Post Tag: Holidays

Spooky South End Cemetery
While visiting New York this summer, I spent a glorious weekend touring the Hamptons.  Oh my.  I've never quite seen anything like it- the estates, the gardens, one charming town after another, the pristine beaches.  It surpassed everything I thought it might be - pure heaven on so many levels. One day, while touring the historic Home Sweet Home (you can read about it here) I noticed the most picturesque looking, ancient looking graveyard just down the street.  And since [read more]
Flowers and Fireworks in the garden
I'm a sucker for good ol' American holidays, with the Fourth of July being right up there at the top of the list.  But with California's severe drought amplifying threats of wildfire you won't be seeing many firework shows this year. But that's okay.  This summer I've been organizing my zillions of garden photos and am seeing exploding fireworks everywhere.  Whether they're grasses, flowers, seedpods or succulents all seem to shout 'Happy Fourth of July!" So enjoy my version of [read more]
The Great Christmas Tree Chop
 Note:  This post is rated 'R' for violence Sometimes it seems my family lives to torment me - especially when it comes to choosing Christmas trees. It wasn't always be this way.  But one year, when the kids were young, I decided to surprise everyone by bringing home a beautiful living Christmas tree, in hopes that a new family tradition would be born.  I imagined the year-round delight the kids would experience as they nourished our little tree throughout the [read more]
Without a doubt, fall is my favorite season of the year.  And once I spot the first signs of pumpkins and squash adorning grocery stores and farmers markets  I'm like a kid in a candy shop.  And don't even get me started on my obsession with glass pumpkins! I've admired succulent-topped pumpkins ever since I first saw Laura Eubanks' to-die-for gorgeous creations. So,  when I was asked to lead a workshop for the Polk County Master Gardener's Fall Fling, of [read more]
Top 10 Favorite Orange Plants
It's that time of year again when our homes and gardens are decked out in orange and black, and mine is no exception.  And what better occasion than Halloween to talk about one of my favorite colors in the garden - orange!  Last year I wrote about my favorite black plants, so it's only fitting that this year's post is all about orange. In all the years I've been designing gardens, it goes without saying that orange is, hands-down, the [read more]
With Mother's Day fast approaching, I've been giving a lot of thought about what to give my own mother.  My mom is an incredible gardener but can be pretty picky, so finding the perfect gift is always a bit challenging. Which means I'm always on the look out for something a little out of the ordinary. While I'm not going to say what I plan to give her (she does occasionally read my blog, after all) there are a few [read more]
Christmas has come and gone and in its wake are a mountain of empty boxes, bows, ribbons and wrapping paper.   My hydrangea and pittosporum centerpiece is finally beginning to wilt and the tree's dry needles are raining down upon my carpet with alarming speed. One of my favorite gifts is one that didn't cost a dime (funny how the best usually don't, isn't it?)  My mother gave me a simple box and within it was a beautiful, intact robin's [read more]
It's time for our annual trip to Palo Alto's Art Center to buy  a glass pumpkin (or three).   Picking out which glass pumpkin to buy is like picking out pansies - I can never decide because each one is prettier than the last! Will we go for the traditional colors of oranges and yellow-   or will it be a cooling shade of green-   or maybe a cheery candy-colored pumpkin - the kind you wish would grow in your [read more]