Friday, May 13, 2011

Style Inspiration

Style Inspiration: "

Neutrals, neutrals, everywhere and as we all know, you can never go wrong. Whether it’s navy, gray, black or camel – outfits galore can be created. Have a look.

Images: (1) Sebastian (2) Vogue and Coffee (3) RDuJour (4) The Glitter Guide (5) Sebastian (6) wellanddapper (7) The Glitter Guide (8) The Glitter Guide (9) Vogue and Coffee (10) Vogue and Coffee (11) Musings in Femininity (12) Musings In Femininity (13) styleessentials


Hollowed (Hammered) Ground

Hollowed (Hammered) Ground: "

After a good many days pleading for rain we were just hammered... HAMMERED for two hours straight.
I am afraid my poor little chamomile and carrot seeds might have even been washed away.

Now, all is calm, "my chickens" are tucked in and the City Chicks are roosting high. It's the tail end of dusk, almost dark,so I headed out with the camera... ISO as high as she would go.

The traffic in town, just blocks away has died down and the garden is beyond serene. Even though the mulch* is not down yet and the pea gravel delivery will be here in a day or two... the chicken gate will be up later this week, the patio fountain is not put together yer and the wisteria is still hanging, hoping this is the "year of the pergola" (as I say every year). Enough with the disclaimers except to say that NOTHING from the crazy project we started last October is finished (but it WILL be by the time Fifi comes to shoot for her new cookbook in about 9 days... AHHHHHH!!!!!), I'll refrain from all the ideas I could never afford to implement...
I was still moved, my breath was still taken away with how lovely it all is.
The stillness, the youth of the budding life, the fragrance of my viburnum almost knocking me over.

I feel high.
I feel calm.
I feel Loved.

Once July hits I think I will do a major Avant et Aprés post but here is a quick reminder of what the left side of this photo looked like in November...
(For the full groundbreaking click here!)

OK, so that's not a very realistic collage but you get the idea of the view now thru the arbor.

Remember my Potager 101 advice about a focal point - well, here is my HILARIOUS focal point for now. An old blue chair. Don't you think I "need" some sort of little, crusty greenhouse/potting shed right there.

I tell my kids all the time, 'The answer you are looking for is Yes Ma'am.'

I am thinking about two Cyprus or something right there where those sad little box woods are at the entrance to the 'original' stone Potager. It needs some drama!
Getting ready to feed this family of 6 with our big Potager expansion. In the last 3 days I have started by planting... 11 raspberry bushes, 5 blueberry bushes, 75 strawberry plants, 160 onions (so far) 18 head of broccoli, TONS of carrots, sweet marjoram, chamomile, Rosemary and Bon Vivant salad mix - my favorite blend. And there is still so much to get in the ground tomorrow!
Just look at all that space! Can you stand it! It's going to look so clean and chic when all the pea gravel goes in over the landscape fabric! I can't believe how much we were loosing before we put the fence in!
I feel so blessed to grow so much food!!!!!
The "focal point" - it makes me laugh it's so sad. But it will have to do for now, til that perfect, killer garage sale or flea market find this summer.
I will be sprucing it up with some sweet 'step-ables'.
I haven't done my yearly pond cleaning. I drain it and then jump in there like a crazy woman and scrub the rocks down with bleach - oh yeah, me and my prego belly are REALLY looking forward to that.
Last year, all along that fence, four feet deep was a mess of lilacs, mock sunflower, hollyhocks, and dreaded flox. A border I thought was mostly my neighbors until I measured our lot. Now all the square footage has been reclaimed as ours and we have covered up most of her ugly white trellis. She is a doll of a neighbor, I just didn't want to look at her garden all day long.
Here is an rooftop before photo from last year of the far right side of this photo - see all that 'mess' and my neighbors yards... and the dreaded 20 foot tall white trellis?

Joel trimmed my apple trees on Sunday and we tied a few more branches together. They are so amazing when they leaf out! Like a tunnel!

I just can't get over how the delineation of the fence makes everything look so much cleaner and bigger. All that work and all the work that is still to come as we wrap it up. We say every time we walk out there how worth it it is.
Someday when I have my farm it will feel so private and other-worldly but now we have that feeling on our little in-town lot.

It's going to be a gorgeous summer.

*I've got a little star there lest you think I am going to lay woodchips or something horrible like that. I always go for the most organic looking, dirt like mulch I can find. Always very dark, NEVER, EVER, EVER, red and never giant chunks of wood. Ugly mulch is a pet peeve of mine, in fact I would rather have just dirt... alas there is not time to pull weeds all day and they Loooooooooooove my garden.


Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!: "

For some reason, this Louis Vuitton ad campaign reminds me of my mother.
Perhaps it's because of the 70's inspired styling, but maybe it's because the
woman looks like she's traveling, my mother's favorite activity.








Mothers, have a happy day!

Images: Louis Vuitton

Family Rooms/ Conservatories

Family Rooms/ Conservatories: "
While contemplating building again,

now seems a time to collect favourite pics together to identify must haves.

French doors opening to the outside seem to me to be a must

(Shabby Chic)
Big openings to create a flow or seamlessness

Panelled at the bottom
(Simple pergola with wisteria trailing- solar friendly)

Still filled with French furniture

Maybe a fireplace

Lots of glass to get the conservatory feel

These were from an open garden last year in WA

I think I'd even prefer it to an alfresco which is so popular in new homes in WA

My big quetion is 'Do I need a gabled roof or just a high ceiling?'


If you live in Monmouthshire....

If you live in Monmouthshire....: "

If you live in Monmouthshire, I am very envious!! On June 18, garden designer, Arne Manyard is opening his garden, Allt-y-Bela for a single evening perfomrance of Romeo and Juliet by the Living Willow Theatre company. Guests are invited to bring a picnic to eat in the garden before the performance starts. A perfect summer's evening, rain or shine, is sure to be had. It sounds like heaven to me....Details, here.

Even better, various day courses
will be held at Allt-y-Bela in June, including:

The Scented Garden, on June 21;
Topiary, Pleached Trees, Hedges and Knots, on June 22;
Orchards and Wildflower Meadows, on June 23.
Course information, here.

When I moved to England over a year ago, I enjoyed gardening
but never thought I would get quite so excited about it. When I
read about this event in House and Garden UK magazine, it was a
'stop the press' moment for me. I just had to share in the hopes
that someone will attend and tell me all about it!

The garden designs of Arne Maynard are all inspiring.
Visit his website for more, here.

Details of event via June 2011 issue of House and Garden