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onions

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I just couldn’t resist photographing these fresh picked onions…a rustic wooden box provides the perfect backdrop for these aubergine jewels…

art for the eyes and body

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photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

Onions from Lexington Community Farm, Lexington Massachusetts

swan lake

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this afternoon’s snow globe flakes and steel gray water provided the perfect backdrop for a winter swan ballet…I wish you could have been there with me to experience this tranquil dance of snow and nature

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photography by danielle boudrot ~ 1/18/14

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! May your day be filled with love, joy and beauty!

chagall

A village in winter ~ Marc Chagall, 1930

autumn bounty

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Gold, crimson and orange abound! How glorious are the tastes and colors of autumn…I hope you are enjoying the golden light and sweet flavors of this extraordinary season!

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photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

gary’s autumn

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How wonderful to experience the beauty of autumn through the eyes of a loved one! These expressive photos of Hutchins Farm,¬†in Concord Massachusetts, were taken by my brother Gary while on a shopping trip with my mom…autumn’s warm golden light served him well elevating this humble window shade and orderly row of pumpkins into glowing works of art and in the foreground, bins of aubergine tinted vegetables offered him sculptural forms and textures as only nature could provide…a simple yet soulful composition that speaks so eloquently to fall in New England…so glad I could share this with you today

Gary and mom’s shopping list:

apples

honey nut squash

scallions

cooking onions

tomatoes

raspberries

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photography by gary geissler, 9/29/13

bee happy

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The garden was buzzing with activity today! Bees in all their glory savoring the sweet nectar of our butterfly bush, roses and basil…the large bees are such a pleasure to watch and listen to…they adore the butterfly bush…as many as three bees can be spotted on just one bloom…I must have experienced the music of hundreds as they flew from blossom to blossom…pure delight…the smaller bees prefer the basil…imagine how their honey would taste? African basil honey! Must be amazing!

The fall solstice is only a few days away but today’s afternoon sun still felt like summer…warm and satisfying…flowers still fragrant and lush…how magnificent and fleeting summer is…may you soak in the last of its warmth and beauty…wishing you a very happy weekend!

top photo ~ a glorious bee on our butterfly bush

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morning glory

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the approach

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visit from a friend

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 lovely white roses

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thai basil

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a small bee enjoying the african basil…I wish you could smell this with me…it’s simply divine!

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I just love the curvaceous shadows it casts on our stone wall…

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Gary’s pepper plant…aubergine at its best!

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photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

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Sorry it’s been so long since my last post! My days have been filled with some exciting new opportunities and time just seems to be flying by! It’s nice to be back with you today…

Let me start off by saying how much I adore this first image…just perfect in every way…what a beautiful and unexpected collection of container plantings…living sculpture at its best…the variety of color, texture, form and scale works like magic in this lush outdoor setting…the talent behind this artful beauty? Landscape designer Scott Shrader…his California home is a tutorial on how to live with your surroundings…his home embraces everything I love about interior and exterior design, blending textures and palettes into one cohesive vision…a petite and peaceful gem…what a nice way to start the week

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above and below ~ photos from Great Gardens in Small Spaces, California Havens published by Rizzoli

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A 12 foot ficus hedge surrounds the perimeter of the property while the garden is partitioned with two eight-foot hedges, each with a broad opening to allow easy flow within the gardenscott shrader 4

Pairs of seventeenth-century French limestone fence posts mark the garden entrances

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below ~ photos from Shrader Design

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Nineteenth-century Guatemalan paving tiles cover the ground in the center garden

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A water lily pool with a soapstone foundation serves as the base for a bronze statue of Icarus

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To learn more about this remarkable talent and to see photos of the interior design, pick up the current issue of Veranda (September/October 2013)

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