March 02, 2017

Noe Valley Cottage Garden 3 or 4th year.



Today I passed by a garden I created 3 of 4 years ago. I stopped to see how it faired this very rainy winter for us. That's not a Halloween prop but a clump of miscanthus boldly plant next to the generously wide steps to the front door of this Arts and Crafts inspired building and garden.   Numerous gardens we saw in England inspired this planting.  Great Dixter keeps coming to mind.  I do stake it and bind the grass clump into a column tied off with twine.  


Planted tightly with perennials and grass-like plants grounded with five balls of clipped pittosporum.   The front door is framed with sentinel thujas in large terra cotta containers. And three clumps of choisya ternata including a pair of mock oranges in terra containers flanking the front door.



August 04, 2016

Sissinghurst and Great Dixter

Second day we drove to Sissinghurst Castle, home of Vita Sackville-West.   The day was completely overcast and intermittent showers.   Great light for taking photographs.


June 29, 2016

Marina's English Border in June Glory



A typical back yard of a San Francisco residence is rectangular about 25 feet wide by 50 so feet deep.  This turned out to be an interesting project.  One I enjoyed and pleased the client. 






May 03, 2016

San Francisco Garden Tour

Gabrielle's Garden, 11am-1125am: 

This Alamo Square treasure is a contemporary vertical garden created by Gabrielle Cameron in back of a classic SF Victorian. The garden consists of a large collection of epiphytes and bromeliads. Visually decadent while providing a sanctuary for the owners in the heart of the city. "Quiet, handsome and exotic." 

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