Random iPhone Photos

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We are officially on baby watch at the McCullough’s with my wife due any day/moment with baby number 2. This has made it hard at times to concentrate with thinking any phone call is The Phone Call so creating blog posts has been difficult. While I continue to be distracted here are some random iPhone photos of what we have been up to the past few weeks.

We have a new client that needed a clean up at their house. It is nice to be able to work at getting boxwoods clipped into shape and freshly cleaned beds.

I have shared the stock tank veggie containers at a client’s home before, but this summer we have expanded to include additional veggie boxes.

We had a nursery tour in Oregon this August which resulted in a lot of new plants arriving over at Red Twig Farms. This required us to get in the tractor which is always fun.

We are stock piling winter projects, which includes buying used teak outdoor furniture to restore and offer to clients in the spring. This set of Smith & Hawken includes a table, six dinning chairs and two benches. It will be a lot of work in oiling etc, but totally worth it.

September was the New Albany Classic, which is a charity Grand Prix event. For the past few years we have volunteered time and resources for decorating. The container above has been at our shop for the summer, made a short visit at the Grand Prix and is now at a client’s home.

The night before the Grand Prix, there was a donor party. We provided the lavender and maple trees inside the old apple boxes for the event. These were later transported down to the VIP tent the next day.

This is mid-set up, but here is our antique truck used as a prop around the food stations.

Finally, it is time for fall containers. The two above are for a client’s new house that feature our twigs grown at Red Twig Farms.

Quick question, has anyone heard about Moleskine creating photo books? They have not officially released yet, but I am going to try to do a portfolio book. The books are printed with all the classic Moleskine details, which I think would be great for presenting designs. The only issue would be all the images are horizontal. I think it will be worth the time to upload and design and have as something to share with clients. I might also attempt a Magcloud book or Pinhole Press. The long term goal would be to create something via Blub, but would want something way more substantial with case studies, design thoughts, etc. Do you recommend any other options for online printing portfolios?

Backyard Flower Arrangement

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My wife and her friend Jen run the online celebration and gifting magazine, Pimlico. They are finishing the final shoots for the Holiday/Winter issue, and one of them required a flower arrangement. Since they are on a budget, the only flowers purchased were a dozen of peach roses from the local grocery store. All the other greenery and flowers came from our garden at home or around the nursery at work. Below is the almost final arrangement (Black sweet potato vine will be added fresh for the shoot since it will wilt between now and then.)  I think this is a great example of how to use what you have at hand in the backyard to make a unique arrangement, even outside the peak of spring and summer flowers.

The other benefit of looking to your own yard for greens and flowers are the different textures you would not normally be able to pick up yourself at the florist or would think to request in an ordered arrangement. Look for the Holiday/winter issue of Pimlico for the finished arrangement. In the mean time here is a breakdown of the flowers and greenery used:

 

Red Twig Farms – Sneak Peak

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I am not sure if I have talked about our farm venture before on the blog or not. It is called Red Twig Farms and currently consists of 12 acres of land that we are growing an assortment of flowers and ornamental branches to sell both wholesale and locally. We are in our first season of production for ornamental branches and are preparing to get information out to local and national vendors about our assortment. This has been a wonderful venture for us since it allows us to really grow and nurture plants and create a new brand. Here is a little look at what we are working on for Red Twig Farms.

 

The logo was designed by a local designer that is a friend of my wife’s and often does some of our design work for McCullough’s Landscape. She is an amazing designer and has an equally talented husband that is also a graphic designer. She did our Holiday Book last winter.

 

We just had business cards printed and were heavily influenced by these cards found on Pinterest designed by intrabang for Taylor Black, a London Jeweler. Our spring production will be mainly cut peony flowers, with 300 plants currently and plans to expand with additional plants every year. We alternated the backs of the business cards with four different Victorian peony illustrations similar to the roses used by Taylor Black. We had these all printed by uprinting, which is a great low cost solution for anyone needing cards/flyers etc printed.

We are also working on a product catalog for the ornamental stems that we will have available this fall/winter. We plan on having it printed by Magcloud and packaged with additional ordering material. However, it is still a work in progress, but here are some images from the photo shoots we have been doing.

 

Above is a selection of the dogwood stems we will have available. They come in three main colors; flame, burgundy and yellow. We will also have three colors of contorted willows available; black, crimson and yellow. You can see how these types of branches can be used in the photo below. They are great in holiday outdoor container designs as well as in floral arrangements.

 

There is still a lot of work that we need to get done for Red Twig Farms. We need to get the website up and running, send out all our marketing materials and there is the constant management of the plants. I will keep you posted on the winter assortment as well as share spring once the time comes. For spring the assortment will include cut peonies, pussy willows and cut alliums.