A Year of Gardens – Day 26

A summer visit at JJ DeSousa’s home in Portland 2014. Viva de colores. I think that is French, or Italian, or just some language I mangled where I’m trying to say, “Look at all this great color!!”

Jj De Sousa, a Portland designer, lives life in color.

Charlotte Weychan in a pensive moment

Her home is a reflection of her eclectic and fun shop Digs – Inside and Out.

Doesn’t everyone dream of a three carrot gate? 

Check out the old pigeon coops on the wall growing succulents

A Year of Gardens – Day 24

Last January the Colonel and I were in Kauai, Hawaii and were able to visit Allerton Botanic Garden.  There was much to see in design and flowering plants that were stunning, but the roots on the Giant Australian Fig Trees (Moreton Bay Figs) kept me mesmerized. Wouldn’t it be fun to grow up playing hide and seek among these roots?                      

 

A Year of Gardens – Day 23

 For all my friends who’ve been blinded by the white of the last few days of snow, here’s a little color from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles gardens. (Pictures taken this September 2015)

A Year of Gardens – Day 22

Gardening is not just about the plants or design, but the weather that controls the life of those plants. This snowstorm will leave many plants damaged and many others sheltered from the cold. And it leaves me with visions of beauty.

A Year of Gardens – Day 21

How about this for a creative hedge? These ‘Little Gem’ magnolias are pruned twice a year to keep them around 3-4 feet high around some of the homes at Watercolor Place in Florida. Plants are planted when they are 3 gallon size pot size.

A Year of Gardens – Day 18

I’m realizing that daily blogs and manning trade show booths are not always a good combination. But there are times when we can show how you can have fun with plants. Yep, showing folks how to use our Crescent Garden dinnerware for succulent dishes. 

A Year of Gardens – Day 16

Doesn’t matter if you are a republican or a democrat. Bleeding heart (dicentra) can  bring you joy in the shade garden. Blooms spring and sometimes again in the fall.