind the copper is to block access to your plants with the copper. Slugs and their slimy nastly membraneous bodies do not mix. When a slug starts to ooze across a clean, corrosion-free piece of copper, a chemical reaction occurs with their slime layer which causes the slug to experience an electric shock. (how satisfying is that!) I wish there was an equivalent for bunnies. Any scientist know a substance that reacts electrically with soft fur?
I’ve got other plans for the extra flashing (I am thinking to experiment with a homemade water feature….more on that later). To install, I simply cut a strip of the flashing to the length of the my raised beds, removed the sticky backing (though I am not entirely sure that was necessary and wrapped it over the edge of my beds. Bonus that they match the new terracotta and copper plant tags that I made earlier this year!
Images: Rochelle Greayer
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lowes. This is a series that I am doing through the end of the year. Once a month, they give me the cash for materials and a theme and I work out a DIY that hopefully we can all use. I am not an employee of Lowes and all opinions are my own.
A vote for Twool’s new line of garden twine may not be a vote for a product you are going to see on your local nursery shelves (unless you live in the UK) – but that is kind of the point. Twool twine is local to England is made of wool from sheep in Dartmoor. It is the gardening twine local alternative to imported jute or plastic options.
Using the wool from Whiteface Dartmoor Heritage Rare Breed sheep, the twine is helping to save the breed as well as employing the services of nine different local industries. It is a product that shows how locally made and locally manufactured products can help maintain local culture, jobs and lifestyle. (And not to be too biased….but that is something that certainly grabs my attention).
There are 13 products on the short list for ‘best new product’ and they are all interesting. Since I have this tendency to disagree with RHS judges (and don’t know yet which will win), I will be sharing all the the nominees for best new garden product all week and at the end of the week will post a survey on Facebook so that we can choose our own favorite.
Check out the other contestants:
Straysparks Hand Forged Decorative Trellis
More to come…