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California Poppy ‘Rosa Romantica’, Ageratum ‘Red Sea’, Cosmos ‘Rose Bonbon’, Poppy ‘Falling in Love’ all from Select Seeds
13 February 2017| Plants

Spring is near, why not plant some Valentines seeds?   I am increasingly becoming a seed growing convert.  No, I am not rigging up crazy light contraptions in my home (in the absence of the dreamy greenhouse). But, to get great plants for less money, I am experimenting with direct to the ground plantings.   My success rate is splotchy, but when I only lose about $2.50 for a pack of seeds, I don’t feel nearly as bad as I do when I kill something that cost me twice as much. California...

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renting goats - ruminant goat clearing services have grown
31 December 2016| Bees + Bugs + Wildlife, Trends

Renting goats for land clearing is a wonderful idea (if you ask me).  It is all at once pastoral, economical, and green.  Neighbors love to watch goats wander a vacant lot and make short work of removing invasive plants.   A quick check at goatfinder.com’s rent-a-goat section  (yes that exists) lists herds for rent in 18 states. At roughly a third of the cost of using people and machinery, they are fast becoming a viable option for clearing empty lots and land filled with inhospitable plants– particularly on steep slopes and...

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downey rattlesnake native orchid origami pattern
21 December 2016| Art

Time is short, but I’ve found a beautiful holiday table top decoration idea for you. The North American Orchid Center  has been uploading a new origami orchid pattern daily for the 25 days of Christmas.  There are all sorts of orchids from all around the country (all are native to North America) that you can download and easily print, cutout and fold. I have to admit, I didn’t even realize that there are so many native orchids and I am fascinated to learn about each of them. I am particularly drawn...

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Jardin vertical de Patrick Blanc à la Défense image by Romuald Le Peru

I knew of Patrick Blanc‘s work long before I knew of him.  The first time I experienced one of his gardens was sometime in 2007 when I happened to walk around the side of the BHV Homme in Paris. I was dumbstruck at seeing a wall of plants on the side of the building.  I’d never seen such a thing and I was pretty sure if they were even real. Except they were. I have happened across a few of his other installations during various travels.  Every time, I am stopped in...

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Elegant varieties of Baptisia. 'Pink Truffles', 'Vanilla Cream', and 'Dutch Chocolate'
19 December 2016| Plants

Years ago, when the Perennial Plant Association named Baptisia australis their plant of the year for 2010, I promptly bought five and planted them in my garden.  They were new-to-me at the time and they were lauded for being low maintenance and long lived. Perfect. Then, the next spring, I accidentally weeded out every single one of them. It is hard to recover from gardening disasters like that.  I didn’t even realize my mistake until months later when I wondered where my ‘new’ plants were. The sting of lost money, the holes that should have been filled. And...

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Are you hitting the road for the holidays? I am not – but I love a good epic holiday road trip. This time of year, I can’t help but think about some of the intense winter driving journeys that my family has made between Denver, CO and my mother’s family ranch in Lewistown, MT. I remember being snowed in, snowed out, horrible roads, white out blizzards, chain laws and times when I wondered if we were actually going to make it over the river and through the woods. Oh and...

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Light Box Flower Photography by Ngoc Minh No
12 December 2016| Art

This time of year there are lots of packages arriving by mail. When a package arrives, everyone is either trying to squirrel it away before being seen or they are trying to catch a glimpse of what someone else is hiding. We are ridiculous about this. A couple days ago a box arrived when I was home alone. It wasn’t addressed to me, and I swear I wasn’t purposefully snooping. I swear.  But it wasn’t double boxed and it was obviously a light box (Big label on the side gave it away).  I know it is...

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06 December 2016| Florals

Wreaths are such ubiquitous holiday decorations, I find that most years I want to rebel against the traditional cliché of it all and just hang nothing…but then, inevitably,  I see beautiful creations like these and suddenly I’m trying to find billy buttons in the middle December. (I actually just one-clicked seeds for next year here: 20 BILLY BUTTONS / WOLLYHEADS Craspedia Globosa Flower Seeds) I’m such an impulse-seed-purchasing sucker. Here are eleven others beautiful wreaths that I found on instagram that are seducing me into getting a little crafty. Holiday Wreath...

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After Garden Makeover - Colonial House in Yucatan Mexico.
05 December 2016| Central America

There are so many ideas to steal from this interesting hospitality project in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The building that received a garden makeover is a historical monument. Because of this designation, the renovation to make it into a bar disallowed changes that would drastically alter the structure and site. Before: The site was over grown, filled with litter and the original architecture was compromised.  After: Clean-up, container gardens,pea gravel and pruning go along way towards creating an inviting place to have a drink.  I find that some of the best design...

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The Petrified Carpet collection by Studio ossidiana - concrete garden art.

Sight Unseen has a great writeup about Dutch Design Week (October 21-29, 2016). There were many interesting items, but a couple caught my eye.  Created by Studio Ossidiana, these concrete pieces are really special. I love how they elevated this simple material to become beautiful art objects. The first thing that caught my eye was this ombre concrete sculpture fades through different shades of green.  The effect was created by staining the wet concrete in hues of green and layering them as it was poured. This is both an art piece as well as a structural element in...

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Rochelle GreayerFounder/ Editor

Rochelle Greayer runs PITH + VIGOR, an adaptive publishing project that encourages a greater connection with nature and the environment through gardening, art, design, regional food and meaningful travel. This online platform is a showcase of thoughts and ideas as well as a springboard for creative collaborations, events and classes, and a magazine. In the fall of 2014, the print version of PITH +VIGOR, was launched with a successful crowdfunding campaign. Issue 6 is currently in production. Greayer’s “Cultivating Garden Style” was published by Timber Press in the Autumn of 2014.