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Spring 2015

April 2015 —Waiting for the Thaw

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Then, they came — 1,500 bulbs.

May 2015

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June 2015

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“Dr. Merrill” — May 6 and May 26, 2015 (above)

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Fall 2014

November 6, 2014

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Inexplicable blooming in October

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Sag Harbor 11.13.14

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July 11, 2014

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July 26, 2014

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August 10, 2014

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"Dr. Merrill" Magnolia Front Yard

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Plant List (Preliminary), May 2014

Credits: Joelle Byrer, landscape designer, Installation by Whitmores


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August 8, 2013


Above: Neighbor’s arborvitae goes in the ground.

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Above: Neighbor’s arborvitae plus our California privet.

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Above: Securing the perimeter.

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This post will expand with resources about gardening, including resources for plants, trees, grass. See also The Landscape Post.

“If I had to choose a single plant for my garden, it would be Helleborus x hybridus. The species hellebores have a distinctive charm all their own, but it is the hybrids that generate the overtly visceral reactions in most gardeners.”—Joseph Woodard, creator of hellebores.org.

Peony’s Envy—a nursery and display garden in Bernardsville, New Jersey—offers one of the most extensive collections of tree and herbaceous peonies in the Northeast. The gardens feature over 50,000 peony plants with over two hundred and fifty distinct cultivars.

Above (as seen on Lily Pond Lane), left: Farfugium japonicum, a.k.a. leopard plant and ligularia. Right: Lysimachia, a.k.a. Creeping Jenny, is a trailing plant that works well in containers or as ground cover.


Above, left: Maiden Hair Fern. Right: Hostas (Hadspen Blue, Key West, Golden Eagle, Blue Mouse Ears). Source: White Flower Farm.


Above, left: Nice corsage on the Smith College student in 1937. Right: Best known for their fragrant white flowers, gardenias (a.k.a. cape jasmine) are heat-loving evergreen shrubs that have become a gardening symbol in the Southeast. And yet, there’s a large one down Halsey Lane that’s thriving in a pot outside. It probably winters in a local greenhouse.

Above: Also known as upright European beech, Dawyck European beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Dawyck’) is a slow-growing, column-shaped tree that grows to a maximum height of between 70 to 80 feet. Common cultivars include Golden Dawyck Beech and Purple Dawyck Beech.

Above: The perfect, wild tree—the archetype.


Above, left: The perfect lawnmower. Right: Eudora Welty watering her lawn and inspiring the twins.

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This post will expand with resources about landscape design, including furniture, accessories, pool, and pool-house design. See also The Gardening Post.

Above: Stepped hedges partially block the view of the pool in the winter, when it’s not pretty. Low hedges are architectural.

Above: This is the one.

Above: Hepper Roost Bird House by Jed Crystal. Anodized aluminum.

Left, top: Handcrafted swing made from reclaimed oak. Crafted by Dzierlenga F+U exclusively for Kaufmann Mercantile. Personalized with initials, name, or secret message. Right: Made from cedar, much of the end grain of this swing is covered to prevent water absorption. All swings are made to order.

Bottom: Swing on the property of  Tim and Sarah Belk’s farmhouse in Chester, South Carolina. Read about the project and Charlotte architect Ken Pursley at Garden & Gun.



Left: Hazel wattling has been woven around upright poles of chestnut, which have been cemented into the garden for extra strength. Made from coppiced wood in the UK, these kings of screens are a better ecological choice than chemically treated softwood panels.

Resource: Ann-Marie Powell‘s Plans for Small Gardens

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