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Silent Daffodils

“Photograph silence” he asked ?

OK, I’ll give it a try:


I saw the silence slip away
as the dawn, rushed in
the daffodils mute;
in awe
of the wondering sparrow’s
…eeet ?”
now silent.


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Looking for Photos

Come in to my garden while I look for photos:


Some days you just know the garden needs to be photographed but can’t quite find the photo or don’t know quite where to start. The first and most important lesson to taking a good photo is ….. grab the camera and go to it. You can’t take a great picture if you don’t start. Continue Reading →

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Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Arbors and Pergolas Wrap-Up

Orchard arbor with ‘Red Noodle’ beans Sept 26 07The other day, I was reading an article in an old issue of Gardens Illustrated about garden design elements, and it made me realize that I’ve been misusing the terms arbor and pergola. I’d always thought of an arbor as a relatively simple structure that arched over a path or a bench and a pergola as a more extensive, roofed structure that provided shade for a walkway or sitting area. According to the article (“Elements of Garden Design: Structures” by Cleve West), however, an arbor is primarily a sitting area and serves as a focal point; a pergola covers a path and frames a focal point, and an arch is…well, an arch. So I suppose what I’ve been calling arbors in my garden are technically arches. Apparently, I’m not the only one that’s confused, though; now I notice that plenty of writers use the terms interchangeably. So, maybe it doesn’t really matter what you call your structures, as long as you like how they look.

Many of you have incorporated arches, arbors, pergolas, and similar structures in your own gardens and enjoy using them as supports for a wide variety of climbing plants. Below is an overview of posts we know about on this month’s topic, roughly arranged by subject. If you know of others, or if you write related posts of your own later on, add a comment below and we’ll include them in the main list. Thanks to all who read and participated! And please, let me know if any of these links don’t work, or if I missed any of you. (It’s getting tough keeping up with you all!) Continue Reading →

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How Arbors Help To Create A Magnificent Vertical Element

As my garden developed into several  different levels in a variety of garden styles, it became obvious that I needed some vertical elements not only to add height to each of the gardens but also to offer this crazy, intense ‘patch work quilt’ of a garden some cohesiveness.

I began to contemplate the type of design that would work well in the garden. Because the style of my home is vanilla and architecturally cold and flat, I was determined to create a garden that had an ‘aged’ romantic/rustic look (if that’s even possible).  I had recently renovated the inside of my home and used wood beams throughout: it seemed natural to duplicate that element in the garden.

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Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Arbors and Pergolas

Courtyard arbors early July 05

Fences and walls are two features that add vertical elements to your garden, but they’re not always the most practical or aesthetically pleasing option. Where you’d like to add height without enclosure, arbors and pergolas can be a better way to go. A free-standing arbor may frame a beautiful view, mark a transition between two areas, or create a welcoming entrance. Larger arbors and pergolas are ideal for sheltering sitting areas, adding welcome shade in sun-baked sites. And from the perspective of plant lovers, arbors and pergolas are superb supports for all sorts of gorgeous vines and climbers.

So, fellow gardeners, care to show off your favorite arbors and pergolas, either in your own garden or elsewhere? Share the story of how you chose and placed the structures you have, or tell us about your dream arbor or pergola. Or, how about showcasing some of your favorite vines and climbers? We’d love to see them! Leave a comment below, or give us a link to a related post on your own blog. At the end of the month, we’ll gather all the links into one post. To check out previous Design Workshop topics, see Paths and Walkways and Fences and Walls.

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