Friday, February 24, 2017

Beautiful tables


I'm not what most would call a florist, but I have been asked on several occasions to decorate a party or do a flower arrangement for a special event, I'm always happy to help. It's just one of those things that comes along with a love of flowers and gardening. My company 'E.E CUMMINGS  garden and design' says it all.  Floral design and tables included


This is not my work, but it is a beautiful table setting that I just wanted to share with you all.
Perhaps it may inspire you for a occasion your planning. If ever I get the chance I would love to borrow some of the idea's from this table


This we like!

Friday, February 17, 2017

winter nights


Winter nights are upon us, and the long periods of darkness that it brings
The garden does not have to be on hiatus, just because it's dark




Just add a little light to make those long nights a little brighter, and a little warmer too


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Fusion by Darryl Cox


Darryl Cox is an artist who fuses ornate picture frames with tree roots.



The results are amazing pieces of art


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Modern Whites of winter


The weather here in Michigan lends itself to the modern look, and the feel of the garden. Most of our days are grey, with a sky that can be the same color as the snow covered ground.
The landscape of winter can be a austere one, with seamless lines between the sky and the horizon


The choice to use white and silver materials along with evergreens in these winter containers was an easy one. This client also has a particular love of white and modern, as you can see by the house 


The snow covered landscape plays a big part of the modern look of these containers


Texture is provided in the centerpieces by the preserved Eucalyptus, and birch branches that still have their catskills attached creating a wispy dangling effect


 Collars of Magnolia branches and evergreen Noble Fir mimic the colors of the landscape. Here you can see how the sky and the ground are almost the same color.



The drained fountain at the front of the house was an unsightly hole that the client did not want to look at all winter if by chance there was no snow. Painted willow branches in pots with evergreen collars become modern sculptures themselves. It did snow.


The snow also provides a white and clean background to the evergreens. This is a landscape that get's better with the snow cover. Everything that's not white stands out in contrast.


The modern look of winter whites. This we like.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A return to winter snow


And yes the sun  did come out the day after the Inauguration of Donald Trump.I chose not to watch any of it on TV
my own way of protest
In fact not only did the sun come out here in my Michigan  garden it was actually a very warm day,
unusually warm


We have had an unusual winter here. Frigid temperatures, and snow weeks before Christmas, a whooping 9 inches. By the time Christmas arrived it was gone, washed away with rain.
What happened to winter.


My grass is green, brown leaves litter the corners, the ones that the wind has gathered there, the trees are leafless and the skies are grey. The evergreens have their dark coats on, but there is no snow.
We have plenty of fog though

 I planted my Tulips yesterday, the ones that didn't make it into the ground in the fall, we'll see what happens.
It's not very often you get to do that,  this is a first for me.


Could it be that I'm  reminiscing  about winters of the past. I feel in a way cheated, in a strange way



Winters in January are supposed to be cold with a layer of snow several inches deep.
I check the weather forecast on an almost regular schedule, and feel a little disappointed when there is not even a chance of snow in our near future. It's like a 5th season, the one that is sort of like winter, sort of like  early spring but neither.


I think what I'm really missing is the beauty of the snow, the quiet cleansing effect it seems to give. I love looking out the window late at night and seeing a fresh coat developing, it all seems so still. Waking to a winter wonderland, and hearing snow shovels scraping, and blowers humming. 

Christmas lights under the snow. I always leave some of mine up just so I can see what they look like under the snow just in case our holiday was a snow less one. No such luck.


Maybe the snow will return, there's still plenty of winter to be had here.
If you happen to live in one of those states that usually does not get snow , but have it this year,
enjoy it


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Florist Geoffroy Mottart


Florist Geoffoy Mottart, Guerrilla flower crowns and beards atop monuments in Brussels.