Mind the Gap…

June 24, 2009

Many of us have a hard time knowing what to plant in the garden to bloom this time of year.  It seems the peonies and iris are finishing up and the summer flowers are not quite ready to open.

We’ve put together our thoughts on plant choices for this time of year.

Click here to download our “Mind the Gap” information sheet!


Dianthus 'Betty Morton'

Campanula glomerata

Crambe cordifolia

what’s blooming…

June 21, 2009

Summer still seems to elude us this year.  It’s odd to drive up route 116 and see folks tilling their vegetable gardens or just starting to plant them out.  Last year was similar- cool, but with much more rain.  Perennials, trees and shrubs seem to like the cooler weather, but signs of powdery mildew, rot and insect infestations tell us they don’t like the dampness.  Annuals (including vegetables), don’t like this weather at all (with the exception of lettuce and spinach which thrive in cool temps).

With the advancement of blooms comes the advancement of weeds!  We’ve got a bumper crop this year and getting to them before they set seed will be a challenge.  Other than the weeds, the gardens look great.  My only frustration is not having the time to get into them and work.  In this business, it all happens at once- the gardens, the nursery, and the consulting.

We attended the North Hill Symposium this year as a vendor for the 14th time.  For those of you who haven’t been to this event, stay tuned for it next year- it’s a one-of-a-kind series of lectures by preeminent gardeners, designers, and writers.  We always come back with a few Guy Wolff pots, epimediums, and exotic tropicals, (orchids), from the other vendors.

what’s blooming…

June 10, 2009

The garden is certainly moving forward with blooms.  The fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus), is just starting to open today- so I’ll have some photos of that in my next post.  In the village- my sister’s fringe tree has been in full bloom for 5 days or more by now- what a difference a couple of miles can make!  It’s peony and iris time- I see it all through town.  Korean lilacs and other late bloomers, like Miss Canada, are still filling the air with fragrance.  Spireas are blooming and large-leaved rhododendrons are just past peak.  Thanks for checking in!

We’ve been working on this project for a few years.  It spent a couple of those years in the design phase because it was developed alongside the plans for the home.  One of the owners is the architect who designed the house.  We worked together to make sure the inside and outside worked together and created a seamless transition.  We like to associate sharp geometrical shapes and patterns and juxtapose them against more organic plantings and garden elements.

Enjoy the tour of the street-side below.


cool overlapping concrete steps

Front Entry Garden

Dianthus and Sedums

The Upper Lawn

Front Steps

Organic meets Geometric

The Front Steps

Stone and Stonecrop

Front Entry

the Hawthorne rod

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