Archive for the ‘garden’ Category


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


morning glory



the approach


visit from a friend


 lovely white roses



thai basil


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


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


Gary’s pepper plant…aubergine at its best!


photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

Read Full Post »

scott shrader 2

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

scott shrader 1

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

scott shrader 3

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

scott shrader 5

below ~ photos from Shrader Design

scott shrader 6

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

scott shrader 7

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

scott shrader 8

scott shrader 9

scott shrader 12

scott shrader 10

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)

Read Full Post »

Harmonious gardens…thoughtful layers of formality and naivety blend ever so gracefully together…for me, there is a seductive yet quiet freedom to each and every one of these timeless masterpieces…I hope you enjoy this lovely selection of gardens designed by the one and only Arne Maynard

Happy weekend!

arne maynard 21

arne maynard 22

arne maynard 20

arne maynard 23

A manor house in Oxfordshire

arne maynard 24

arne maynard 26

arne maynard 27

arne maynard 25

A mill house by the river Cherwell

arne maynard 28

arne maynard 31

arne maynard 29

arne maynard 33

arne maynard 30

A 17th century farmhouse in Devon

arne maynard 35

arne maynard 37

arne maynard 36

arne maynard 40

arne maynard 38

arne maynard 39

Bowling Green in Derbyshire

arne maynard 41

arne maynard 42

arne maynard 43

arne maynard 44

arne maynard 45

arne maynard 46

arne maynard 47

A country house in Norfolk

all photography from Arne Maynard

Read Full Post »

arne maynard 15

I recently discovered master gardener Arne Maynard in The New York Times Style Magazine, Culture Summer 2013…the minute I finished the article, I knew I wanted to learn more about this soulful and talented spirit…fortunately, for all of us, his website is brimming with a gorgeous portfolio, insightful narrative and a number of atmospheric films featuring his home Allt-y-bela in South Wales and The 2012 Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden installation…for me, the films offered the intimate experience I was craving…filmmaker James Aiken created a feast for the senses pairing Allt-y-bela’s visual beauty with Arne’s heartfelt words of wisdom…dawn at Allt-y-bela is something I will never forget…click here to view these exceptional short films

“For me it’s really important to celebrate the morning…even before the sun has risen, dawn at Allt-y-bela is the most magical experience…and to experience the whole garden starting to wake up, especially when the sun starts to rise, it doesn’t hit the house terribly early, but it starts to hit the woodlands beyond the house, and it’s amazing light, and slowly the light rises, and then the garden is completely bathed in this very, very soft low light…there’s something really nice, that connection you make with the garden at this time of day.” ~ Arne Maynard

arne maynard 11

Allt-y-bela ~ Welsh for “high wooded hillside of the wolf”

Allt-y-bela is a medieval renaissance tower house cradled in a valley between grazed and wooded hillsides. It could not be a more dramatically different setting to my previous garden which was in the flat fenland of Lincolnshire. Here I wanted to use a restricted palette of favourite elements: fruit trees and vegetables, topiary and wild flowers, roses and bulbs, but had to evolve a very different way of planting them to suit the garden here. I found my beloved symmetrical formality was at odds with the house and landscape and so I have been prompted to develop exciting new ways of designing. My topiary here are like characters at a party, congregating around the house, and bold new sculpted banks at the back of the house are amassed with jewel like bulbs in long grass. Roses will tumble out of trees and the vegetables are tended in raised oak beds that sit in a simple, almost naive, oak and hazel enclosure.” ~ Arne Maynard

Above and below ~ photography from Arne Maynard’s portfolio…click here to visit his awe-inspring website

arne maynard 13

arne maynard 12

arne maynard 14

arne maynard 16

arne maynard 17

arne maynard 18

arne maynard 19

Below ~ photography by Tom Mannion for The NY Times Style Magazine…click here, to read the NY Times article

arne maynard 1

“I know that I have achieved a ‘sense of place’ when the garden begins to ‘sing’: to speak to the landscape around it.” ~ Arne Maynard from the NY Times

arne maynard 10

arne maynard 7

arne maynard 2

arne maynard 9

arne maynard 3

arne maynard 4

arne maynard 5

arne maynard 6

arne maynard 8

Read Full Post »

outdoor rooms 20

Longer days and warmer nights invite us to spend more time outdoors…breakfast in the garden, dinner on the veranda, cocktails under the stars, or perhaps a midnight dip in the pool…may these tranquil and beautiful outdoor rooms sweep you off your feet (and into a comfy hammock or chaise lounge!)

outdoor rooms 27

outdoor rooms 25

outdoor rooms 10

outdoor rooms 16

outdoor rooms 26

outdoor rooms 7

outdoor rooms 12

outdoor rooms 15

outdoor rooms 2

outdoor rooms 14

outdoor rooms 30

outdoor rooms 28

outdoor rooms 29

outdoor rooms 1

outdoor rooms 17

outdoor rooms 21

outdoor rooms 4

outdoor rooms 22

outdoor rooms 13

outdoor rooms 24

outdoor rooms 8

summer 18

summer 7

outdoor rooms 6

outdoor rooms 23

outdoor rooms 18

summer 11

outdoor rooms 3

photos from Elle Decor, Veranda, House Beautiful, Lonny and The Gifts of Life

Read Full Post »


Perched high above the Concord River, there exists a secret garden brimming with irises, peonies, columbine and rhododendron…this intricately laid out network of paved stones and steps offered me a beautiful view of the terraced gardens and riverscape below…with every twist and turn, this magical place had a story to tell…a garden with an old soul if you will…I’m so glad I took the time to listen

Wishing you a wonderful summer weekend!











below ~ the Concord River and surrounding landscape, taken on my way down the hill



photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

Read Full Post »


Plucked straight from my brother Gary’s garden, these ethereal white peonies commanded my attention this morning…a perfect muse for a summer day!

Wishing you a lovely weekend!
















photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: