Show the world your personality with garden ornaments.
Over the years I’ve learned a lot about gardening by going on garden tours, and analyzing what I was looking at. I figured out mass versus specimen planting, noticed and discovered that plants had different shaped leaves, realized a garden was not just green, but was made up of many different colors of foliage, and staggering plant heights was an important thing to do. I also realized evergreens were the true year round foundation of a zone 5-4 garden like mine in upstate New York.
After discovering all that, I finally opened my eyes to garden ornaments. Garden ornaments are like the accessories; a pair of earrings, bracelet, necklace, purse and shoes that add sparkle to that little black dress for a lady, making it shine, or for a man how that smart tie, pocket square, fun socks, polished shoes and watch set off his suit.
Personal style is really about the accessories that elevate an outfit and give it a certain specialness; the same applies to garden ornaments placed on your property. Continue reading
Some images of different shapes of Flower Arranging FROGS
When most people come across a flower frog they don’t have a clue to what it is, or what you would possibly do with it. Most flower arranging frogs look like some kind of metal pin cushion with perfectly aligned rows of nails sticking straight up out of it (see illustrations 1).
Other frogs that are made of glass, metal or ceramic, might be the size of half an orange or grape fruit with many equal sized holed going straight down into it like illustrations 2.
Still other frogs might resemble the lid of a canning jar with a kind of wide mesh (wire) screen stretched over it (illustrations 3). Continue reading
Some Easy and Imaginative ways to lay out Garden Beds
When most people thing about making a flower garden on their property, they clear a strip of land that runs along a fence or walkway (creating a border), or if imagination strikes they might try making a kidney bean-shaped bed that floats like an island out on some part of their lawn. Both the flower bed and border are just fine, and I have both of them myself, but after a while you need more planting options to make your garden layout interesting.
Recently, after writing a post about Planting a Garden Room on your Property (click on title to read), I started thinking about reshaping part of my vegetable and raspberry patch, along with my daylily and ornamental grass beds, to create a two-sided long vista walk that runs from my great border out back, back toward the house. I’ve come up with many different patterns for beds that are all interchangeable and any one, or all of them can work on any kind of land, no matter the slope of the property or its shape. Continue reading
Helleborus, Hellebore, Lenten Rose, Christmas Rose, Helleborus x hybridus, Helleborus orientalis (The many names for Hellebores)
The hellebore is a wonderful plant that heralds Spring in the garden. Hellebores, or Lenten Roses as they are sometimes called, start blooming around the beginning of the Christian religious period called Lent, in some warm locations, but in my upstate New York garden where the soil freezes hard, the Lenten Rose blooms for Easter, no matter if it is an early or late one (end of March to mid April).
Hellebores come in many colors from a creamy white, to yellow, pale pinks, fuchsia pink, red, purplish tones, blue-violet, burgundy, blackish burgundy, and greenish hues. Speckled variations are also seen. Lenten Roses can be single petaled (actually sepals) or doubles (multiple layers of petals) depending on the cultivar. Flower heads, according to the variety can be small or big, hanging, straight forward facing, and some will direct their faces upward. The texture of some hellebore blossoms reminds me of soft leather, whereas others of a silk-cotton blend of fabric, and some even look wax-like. Continue reading