Foraged Winter Wreath Making

Foraged Winter Wreath Making

I give up – I’ve been waiting for days to finish this little photo shoot of all the wreaths and garden decorations we have going on over here, but, weather.  Then an entirely different photo shoot preempted (more on that later). Then New England Grows trade show (more coming on that too).  And now, it…

Inspired By Luisa Brimble

Inspired By Luisa Brimble

I am nearly midway through a photography and styling class with Holly Becker of Decor8.  As we learn to create our own style, the first homework involved identifying a handful of other stylists and photographers whose approach and imagery are appealing and then begin to break it down for our own uses.  At first I wasn’t sure…

Freaky Florals: Last Minute Halloween Decoration Inspiration from Instagram

Freaky Florals: Last Minute Halloween Decoration Inspiration from Instagram

Instagram is my not-so-secret superpower (way more than pinterest these days!) and whenever I need an idea, the community of creatives there never lets me down. I’ve been scavenging the garden, woods, and whatever I can find for last-minute Halloween party decor and pretty things to dress up for the weekend.  Here are five great shots,…

Harvesting Red Twig Dogwood Stems – When, Why, How and Where

Harvesting Red Twig Dogwood Stems – When, Why, How and Where

The time is just about here if you are interested in foraging or harvesting your garden for the beautiful red twigs of Cornus sericea that are so often used to make wreathes, arrangements, and container decorations for the holidays. A few years back, a few of my commercially purchased stems leafed out after a mild…

Flowers on Cakes – A Trend Report and a Creative Challenge

Flowers on Cakes – A Trend Report and a Creative Challenge

When I arrived home from Florida yesterday (I was there speaking at Epcot’s International Garden Festival) I noted a few daffodils in bloom along the ride home from the airport, but none (yet) in my own garden. Then this morning….I peeked outside to see a couple of yellow dots had suddenly appeared overnight in an…

Easy Earthy Easter Eggs

Easy Earthy Easter Eggs

I had a hunch that my kid’s temporary tattoos might be my easy trick for making interesting eggs this year.  It turns out the idea works pretty well with a few pointers (see below). I opted for the ‘of-the-season’ butterfly collection, but I think that some of the graphic patterns – perhaps some celtic symbols (Easter is…

Beautiful Baptisia + Peonies = Glorious Early Summer Arrangements

Beautiful Baptisia + Peonies = Glorious Early Summer Arrangements

Have you ever ‘weeded’ out a plant – sure that it was a nuisance only to realize later that it was something you intended? I have.  About 5 years ago I inadvertently massacred about eight Baptisia australis that I planted the previous spring. They hadn’t bloomed (given their first year status) so a year later,…

The Language of Spring in A Garden Inspired Easter Tree

The Language of Spring in A Garden Inspired Easter Tree

The old Germanic tradition of the Easter tree has made its way into modern American custom. These trees have not achieved the popularity of that other holiday tree but you know the look-colored eggs, ribbon, & branches. The 19th century Pennsylvanian Dutch adorned their homes with such a tree, most commonly a sassafras sapling that…

Modern Sustainable Roses

Modern Sustainable Roses

In 2008 the state of New York imposed new regulations on all government-owned properties – no longer would pesticide usage be allowed.  Peter Kukielski, the rosarian-curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, had to find new ways to keep more than 650 rose varieties pest free. Pat Leuchtman interviewed Peter…

New Shrubs for the Cutting Garden

New Shrubs for the Cutting Garden

I’m finally starting to believe that eventually these piles of snow will recede – we have a long way to go here in New England, but every day of runoff-wet roads lifts my winter weary spirits.  I’ve even started to plan for new plantings. I’m hoping to add interest and variation to my garden-fresh bouquets and…