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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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04 December 2016| Plants

Noticing yesterday that the tips of daffodils and spring bulbs are just beginning to poke through the ground, the branches of the willows have yellowed and the forsythia stems have swollen its obvious that the fresh yellows of spring are on their way.  But a lesser known and even earlier spring harbinger is the Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) which, in addition to reds and oranges is available in a range of beautiful yellows. Hamamelis + Hellebore image: the mixed border My favorite is Hamamelis intermedia ‘pallida’. It is among the palest...

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Kitchen Countertop herb garden bonsai planting recipe. How To DIY.
01 December 2016| Container Gardens

As most of my gardening attention shifts to houseplants and things I can grow inside, I wanted to share one of my favorite container gardens.  It is a countertop bonsai garden made with herbs that I created last year for the Summer 2015 Issue of PITH + VIGOR. The stems of variegated basil are almost woody and seemed ideal for pruning into a bonsai.  Of course this isn’t real bonsai, just sort of. And I can hardly claim to be a bonsai artist, but just thinking about the cuts and how...

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I spotted Phillip Nixon’s Garden in Apartment Therapy last week when they referred to it as an “Indiana Jones Oasis”.  (oddly, IMO, because nothing about this makes me think of Indian Jones – is it just me?). The home and garden was inspired by Morocco but it lives in Venice Beach, California.  The AT story was short on words, but I found this excellent interview with Phillip.  He talks about how he designed this place (he is a photographer) and his inspiration and ideas around how he lives here.  It is a great read...

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Asters, Helianthus, grasses and hydrangeas combine for a beautiful fall garden - Austrian Garden Tour
23 November 2016| Austria, Naturalistic

My plants have just about passed on for the season.  The last of the leaves are strew across the lawn with only a couple still hanging on.  I rarely feel sad about this as I cherish the fertile darkness that is the back drop to the holiday season.  But it is nice to see these late autumn shots from Elfriede’s garden in Buchbach, Austria.  I feel like it extends the season just enough. Am I the only one who sees a picture like this as a quiz?  How many plants can...

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OsterGRO urban rooftop farm in Denmark

The simple fact that such a bounty can come from a pile of dirt on top a building inspires me to no end. Gardening is most certainly a science and a chore and a thing that with practice, experience and knowledge you can get a lot better at.  But it is also pretty simple – dirt + water + seed = plants, food, flowers.  Even in an inhospitable place, (as most rooftops are, OsterGRO in Denmark is no exception) the formula works. I’ve wanted to get back to the simple...

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Amsterdam by Sohei Nishino
15 November 2016| Art

Sohei Nishino seems to have captured so many things that I love in his art.  Foreign cities, travel, maps, photography, collage, vast landscapes, collage, (I could go on)… are all what makes his layered Diorama Maps so exciting.  I’ve only looked at them online, but I wish I could see his current show in person. His works are huge and I really want to stand in front of them and play a quiet little game of ‘I spy’.  Or maybe there is actually a black and white Waldo somewhere in there? Amsterdam Amsterdam (detail)...

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skirret in beds
10 November 2016| Edibles

After a couple of seasons of being a lesser vegetable gardener than I once was, I have finally come to terms with what I need to do with the original vegetable patch. Get rid of it. I no longer want or need a vegetable garden as we often think of them. Places that involve a lot of seasonal work and which requires me to be present, to maintain it, from spring to fall. I want to travel in the summer. Irrigation in my patch is difficult and I am tired...

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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.