Blue Heron landscape Design | 2014 March

March 2014

30 Mar Sunday Inspiration 3.30.14 – My Masterpiece!

My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece

~ Claude Monet

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As a garden designer I often think of gardens as paintings, and the land my canvas. I don’t think of myself as equal to Claude Monet, except in the desire to create. I have enjoyed success over the years blending plant and hardscape, but have also suffered projects that have not fared as well. That is the essence of the creative arts though, the ongoing task of producing and exposing. It’s a process we all experience, whether as a professional in a creative industry or a homeowner choosing wall colorings. Each must make a choice expressive of his or her inner feeling, then set it free for others to critique.

As the ground here in Connecticut continues to warm and we begin another season of “garden painting”, I am excited to explore each canvas set before me and discover the garden the lies within each, and hopefully one day paint my masterpiece. I hope you feel the same excitement as you take on your canvas’, and invite you to share each experience with us here on Garden Sketches.

Paint on my friends!

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23 Mar Sunday Inspiration 3.23.14 – The Memory of Odors

I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer — and what trees and seasons smelled like — how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odors is very rich.

~ John Steinbeck East of Eden

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Winter is melting away here and the first signs of spring are appearing; bulbs are emerging, the ground is thawing, and buds are fattening. Soon the scent of spring will overtake the bland smell of winter. A rich earthy odor will release as frost leaves the ground, buds will open and fill the air with fragrance, and sap will run adding its own spicey flare.

Our sense of smell is powerful, and stirs our memory reminding us of times past. The smell of wild onion when digging takes me to my grandfather’s backyard as a boy, and the scent of the foliage of PJM Rhododendron instantly transports me back to a nursery I worked in many years ago, my first job in the industry. As spring awakens and we busy ourselves with the tasks of the yard and garden, I hope you find happiness in the memory of odor!

Your Turn!

What smells spark memory in you? Are they happy memories? I’d love to hear about them!

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20 Mar First day of spring 2014!

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!

~ Mark Twain

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Spring has finaaly arrived here in Southern New England, but you wouldn’t know it by looking out the window. We still have snow on the ground, and the long range forecast has the possibility of a snowstorm next week. Gah!! So, with deference to Mr. Twain, after the long winter that was I do know what it is I want, I want color!

Your Turn

What are you looking forward to in the coming weeks? Let’s try and forget the past few months and warms things up a bit. Share your thoughts!

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