Nettie's Picks: Here are two plants to know and grow!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
On cold winter mornings, I don't have to consult a thermometer to tell me what the outside temperature is and whether or not I need to put on an extra layer of clothing. All I need to do is take a look at the rhododendrons that are right outside our bedroom window.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The Winter Garden
The beauty of the winter garden depends on our ability to design structure and texture from lasting vertical elements in the landscape. Whereas the summer garden is a color photograph, the winter garden is a black and white image. Photos in black and white require more attention from us. We need to look for a quieter beauty, one based on ordered and pleasingly contrasting textures of vertical plants and materials all held gently in place by structural elements and enlivened by the lines of deciduous branching. Look for that quiet beauty and you’ll find it everywhere.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
|Eastman Johnson: In the Hayloft, c.1877-78, Oil on Canvas, San Diego Museum of Art|
I go positively gaga over barns. I love them. And, the older the better. When the freezing cold of winter seizes up almost everything in these north woods and there's not a whiff of herbal fragrance in the air to remind me of summer pleasures, I go into the barn where the smell of hay still lingers. Our big red barn has been around for almost 200 years and during that time the earthy aroma of livestock and herbage has seeped into just about every pore of the old beams, rafters and floorboards. And I love it there.