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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

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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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With temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees today, I’m cooling off with these aquatic inspired blues…may this refreshing summer hue help quench your thirst and calm your senses…wishing you a wonderful weekend! Stay cool!

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photos from National Geographic, Lonny Magazine and the The Gifts of Life via tumblr

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“Long before we saw the sea, its spray was on our lips, and showered salt rain upon us.” ~ Charles Dickens

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The Beach at Trouville at Low Tide ~ Gustave Courbet, 1865

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Seascape ~ John Singer Sargent, 1875

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Note in Blue and Opal ~ James McNeill Whistler, 1884

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Sailing boats ~ Mikalojus Ciurlionis, 1906

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The Beach at Trouville at Low Tide ~ Gustave Courbet, 1865

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The Coast of Bellangenay ~ Paul Gauguin

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The Coast of Brittany, Fishing Boats ~ Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1878

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A Fishing Boat at Sea ~ Vincent van Gogh, 1888

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Shoreham Bay near Brighton ~ John Constable, 1824

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The Porte d’Amont, Etretat ~ Eugene Delacroix, 1849

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Seascape near Fecamp ~ Claude Monet, 1881

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Great Sea ~ Maxime Maufra

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Bathing Posts ~ James McNeill Whistler, 1893

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Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean ~ James McNeill Whistler, 1866-1872

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The sea at the Mouth of the Ebro ~ M.C. Escher, 1922

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Low Tide at Grandcamp ~ Georges Seurat, 1885

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Violet and Silver – The Deep Sea ~ James McNeill Whistler, 1893

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Standing off Deauville ~ Eugene Boudin, 1886

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Coastal landscape ~ Paul Gauguin, 1886

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The Gulf of Marseille seen from L’Estaque ~ Paul Cezanne, 1885

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The Wave ~ Gustave Courbet, 1871

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Cliffs of Etretat ~ Gustave Loiseau, 1902

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The Sea ~ Eflm Volkov

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Summer vacation offers us a chance to return to the familiar…whether it’s a favorite cottage by the lake or a quaint B&B by the ocean, that moment of arrival is an unparalleled experience filled with all the sights, sounds and scents of our ideal…for me, it is quite possibly the most exhilarating sensation I’ve ever known! So when I learned about this new book Time and Tide, I just had to share its beauty with you…over the course of eight years, photographer Christian Chaize shot from the same vantage point at Praia Piquinia, a small beach in southern Portugal…the ever-changing light and playful patterns of sunbathers on the sand become our familiar…

Time and Tide Photographs of Praia Piquinia by Christian Chaize ~ Chronicle Books

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Photographs from Christian Chaize

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wishing you and yours a very happy fourth of july!

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The Gifts of Life via tumblr

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punk kimono via tumblr

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do it and how

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photography by Nina Leen via much love, anna

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Russell Lee, July 1940 via Library of Congress

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oddball daily

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The Gifts of Life via tumblr

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Russell Lee via history in photos

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The Gifts of Life via tumblr

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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!

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A manor house in Oxfordshire

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A mill house by the river Cherwell

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A 17th century farmhouse in Devon

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Bowling Green in Derbyshire

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A country house in Norfolk

all photography from Arne Maynard

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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

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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

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

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“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

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art in bloom

Let’s celebrate the summer solstice with art in bloom!

Happy weekend!

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Nude gathering Flowers ~ Pablo Picasso, 1958

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Gaspe Pink Sky ~ Milton Avery, 1940

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Tulips and Statuettes ~ Edouard Vuillard, 1919

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Peonies ~ William Merritt Chase, 1897

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Dutch Tulips ~ Karen Tusinski

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The Park on the Caillebotte Property at Yerres ~ Gustave Caillebotte, 1875

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A Vase of Roses ~ Vincent van Gogh, 1890

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The Flower Picker ~ John William Waterhouse, 1895

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Too Blue ~ Karen Tusinski

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Roses under the Trees ~ Gustav Klimt, 1905

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Woman in a Blue Apron and Straw Hat, Picking a Spray of Flowers ~ Henri Martin, 1919

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Flowers in front of a Window ~ Henri Matisse, 1922

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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!)

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

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