Sunday, April 19, 2015

Two Sure Signs of Spring

We can count on two things this time of year: the Loebner Magnolia, doing its spring thing...

and making troughs in the garage.

It's been a busy spring so far.  More pictures to come in the next post.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

First Day of Spring?

We woke up to this yesterday morning, the first day of spring.  

Doesn't Mother Nature know that we've got work to do in the garden?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Even in Winter...

I'm always sketching ideas for troughs, although I might cast only one out of 50 or more that I draw.
I might give this one above a go this spring.  I keep coming back to this drawing in my sketchbook from a couple years ago.

I'd like to do some stools or pedestals this year too. 

Alvar Aalto's glass vases are a constant inspiration.

Monday, March 9, 2015


Friday AM: It's the first week of March!  Maybe we need to take down the paper snowflakes to get it to stop snowing?

Sunday PM: The sun felt warm and the roads were clear so I took my mountain bike out for a pothole tour of the surrounding suburbs.  After riding the trainer for two months, it felt great to be out.

I can't remember ever biking while kids were sledding in South Orange.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Winter Handiwork

The planted troughs look like this these days.

The unplanted troughs look similar.

We made a couple gorgeous loaves of bread this weekend.  Not so dissimilar from hypertufa if you think about it...mix dry ingredients, add water, wait patiently for a simple slurry to take shape into something wonderful...enjoy with family.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Under a Down Comforter

The garden's all tucked in for the winter.

I'm happy that we got some lasting snow cover.  
More to come tonight.  

After last week's Chicken Little Forecast for the non-blizzard (20-30"!), I'm worried that we're going to get surprised one of these days.

Sunday, January 18, 2015


I keep coming back to this photo on my phone from a sunny Saturday a couple weeks ago.  I took it while sitting on our hypertufa bench, under the rose trellis, with my back to the garage wall.  I've been sitting in this spot off and on for over 8 years now.  In the early days of the garden, I would sit and dream...imagining a slate patio in the foreground, an accent trough, middle ground interest, and a distant evergreen back border.  Slowly it all came together over the years.

The photo looks like the painting in my mind from years ago.