Looking back: Container Designs 2015

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Looking back: Container Designs 2015, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Finally, we have snow and below freezing temperatures. This mild winter has allowed the team to continue with projects up until Christmas, and now finally we have a chance to breath. 2015 was a busy year, and unfortunately I did not always remember to bring my camera to the job site. And as I look back at blog post, I did not share much of what we accomplished. But now I am in the office, editing the images I will spend the winter posting to catch up.

 

Here is a selection of our container designs from our main container season of May through October. Looking back: Container Designs 2015, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

Looking back: Container Designs 2015, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Looking back: Container Designs 2015, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Looking back: Container Designs 2015, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Looking back: Container Designs 2015, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Looking back: Container Designs 2015, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Looking back: Container Designs 2015, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Looking back: Container Designs 2015, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Looking back: Container Designs 2015, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Looking back: Container Designs 2015, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Looking back: Container Designs 2015, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Looking back: Container Designs 2015, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Looking back: Container Designs 2015, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

Looking back: Container Designs 2015, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Looking back: Container Designs 2015, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

 

 

Recommended Gifts

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Recommended Gifts, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

It’s time of the year for holiday gift guides. Not typically a fan of “gardener gift suggestions”, since they often created by folks that don’t garden and think all gardeners use are hoses, shovels, gloves and hand cream.  Here are my recommended items for either yourself or a gardener on your list based entirely on items I use or have.

 

Recommended Gifts, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

 

The Gardens of Arne Maynard. I judge garden books first by the photographs. It is impossible to get the same perspective from an image that you get from standing in a real garden. So the photos in garden books have to be incredible strong, with great color saturation, image size and paper quality to bridge that gap, and this book delivers all that.  With images both at the micro and macro levels of a garden, you are able to appreciate, study and learn from Arne Maynard’s design style.  Written by Maynard himself with the details a plantsman and designer wants learn, as if you were walking through the gardens with him listening to the stories, learnings, and inspiration for each space.

 

Swiss Army Floral Knife.  This knife is great for its thin profile (easy in the pocket), sharp, flat blade, bright colors (I have yellow) and price (if I lose it, not a big deal). Use it to cut back blooms, take cuttings, and open nursery boxes.

 

Wild Tomato Vine, Pure Soy Candle. My mom got me hooked on this candle after she purchased one during a trip to Detroit Garden Works. The fragrance of tomato vines creates such a sensory experience for me that when the grey of March becomes numbing, this candle reminds me that life is coming. Forget the smell of flowers, gardeners want that fresh vine ripened tomato smell.

 

Klein Tools Canvas Leather-Bottom Bucket Bag.  Designed for electrical workers, these bags are sturdy and just the right size for carrying my essential gardening tools around the yard and from job site to job site. I can carry pruners and soil knife when not in use, ear protection, cleaning supplies for pruners, etc. I also love the rough and tumbled look the leather and canvas as gained over the years.

 

The Wave Hill Chair by Dan Benarcik. My trip to Philadelphia this past fall was so inspiring, with over 200 photos on my camera taken in three short days. While there I was able to put together the connection of the iconic garden chair with the craftsman Dan Benarcik. Over the years Dan has been crafting and refining the famous Wave Hill chair and offers the chairs for sale in finished, kit and PDF plans. My winter project is attempting to craft the chair using some spare lumber we have at the shop from the PDF. If you feel less handy use the kit or even order a completed chair.    

 

Have a great holiday, and if you have any great tools or gifts you recommend please pass along. I am always looking for something to keep in my Klein bag.

Beauty in Decay

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Fall came quickly, but thanks to a wet spring we had some amazing fall color over an Indian summer for the past few weeks.  There is not much left in the garden in bloom, just a lot of leaves to haul back for composting. However, I love the form of the fall garden- I truly think there is beauty in decay  There are few plants I don’t appreciate for their form.  Below are a few plants I really enjoy having throughout the winter for their ghost forms in the often barren garden. I am not one of those gardeners who come through and clear cut the garden come fall.  I enjoy the transition of the seasons.  The autumn color palette, though it is not my favorite, plays an important role in reminding us of the season that was and the anticipation of the seasons to come.

Beauty in Decay, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Here is a breakdown of the plants I gathered for the arrangement.

Beauty in Decay, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

Chasmanthium latifolium- norther sea oats, Beauty in Decay, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Above: Chasmanthium latifolium- norther sea oats

 Asclepias syriaca- common milkweed, Beauty in Decay, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Above: Asclepias syriaca- common milkweed

Amsonia hubrichtii- blue star, Beauty in Decay, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Above: Amsonia hubrichtii- blue star

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'- eulalia grass, Beauty in Decay, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Above: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’- eulalia grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'- eulalia grass, Echinacea purpurea- coneflower, Hakonechla 'All Gold'- Japanese forest grass, Beauty in Decay, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Above: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’- eulalia grass, Echinacea purpurea- coneflower, Hakonechla ‘All Gold’- Japanese forest grass

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' - smooth hydrangea, Beauty in Decay, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Above: Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ – smooth hydrangea