Tools of the Trade…

Tools of the Trade…

Design & Garden Tips
A few years ago I was deep into the spring clean up and had hauled many rounds of debris to the curb to await borough collection–some stacked in piles, the rest in refuse cans. I knew the truck was close by because Katie gave me a three-bark alert. I continued to work when I heard two masculine voices say, “Look at all this. I don’t think I can lift this container ... Read more
East of the Sun…

East of the Sun…

Design & Garden Tips
Diana Krall, a jazz musician I like, sings a song of this title. It opens like this: “East of the sun and west of the moon We’ll build a dream house of love, dear Close to the sun in the day Near to the moon at night We’ll live in a lovely way, dear Sharing our love in the pale moonlight..” I think there is something magical about the far away, the places that are at the edge ... Read more
What’s New?

What’s New?

Design & Garden Tips
According to mythology, the Roman God, Janus, is the god of beginnings, transitions, and in ancient art and architecture presides over doorways and gates as a symbol for this. So appropriate, then, that we have our first month named for him. I have a friend who spends New Year’s Eve talking with her husband about all the things they did over the course of the year ending and the plans they have for the year ahead. I always thought ... Read more
Growing Pains…

Growing Pains…

Design & Garden Tips
We are coming to the end of the season. The flowery part, that is. My garden set is already struck of all annuals except three Dahlias. The containers are emptied, washed out, and stored. I brought out two frost-hardy pots that will feature some winter-y displays when the time comes. There might be some more cut-backs to do, but if I don’t get to them it won’t be a big deal ... Read more