Monthly Archives: March 2010


I love working with wrought iron on my projects.  It is such an ancient art that has been lost in many areas.  You can always find someone that can make a basic fence or gate for you but to really find someone that knows how to work with iron is getting harder and harder.  I am fortunate to have two different amazing craftsmen in Lexington, one is a self taught sculptor and the other has extensively studied ironwork and blacksmithing.  They have both produced some amazing work for me.  Here are some examples of work they have done for me on a few projects over the last few years.

I am allowing the gate and fence in these next two pictures rust on purpose.  I feel like this lends a more organic feel to something that it very structural.  Once it get the right patina we seal it with a clear coat which slows the rusting down.  Remember though, rust never sleeps and it will eventually destroy this fence but for the life of the garden it should be just fine.  If you want to achieve this effect more quickly you can treat the iron with Ferric Nitrate.


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Pruning art

I found this on Jake Hobson’s blog and have been holding onto it for a little while.  Jake says “this is the most amazing yew tree I have ever seen”, and I would have to agree with him.  This tree is pruned once a year by an 82 year old who sets aside most of the month of August for the task.  This is absolutely amazing!!

If pruning is you’re idea of fun then check out Jake’s webpage to find the finest pruning tools and ladders available.


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Plants are cool and Anthropologie aims to prove it

It’s official, horticulture is chic!  I just saw the new edition of Anthropologie’s March catalog and most of the catalog was shot either in greenhouses or in a jungle or garden setting.  Its got to be nice to have a massive budget to stock a greenhouse with whatever you want for a photo shoot.  Row upon row of orchids and great detail work in the benches and lath work.  I also love to see these old greenhouses looking so good; I have 4 cypress greenhouses from the 1940’s on my property that need serious attention and seeing these pictures gives me hope.  I’m sure that the photo shoot has nothing to do with subliminal messaging to get people into their garden center concept store Terrain.

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