The gardener's eye

The Gardener's Eye

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Texture, Texture Read All About It

It is the textural elements to plants that I find most intriguing. When I am looking for plants at another garden or nursery, the foliage is very important. Grey, red/purples and chartreuse are often good colors to mix with other plants. Then I look for foliage that is thin vs thick, shiny vs flat or fuzzy, serrated vs smooth edged, round vs long. All the grass-like foliaged plants are particularly useful as are the round or paddle-like shaped leaves. When I put a composition together, I try to have a pleasing balance between contrast and harmony with both leaf color and leaf texture.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Peterborough Parks in Early September

The Pavilion Garden Entrance to Depot Park

Molinia litoralis ‘Windspiel’, Baptisa australis and Aster 'October Skies' at the Pavilion Garden 

The planter at Peter's Gate is planted with Scaevola 'Whirlwind Blue', Coleus 'Compact Red',  Jasminum 'Fiona Sunrise' and Phormium 'Pink Stripe'

The Boccelli Garden

The new Terrace at the Boccelli Garden

Our newest volunteer gardener, Blair

Blair, Laura and Molly taking a break at Nubanusit Terrace 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Monadnock Region Open Day August 23

Saturday, August 23, my garden will be one of the six gardens open to the public 10 am to 4pm for the Monadnock Region Garden Conservancy Open Days. Joe Valentine and Paula Hunter's garden, Juniper Hill Farm, will also be featuring a plant sale by Broken Arrow Nursery.  I am pleased to announce that my garden will host have a plant sale of unusual annuals and perennials by fellow blogger, Helen O'Donnell of Anemone Times. Helen has a new nursery at The Bunker Farm in Dummerston, Vermont which I posted about earlier this summer. She will be bringing a trick load of choice plants for sale.

There will also be a lecture and book signing by garden writer Tovah Martin at 7 pm at Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove Street, Peterborough - "Trowels & Tomorrow: Garden Stewardship." Admission: $5.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Installation Art at the Pavilion Garden

This price tag labeled "Garden. $54.99 Plants not included" was found on the hoop fence at the Pavilion Garden at Depot Park. It isn't such a great deal without the plants, is it?

Photos courtesy of Amy Jenkins

Monday, July 28, 2014

The East and Ruin Gardens at Teixeira Park in Late July

These gardens are planted with primarily American natives and pollinators. The aim is to compliment the wild landscape near the Nubanusit River to attract birds and butterflies in particular.



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