Monthly Archives: November 2009

The Gardens of Eyrignac

When do I get to take my trip to France?  There are so many amazing gardens that I am dying to see.  Eyrignac is at the very top of my list.  I found this great video I wanted to share with you.  You can find their web site HERE.

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Little and Lewis

Years ago I had the chance to visit the studio and garden of sculptors and designers George Little and David Lewis.  Stepping into their garden was like being transported to a different world.  I had always thought columns were supposed to be grey; and all of the garden sculpture I had seen had been classical. But not here.  Little and Lewis has become widely know for their work and have just published a book on their installations.  I am trying to figure out which of my gardens needs a giant pomegranate.  How cool is that!

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Looking for ideas

I always look for new ideas and applications of materials while traveling.  Observation, sketching, and copious photographs while traveling should be obligatory for any designer at all times but especially while traveling; who knows when you will be able to get back to have a look at a brickwork detail or new use of a material.  I took this first picture in Milan in front of the Armani cafe (who else to look to for design ideas than Giorgio). I had seen really low and tight boxwood massing used by Russell Page and once I saw it here I knew I had to put it to use.  It is now an application that I use often.  It is akin to using the boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) as a groundcover.  It is perfect when you want evergreen structure and formality in a design without compromising or hiding the architecture.  It is almost liking creating a pediment to frame the architecture.  I use bare root liners that I purchase from a wholesale nursery but boxwood cuttings are extremely easy to propagate and this could be accomplished by a homeowner as a great experiment in propagation.  I find it works best if you let the plants root and establish for at least a year before pruning.

This was taken as we were still installing the liners two years ago.

This is two years after the installation.  The bottom still has a little bit of filling in to do but my intention is to keep this clipped very tightly.

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Jacques Wirtz pictures II

I’m not quite sure where I pulled these pictures but I am always amazed by what this amazing designer does.  I thought these were an interesting perspective.  There is always something subtle to learn form him.

 

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Landscape Plans

Here are a few examples of some of the plans that we have been working on.  These renderings are by my great friend Ted Hardwick; as you can see he is an amazing illustrator and draftsmen.  My presentations wouldn’t have nearly the weight the I hope they do without his help.  We do some computer generated rendering but I really feel like you get a much more organic feel with these.  Enjoy.

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Cold Hardy Camellias

We have all experienced plant envy in our lives as gardeners.  There is always an amazing plant I see when traveling that I want so badly but know won’t work in my zone.  Finally some help.  Bill Ackerman from the National Arboretum and Clifford Parks from North Carolina have been working to create Camellias that will work in colder climates than the traditional warmer zones that they thrived in.  They have come up with some wonderful cultivars.  I have just planted C. oleifera ‘Snow Flurry’ in my trial gardens at my office and am amazed at the mass of blooms I am getting in the middle of November when little else is showing off.  This is just one of many of the cultivars that have been introduced.  See below for some of the other cold hardy cultivars that are available.

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‘Frost Prince’ – cold hardy to -20 C.  The flowers are 10 cm in diameter with profuse deep pink blooms.  Blooms mid to late autumn.

‘Winter Star’ – cold hardy to -25 C.  8 cm flowers flat blooms with violet-pink blooms.  Bloom mid autumn to early winter.

‘Winter’s Toughie’ – cold hardy to -26 C. Attractive semi-double flowers with fluted and notched petals of lavender-pink.  Blooms late autumn to early winter.

‘Winter’s Interlude’ – cold hardy to -26 C.  This cultivar is suitable for hedging and has pink anemone form blooms.  Blooms mid winter.

‘Pink Icicle’ – cold hardy to -23 C.  A lovely shell pink peony form with 11 cm blooms that flowers late winter to early spring.

‘Fire ‘n’ Ice’ – cold hardy to -23 C.  Bright semi-double to rose-form double.  9.5 cm blooms appear in mid spring.

‘Spring Frill’ – cold hardy to -23 C. 12 cm blooms are a rose-form double with bright iridescent pink petals.  Blooms in late spring.

April Series: All plants in this series are cold hardy to -17 C.

‘April Blush’ – Semi-double and quite large averaging 12.5 cm in diameter. Cream and pale pink shading on the blooms that appear in early spring.

‘April Dawn’ – Medium-sized, multicolored, white flecked with occasional stripes of pink.  Proportions of color on the blooms varies throughout the plant.  Blooms mid to late spring.

‘April Rose’ – A very regular formal double, rose-red with slightly paler shading as they age.  Blooms mid to late spring.

All cultural information comes from: Camellias The Gardeners Encyclopedia by Jennifer Trehane.

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String Gardens!

This has got to be one of the coolest things I have seen in a long time.  I can’t take credit for the discovery, that would go to Rochelle Greayer at Studio G who maintains an amazing blog that is very much worth checking out.  I don’t even know how to describe this so I will let the pictures do the explanation.  Make sure you check out the link to the ‘Moving’ section of the web site; it’s amazing!!

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