From a favorite blog, “Now Smell This”: a review of the book “Remarkable Trees”, linked to fragrance. Happy Friday!
A better term is “physical distancing,” which is literally what I have to do when I am working in the front garden and anyone walks by. Rather than …Is social distancing a natural thing for gardeners?
How are you and your garden faring during social isolation?
We bought our first house in 1986. Not long afterwards, we met the neighbor from three doors down. His name was Ethan Becker. His grandmother and …Lingering Plants from a Long Gone Garden
I loved this piece. Please enjoy!
I hope you’ve been enjoying the holidays, whatever you celebrate. The church my family attends is always beautiful, but at this time of year it overflows with flowers and greenery, arranged by dozens of talented volunteers.
I’m thankful for so much, especially my family and the good health we all enjoy. Thankful also for my home and my garden, in which I plan to continue planting bulbs this weekend!
A nice introduction to some scented plants in a different part of the US than where I live. Beautiful illustrations, too!
Spring in southern Indiana is a cacophony of overload for the senses. As an artist, I’m naturally attracted to the visual of the changing season. From the pale greens of new shoots and leaves to the endless variety of flowers. Something new is blooming every week. And sounds add to the wallpaper of the experience as I presented the cheerful house wren in a recent post.
One thing that I haven’t touched on are the beautiful scents that waft through the air. Yes, there are plenty of floral perfumes from cultivated plants, but today I want to show you three wildflowers with really strong scents.
The first is the multi flora rose. First introduced from Asia as a soil erosion remedy, it quickly got out of hand and is truly a noxious weed. So difficult to get rid of. However, for a…
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Another review of another St. Clair Scents fragrance that will appeal to gardeners!
Diane St. Clair is a dairy farmer and artisan maker of butter so good that she supplies it to the legendary French Laundry restaurant, among others. She is also now an artisan perfumer, having launched her first three scents earlier this year under the name St. Clair Scents. I’ve already written about Gardener’s Glove; today, I’ll take a look (or sniff!) at First Cut.
The name refers to the first mowing of a hayfield, in late summer. This is an important time at a dairy farm, as the mown hay will provide fodder for the cows during the winter. Here is the description of First Cut from St. Clair Scents’ website:
The hay harvest is the focus of every dairy farmer’s summer, keeping the fields regenerating and providing hay for the cows in winter.
The mowing and drying of native grasses, clovers, wild flowers, and legumes takes…
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Some truly gorgeous frosty photos from The Teddington Gardener! Morning frost is so fleeting, and so lovely.
Almost a perfect mirror, crossing by Teddington Lock this morning. Had to stop and take a picture though Important Business going on at Petersham Nurseries with the arrival of the Christmas trees. They were packed up for us in Warwickshire at about 5am to get to us in time for opening. Busy Busy.
But first I had to have a look around the nurseries as frost rimed many of the plants, so delicately, and the first rays of the morning sun soon cleared away the spectacle.
But to business with the trees ….
Beautiful Nordmann Firs, from little ‘uns through to 2.25m beauties. I had thought not to have a Christmas tree this year (I have a suspended holly bush in my mind for the conservatory) but I’m sure once I have sorted through this selection tomorrow, well I might have to reserve on before they are all taken.
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Aren’t these photos, paintings, sketches, and embroidery designs beautiful? Some day I will find the time to stitch one of these patterns …
Hope this finds you well?
Continuing on with my recent overseas trip, this week I would love to share with you a rare and wonderful opportunity that presented itself on a stopver in Paris, on our return trip to Cape Town from Italy.
As you all probably know, my first book was “Redoute’s Finest Flowers In Embroidery”, published in 2001. It is almost out of print now but still holds a very special place in my heart.
The botanical paintings of the artist Pierre Joseph Redoute have always held a fascination for me and unbelievably, for the first time in France, Musée de la Vie Romantique (the Museum of Romantics) and the Museum of Natural History were holding an exhibition of 250 of his rare, original, watercolours. I was beyond excited!
Pierre-Joseph Redouté, (1759 – 1840) was a painter and botanist from Belgium, known for his watercolours of…
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We love succulents, and we love tiny things. So we’re not suprised that these veritable mini garden manicures are growing (heh) super popular on Instagram. Australian botanical artist Roz Borg normally uses succulents to create stunning bouquets, terrariums, and jewelry, but recently started turning the tiny living plants into nail art. “I had been making […]
This is WONDERFUL! Can’t say I would do this myself, but how lovely that someone else has thought this up and done it. I rarely get manicures — hello, I garden, often without gloves — but this really tickled my fancy. Do you have favorite succulents? Likes or dislikes?