Monday, December 9, 2013


Interested in any of the lovelies above?  Come to the Long Beach Swap Meet this weekend! Specifically Sunday Dec. 15th.   Come hang out with me and my cohorts Denise of A Growing Obsession and Reuben of Rancho Reubidoux.  Come for handmade, local, vintage, and super cool stuff!!!

Reuben's large art work

Denise's photo of my concrete and her rope creations

Friday, October 11, 2013

Post apocalyptic gardening

Driving around on the west side I saw this beauty...  Evocative of a post apocalyptic dystopia, I thought this was a great example of extreme urban gardening.  It looks like they're mostly growing tomatoes and aloe vera, but the whole set up is kinda fun. I also thought the water bottles in the front were interesting, not sure if they are collecting rain water or something else. Maybe it's just watching too much "The Walking Dead", but I think I could get into this. This may be my future.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Constant Gardener

I'm very pleased to share Cindy McNatt's profile on me and my garden in last Saurday's OC Register! Most of the photos are from a year and half ago, but the article was just sweet as pie!

Playing rough: Blog inspiration turned mini obsession

So last week I read one of Denise's posts on A Growing Obsession about "a diamond in the rough".  She was reposting on a concrete diamond project. Well, I printed out the original template and kinda went nuts.  And to my critics I say isn't this better than most addictions?!!

Take a look at will most likely be the tip of a big iceberg.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Designing with Jonathan

In the afternoon on the day I was at Chanticleer Jonathan asked me if I wanted to have fun with some of the containers on the porch (I'm sure there is some official name for that part of the house).  He gets arrange and rearrange lots of lovely ferns and other shade denizens for really excellent effects. What a job!  It reminded me of the front porch at Great Dixter.

Jonathan thought I should create a new container planting to add to his scheme.  I chose a low bowl and added some odd terra-cotta sewer pipes, I'm not sure what they were, but they were fun.  Then I loaded them up with mossy lovelies and bromeliads and we carted it off.

As you might imagine two garden designers arranging  a space took a fair amount of give and take, I think the final product was very nice. And it was certainly fun to work with Jonathan in the garden.

I will take credit for putting that half round terra cotta pot at such an extreme angle 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Visiting Jonathan at Chanticleer

Chanticleer Garden in Wayne Pennsylvania must be one of the most unique, beautiful and well run gardens in the country. I'm very fortunate to be friends with Jonathan Wright who lives and works at the garden. I have also been fortunate to see the garden several times over the years and have seen the progression of plantings, furniture and art. This morning when the garden was closed I had a long stroll. Below is what I found.

Jonathan has an amazing eye,  I have these same incredible natural concretions at home but not perfectly arranged like this. 

Jonathan created what I would call hanging meadows

very unusual Dahlia 'Obsidian ', Jonathan's find

Dan Benarik's tower of some variegated Coprosma

Dan's tropical design is fantastic, subtle color play with Philodendrons

This year's Tea Cup Garden

Ginormous hibiscus

Zinnias in the veg garden

Loving this huddled family of Ilex 'Sky Pencil'

Erie stone faces a la Marcia Donohue

all weather furniture

Spectacular kale fields

Alocasia 'Sting Ray'

Jonathan's temporary meadow

Love Jonathan's color combos!

Jonathan again, lemony fun

This urn has been covered with this same ivy for many years... I recognize it from The American Hort Society's A-Z

Erithrina variegata?

Schaueria flavicoma (LOVE)

Angelica gigas

Aechmea blanchetiana

golden Tupidanthus

lumbering hulks of Picea abies 'Pendula'

playful acorns and oaks

coffin or dinning table

comfy ;)

Gingko espalier

bridge as art


not a plane crash but tree bridge, more bridge as art.  Love this though they were toning down the color of the "bark".  What a wonderful and ambitious project.  Only a place like Chanticleer can do things like this!