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warm thoughts on formal gardens

Have I mentioned how hot it’s been lately?

It’s the kind of heat that gives a boho plant nut a deeper appreciation of the cool, austere lines of a formal garden.

A garden built not on the scaffolding of flowers but leaves, eschewing lush variety for lean repetition.

It’s […]

tuesday clippings 3/26/13

Nothing too thematic, just some odds and ends.

To prove I left the plant sale tables briefly and did a lap in the show room at the recent Orange County CSSA show, here’s a Dyckia ‘Brittle Star’ hybrid that won an award. My own big clump of dyckia is starting to throw up […]

driveby gardens 12/17/12; studies in textures

It’s been chronically drizzly the past few days, perfect weather for thinning and transplanting some broccoli rabe seedlings at my community garden plot. On the drive home I slowed for some interesting front gardens of contrasting character, some shrubby, some sleek and geometric.

Some collector’s gardens, elaborately planted, like this one.

Or spare […]