Thank you for visiting. I work as a garden designer and will be sharing photos of my projects as well as fascinating and inspiring views of our beautiful world.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Peace on Earth


Wishing for everyone a winter of beauty and peace. Happy holidays to you.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


A few more inches of snow fell today providing a good excuse to play with lights and decorations.



Pine roping, apples, oranges and winterberry holly enhance the view from the kitchen window especially when the birds visit. A mockingbird stopped by to claim the holly berries. A hummingbird feeder hung from this shepherd's hook all summer but the hummingbirds preferred the flowers of the Major Wheeler honeysuckle next to it which bloomed from late spring into autumn. This plant is also valuable to song birds in winter since many of them take cover in the large mass of tangled vine.



Nellie Stevens holly

Sunday, December 8, 2013



Surprise! This 8 inch pot was covered by the 'dusting of snow' that was forecast. It was a good day to stay home and play in the snow - shoveling and stringing holiday lights until dinnertime.


Luckily I remembered where the kale was planted since all was covered with snow.



Kale for vegetable hash tonight. The recipe is from a favorite cookbook Forks Over Knives. This book would be a great holiday gift.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Mt Cuba Center

This dreamy photo is from an article in the Delaware News Journal titled Growing Together - Creating communities in the home landscape means making sure companions benefit each other.



Educational opportunities
for gardeners of all levels of experience are available at Mt Cuba Center
Several courses are available online.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

brick sidewalk and driveway






Before picture
It was a pleasant surprise to find that under the grass and dirt were old brick treads leading into the garage. After scraping off the mud and grass we lifted and reset all of the bricks. The bricks were carefully sorted so that the weathered and rounded edging bricks could be reused as edging. We used all of the whole as well as partial bricks. The varying length, width and depth of the bricks added some challenge and time to the job of setting them. Red creeping thyme was planted in the garden spaces between the bricks.

Historic Old New Castle Delaware

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Stone threshold from garage to brick walkway









This path is located behind the garage pictured in the post above which shows the brick sidewalk and treads in front of garage.
I consider myself fortunate to work with a client who allows evolution of projects featuring creative use of material - much of it already on hand. We delight in using material gathered from old storage piles in the back yard or unearthed while digging for fence posts or plants.