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Intentional Serendipity

Serendipity is one of my favorite words. According to Google, “ser·en·dip·i·ty is the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way”. Due to the nature of chance as it applies to gardens, I often think of it as a design principle in...

Taking Stock of My 2013 Garden

Following the example of some fellow bloggers, I decided that looking through one’s garden experiences from the past year is a great way to begin 2014. So here is a look at my garden through the year. Click on each photo for a larger view.        ...

Seeing Genius Loci

  This October Michael and I travelled to Sedona, AZ. and national parks in Arizona and Utah. It was a journey through geology and I found myself wishing I knew more about geology the farther we travelled. Driving east from the Las Vegas airport, we turned south...

Fluffy Cottage Gardens

  Okay, it has been quite a long time since I’ve created a new post here. I got sidetracked by a couple of other blogs to which I was contributing. I expect to blog much more regularly from now on!! Sometimes a rant is in order and as a designer I certainly...

Deer ravaged to Deer-proof

Cutting back grasses and ferns is no small task in a large garden. So I’ve begun – a little late, but working furiously. As I do so, I see my Thai spirit house garden has had visitors of the nibbling kind-probably deer. They have chewed down my Eunoymus fortunei...

It lives! Spring is on its way…

I try to take a stroll in my garden every day. At this time of year I am on the hunt for anything in bloom. On recent walks, I’ve discovered the following: colorful Hamamelis ‘Diane’ with its thread-like red blossoms delicate Cyclmen coum fragrant...