Accentuate it! That’s what my mother, a retired interior designer, used to say. In other words, there are some things that are best “hidden” by calling attention to the area in some way. Do you have a bare spot in the garden? Put a brightly colored bird bath, potted plant or garden ornament there. Is there a fire hydrant in the front yard? Paint it bright red, orange, pink or all three colors and plant some equally brilliant flowers around it. “Ta-da! Here is the FIRE HYDRANT!” such a planting will say…not to mention make it instantly noticeable should the fire fire department need to find it.
As we clear out gardens in the fall, sometimes they appear barren and this can take some getting used to. A visual problem? Accentuate it! If you have a bench or a couple of nice garden chairs, place them in this area. You don’t have to sit in there…these seats are more sculpture than they are functional furniture. If the seating you choose is a bright color, that’s even better. Since we’re going into the season where it gets dark at 5 PM it can also be cheering to string lights over and around that garden furniture. When you see these with small Christmas lights around them, you will no longer see that empty bed. Instead, you’re mind will say, “Yay! It’s a brightly lit chair!”
Bet you didn’t even see the hose in this garden, right? The gardener used these painted seed heads to call attention to the bare area with soaker hose….which makes both those things it disappear.
At the end of October, when the nights are getting cool, we no longer have basil to harvest. But there are other greens that also make delicious pesto and today’s recipe provides a colorful twist on a favorite dish. I used three greens we have in the garden right now. You might use kale or
I was on a garden consultation recently and we came across a tiny weeping plant that was about a foot and a half tall. It was a mound of curved down stems and leaves, looking more like a small “Cousin It” plant or some sort of sea creature than a shrub or tree. “This was
Cape Cod Non-Profits;
Wouldn’t it be great if your non-profit held a fundraiser that was promoted far beyond the Cape by professional marketers? Would you like your group to be making money, building other non-profits and businesses, all while celebrating beautiful gardens? This is what the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, to be
Name: Hydrangea macrophylla ‘PllHM-l’ (doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue, does it?) luckily, it’s aka Hydrangea Twist-n-Shout
Type of Plant: This is my favorite hydrangea from the Endless Summer series of plants. It is a big-leaf lacecap hydrangea, a shrub that is hardy in zones 4–9 but blooms best in zones 6 and above.
One of my favorite books is titled Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (Shambhala Classics) It’s written by Pema Chodran who is described as ” a Buddhist nun for regular folks.” As we frequently see, however, the wisdom from one aspect of life, in this case spirituality and mindfullness, is applicable to