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May 2, 2012 § 1 Comment
I realized something about myself this week, don’t hate me though. I don’t know that I like being a gardener. I mean I like knowing plants and gardens, but I often don’t like the act of gardening (or home DIY projects for that matter.) I know gardeners speak of the relaxing quality of gardening, but for me it is a little bit of a burden. There are so many things I would rather be doing that pulling weeds, fighting vines, getting dirt everywhere, and getting sunburned occasionally. I have gotten to the point where time is an in demand resource.And the time it takes to design, install, and maintain is pretty high and I am often left with little time to enjoy the finished product which is my favorite part.I honestly can’t wait for the day that I can pay to have someone create and maintain a beautiful garden that I can just enjoy. However since this day will not come anytime soon, and I do enjoy looking at gardens, I will have to keep trudging along d. So let us take a moment to appreciate beautiful gardens designed and ostensibly maintained by someone else.
Many of the above are from the beautiful portfolio of Randle Siddeley.
April 8, 2012 Comments Off
A little bit of a sneak peak of tomorrow’s post for all you typophiles out there. I visited Shenandoah National Park and one of my favorite things when I visit is the font they use(d) on the signs! The National Park Service actually has official fonts, currently NPS Rawlinson and Frutiger, however this is a much older style font used in the early days of the park, I believe circa 1930′s.
April 5, 2012 Comments Off
For a long time I was turned off of botanical lithographs. I was seeing them sold everywhere, and the mass production really wasn’t all that inspiring. I didn’t want to hang something in my house that was also being hung in a grocery store bathroom.However, on my recent trip to Seattle, as we waded through some antique shops I found 3 delicately drawn lithographs from the 1800′s, and all of the sudden I was in love. They were so simple, and the colors so muted. Even though these too were massed produced through botanical books, mass produced 200 years ago had quite a different meaning. I had a conversation with myself about how there are better things to spend $200 on(is there really?) and walked away empty handed. I have regretted not buying them and have since been lusting after pictures on the internet constantly stalking ebay for the perfect print.
March 30, 2012 Comments Off
The Library of Congress is the cornucopia for information geeks. My favorite thing is their extensive photo library, which is in large part online. It just so happens that within that they have a wealth of garden photos to pull inspiration from going into the weekend. If you hold your mouse over the photo, it will give you the photo title, so you can search the LOC website for more information. Have a great weekend!
March 27, 2012 Comments Off
If Seattle couldn’t get any cooler they have a Japanese Garden, that is maintained by the parks and Rec department no less. The garden was designed and installed in the 60′s and some of the large specimens they have there are quite a site to see. These photos didn’t come out as well as I would have liked, so perhaps I can use that to justify another trip.
March 26, 2012 Comments Off
I found a draft of this post from over a year ago(for shame!) with only a link. Andrew Millner is a St. Louis artist who does a wonderful assortment of large nature and plant inspired work. I imagine they would look lovely on a huge wall by themselves. You can go to his site to blow up and “explore” the prints.