I know “round ups” for blogs normally are posted on Fridays, but lately I have only been able to devote snippets of time to pleasure reading. Just in case the gardener’s spring to do list also has you busy, here are some quick hits of stuff you might find interesting.
SEEING: Spring in Miniature
We only had a few warm spring days so far this year, which has delayed any large showing of spring colors. Luckily there are a few bulbs poking through, even if they are on the petite size. I am so excited to see the first sights of spring, even if it means crouching down to appreciate.
BUYING: Restoration Hardware collaboration with Branch Studios
Susan Cohan shared the scoop a few weeks ago on Deborah Silver‘s collaboration with Restoration Hardware and her Branch Studio containers. We have used her containers at client’s homes and they are as beautiful as they are durable, containers that will be around for years to come. You can see the complete Restoration Hardware collection in the new Outdoor catalog, but currently you can only order the fountain. Congrats to Deborah and the entire Detroit Garden Works team, your work is visionary.
PLANTING: Camouflage™ Variegated Japanese Aralia
While reading the latest issue of Garden Design Magazine, I found a new plant that I am obsessed with, Camouflage™ Variegated Japanese Aralia. Introduced to North American by Dan Hinkley in 2008, the shrub is now distributed by Monrovia Nursery. Currently unavailable, the irregular variegation of the yellow, lime and green leaves on the distinct foliage shape makes it a focal point in any garden design. If I could get my hands on one, I would start with using it in a container and then place in a design once I can get at least three plants. Let me know if anyone has one!
WATCHING: The Great British Garden Revival
Over the winter I got hooked on watching season one episodes of The Great British Garden Revival off YouTube. The hour long programs follow two different gardens types and provides the history, impact and how-to tips that both the novice and experienced would find valuable. I have not been able to locate any of the season two episodes online, but for those lucky Brits episodes are airing now.