10.13.2014

Time To Get Your Tulip On


With the back to school drama, a mere memory at best, and pumpkin, costume and candy picking just about to take center stage, now is the perfect time to dream big and start your spring tulip planning.


Whether you are using a color blocked design



or a single


double




or triple color theme



Now is the time to start planting


Plant in Mass.....and I do mean Mass. One tulip here one there is never going to give you the show you are looking for. A good rule of thumb is to double or even triple whatever you thought you would need, and stagger your rows.......makes for a fuller more natural display


Tulip planting tips:
Plant bulbs 6-8 weeks before a hard frost

Tulips prefer a site with full or afternoon sun. In zones 7 and 8 you can get away with a bit of shade or morning sun.

Tulips do not like wet feet preferring a well drained soil. Wet soil will lead to fungus and bulbs will rot.  Water only after planting to stimulate growth or during a very dry spell.

Plant bulbs at least 8" deep measuring from the base up, and between 4' to 6" apart.

If planning on re-using bulbs next fall, feed them at planting time.

With tulip bulbs " bigger is better"





To deter mice and moles from feasting, mulch with holly or other thorny leaves .
or try planting within wire baskets .............have not tried this but it sounds good in theory.



Not sure where you should be planting your tulips? Try planting among the late spring emerging perennial beds such as Hosta , Lamb's Ear and Nepeta to name a few. As the plants leaves develop and open  they will hide the yellowing foliage of your tulips.




Nothing says spring like a containers of tulips gracing a front door or lining a walkway. For most of us in the cooler climates the surest way of getting these beauties to bloom come spring is by forcing. 
Brown bag your bulbs and place in the fridge for 10 weeks......tulips need  cold temps to get things going.......do not and I repeat do not place in crisper draw or near, apples, grapes apricots or onions it can actually kill your bulbs. After 6 weeks has past plant as you normally would in garden pots or in shallow glass dishes lined with pebbles. No need for soil as the bulb itself is all the food your tulip will need in order to bloom.


For the showiest of shows fill the entire pot placing bulbs shoulder to shoulder.


You can never over plant tulips!

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9.18.2014

Thoughts.............




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7.29.2014

A Surefire Attention Grabber.


Sexy , Spicey, Sassy Red


Like a 3rd grader with the correct answer, arms waving enthusiastically, "ME ME ME, over here ME", Red demands as well as commands center stage. Drawing attention to wherever it is placed, be it  flowers in a summer border, to cherry red Andirondack chairs, red draws attention to an area like nothing else quiet can.


A red garden is a summer garden
a mass of red
a patch of red
a clump of red
a sprinkling of red
a touch of red
a hit of red
All make up a summer display in the garden


A warm color, Red can be used to influence your perception guiding you to an area as well as away from another
Ruby Red
Wine Time
Diablo
Peppermint Patty
Mr. Lincoln
Black Cherry
Fruit Punch
Cranberry Crush
Europeana



vincent van gogh

paul gauguin

Big bold Red adds energy and interest to any space it occupies.

william merrit chase


Summer's high held heat.

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6.19.2014

Finally Surfacing!


With my design work  finally manageable once again, I will be back next week sharing some very new gardens as well as designs ideas to help bring your garden to the next level.

5.17.2014

A Little Saturday Color Blocking



As many of those who have worked with me know, I most often times will plant in mass either with color and or textures, for both shrubs as well as perennials.
 Miquel Urquijo Rubio's gardens are a good example of this. Just as you would use colors opposite each other on the color wheel with interiors, planting outdoors using this same principal creates the same strong visual.


 Here shades of lavender and purple are planted with yellow greens to create a strong plant pallet




Always a winning combination for both indoors and out lavenders, gray's and yellow grreens

5.13.2014

Neat, Orderly & One of a Kind



With carefully chosen plantings and ordered geometries the design company of Zaremba & Company has once again created a winning combination.

Asked to create a garden that is neat and organized yet be "one of a kind", the design team came up with a simplistic, elegant, contemporary landscape. Deciding to use right angle shapes and to mass plant with texture and subtle color changes rather than a riotous of color, a sense of calm is created. The designs energy comes in the movement of the plants.............a gently swaying of a mass planting of grasses can animate any design......as well as the water features through out the gardens.

This type of design can be repeated in most any garden setting whether it be traditional or contemporary. Just keep in mind the fundamentals applied in this landscape, straight and right angled planting beds as well as low layers of mass planting. Here boxwood, ornamental grasses, sedums, hostas, ferns.and ajuga were used to create this setting.









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4.24.2014

mia cupola




Like the cherry on the top of my favorite Sunday, cupolas have always been for me that one final statement that completes most designs. Whether it be added to the roof of the main structure or to an accessory structure, cupolas hold a certain fascination.

Used now mostly for ornamentation, cupola's in the past have been used for ventilation and light as well belvederes or widow's walks. If they have windows they are sometimes called lanterns, and the smallest of cupolas are called monitors

The rule of thumb I use most often on deciding exactly what size to install goes something like this.............. 1.25" of base of cupola for every foot of unbroken roof line.  In other words if  the top of the roof  line measures 24'-0" left to right, the minimum length of your cupola base should be 30". I have on occasion gone up a size or two depending on the design of the structure it will be mounted on.





image via Weathervains of Maine











coyle house
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