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raised beds from the farmstead via www.studiogblog.comI thought I would revisit an old post today.  Originally written back in 2008 when I first started this blog – I had the year before bought and installed raised beds from from The Farmstead.  I was a big fan then and I am still a big fan now.  I am finally able to start to clean up and get the garden ready for spring….and in 2014 – I can happily tell you that these garden beds (now over 6 years old) are still in great shape.

Original Post:  There is many a raised bed system that will serve the purpose, but being the anti-plastic purist that I am, there is only one product that I can wholeheartedly endorse and that is those of Tony Davis at The Farmstead in Leverett, MA. They ship these all over the country so don’t feel like you have to be close to get them.
Made simply of White cedar, you can stack them to help with mobility or create a more dramatic look, and they can fit in almost anywhere. I use them in my own garden instead of spending months of back breaking effort eliminating all the rocks.
The bottom picture is an herb garden tucked in behind an old New England tavern that gives a place for the chef the grow fresh goodies for the restaurant.
The farmstead handicap mobility garden beds.

Tavern Herb garden - The farmstead garden beds.

These go together in minutes.  Fill them with rich soil and you are ready to go. No tools required, and you can trust that they stay together and last – becoming more beautiful and charming with age.

-Rochelle

Succulent Cushion via www.studiogblog.com

The holidays are over and I’m taking down the remaining christmas decorations this weekend.  The house always feels so bare once the tinsel and twinkle are gone.   I’d really like to have a box of things that I can decorate my home with after the holidays that are just as exciting as the christmas decorations - A ‘January Box’ to follow up the ‘Holiday Box’.   I’d fill it with decorations that embrace the cool clear light, the slowly lengthening days and the anticipation of spring. This Succulent Cushion is my inspiration. (yes…that is actually a pillow….not a giant sempervivum)

I’m still trying to work out which succulents actually do well in the light of an average home here in the north (am I the only one who doesn’t find succulents to be the panacea of ‘easy’ that they are universally trumped up to be?)  This cushion, however, seems to be guaranteed success.

Succulent Cushion available at Dot & Bo.

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?airplants and body parts creepy halloween planting ideas via www.studiogblog.com

Why not dismember a dolly and use her appendages for planters?   (or buy these from Peacock Taco on Etsy)

Graveyard Terraium creepy halloween planting ideas via www.studiogblog.com

Or turn your terrarium into a tiny burial ground ?  (this one is available from the Faerie Nest)Min Zombie garden necklace  creepy halloween planting ideas via www.studiogblog.comBut 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)

-Rochelle 

Its Friday and I am getting an early start as I am headed down to the Newport Folk Festival!  It’s my first time, and its is my little people’s first real concert ever – I’m so excited for them.  I wish the weather were better though — it is rainy and not supposed to get too much above 70.   I fear that sitting on the ocean front in my new perfect folk fest dress might be a little chilly and downright impractical.  Damn.

 

pale green garden ins[iration from www.studiogblog.comIf you are a music fan and want to follow along I’ll post some shots from the shows on my instagram.  In the mean time though….a bunch of pale green garden stuff sort of caught my eye this week.  Here is the best of it:

  1. Moondance hanging chair.
  2. French Painted Metal and Wood Garden Bench
  3. Japanese Ceramic Planter
  4. Varnished Metal Bench
  5. Green Metal Garden Markers

 

 

stump style via www.studiogblog.com

 

Simple, sturdy, texturally beautiful and nature made, stumps are a great inspiration for a variety of garden ready products.

  1.  Stump Pouf 
  2. Cottonwood Cast Stone Stump Fire Pit
  3. Light n’ Go Cocktail Party Fire log
  4. The Stump Cooler  
  5. Stump Chunks – Eco Fire starter from aged shredded stumps

 

 

gorgeous garden gnomes by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.com
I’m off for the weekend – literally – catching a flight in the morning for Richmond, VA.  I’ll be spending some sweet time with friends as we gather to catch up on our personal celebrations (big birthdays, big moves, big changes, big accomplishments).

I can’t wait!

But before I go — I’ve got a little irreverence for you.  Gnomes –  you might think they are tacky (I have certainly thought that myself) but these stylish versions all make me smile and I would be happy to give them a home.  I even threw in an extra one.

Til Monday!

-R

1. Ceramic Gnomes from Potted

2. Glazed Dijon Gnome from Urban Barn

3. Modern Gnomes from Gardens2You

4. Gnome Glow Lamp from Urban Barn

5. Bees Wax Gnome Candle from Atomic Garden Oakland

6. Wire Gnome from CB2

The heat of July has hit and the garden’s summer doldrums have begin to set in.  With all the exuberance of early bloomers and the anticipation of beautiful late summer displays and fall colors, this time of the year can feel a bit of a let down comparatively.

Things are looking a bit unexciting around here, so until a few more things come into bloom I recently set out to give my garden a little curb appeal pick me up.   I am not a huge buyer of annuals but this is the perfect time to put them to good use.   If you want to make instant impact though I suggest keeping it simple — and by simple I mean pick just one color.

knockout roses at www.studiogblog.com

I took inspiration from the main thing that is blooming in my garden right now….my bright red Knockout Roses and my thread-leaf japanese maple.  You may as well work with what you have so if you are trying to do the same, I recommend that you pick you color story based on something you already have.

threadleaf japanese maple at www.studiogblog.com

My roses are red red as is the maple.   The idea here is give everything a little boost and bit of color here and there in a coordinated selection will go a long way towards distracting from anything else that isn’t looking quite perfect.

red geraniums in front of studio g barn www.studiogblog.com

Matching my roses, I opted to fill all my containers with similarly red geraniums (these will reliably bloom all summer).  Don’t be shy about buying, I bought 15  large plants to make sure I had enough impact.  My containers are scattered around the garden everywhere so now my eye happily hops from red to red taking it all in.

vintage patio chair and geranium container near studio 'g' barn www.studiogblog.comTo take the color scheme just one step further I also shopped for some nice accents that would add a touch more color and came up with these charming camp lanterns.  I think they are perfect hanging on the barn and in the evening they are a great addition to the overhead lights.

red lantern on barn at www.studiogblog.com

So, what is blooming in your garden right now? If you were to build a curb appeal color story off of that…what color would it be?

-rochelle

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lowes.  This is a series that I am doing through the end of the year.   I am not an employee of Lowes and all opinions are my own.  See the other posts in this series.