Sunday, December 11, 2011

Still In Bloom!

I was passing through the Peter Stuyvesant Park yesterday and quickly noted a few of the parks continuing blooms.....still.....in.....DECEMBER!  How fabulous.  Like the venerable Dutchman, I would have given my right leg for a few December blooms.  The Hydrangea quercifolia leaves are still attention grabbing as well!







Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Onwards and Upwards

Well, the next chapter volume of my life is now beginning.  After 11 years of slogging away as a lawyer while constantly dreaming of the green life, I have made the plunge, after a year of preparation, and left my desk job.  I am pursuing my landscape designing dream and will start working on Thursday with a design firm in NYC.  I'm incredibly excited and blessed to be at this point in my life.  Onwards and Upwards!!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Books)

Time to think about holiday pleasure reading for your family and friends, or just for yourself.  I'm sharing my current favorites with you in case you're stuck for inspiration!  What's on your list??

1.  The Pruning Answer Book by Hills & O'Sullivan


 2.  Tomorrow's Garden by Stephen Orr


 3.  The Life of Sir Edward Lutyens by Christopher Hussey (oldie but goodie)



 4.  Garden Designers at Home by Noel Kingsbury



 5.  Anything by the sublime Mr. Nichols



 6.  Romantic Gardens, Nature, Art and Landscape Design by Rogers, Eustis and Bidwell



 7.  Armitage's Vines and Climbers



 8.  Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden by Judith B. Tankard



 9.  Grasses by Nancy J. Ondra



 10.  Piet Oudolf: Landscapes in Landscapes by Oudolf and Kingsbury



 11.  Grimm's Trees (this book has given me a whole new appreciation for tree identification)



 12.  The Wild Trees by Richard Preston (Caution those who suffer from vertigo, otherwise a spellbinding book)