November 08, 2017

Summer Vacation

Provincetown Mass., New York, Highline & East Hamptons....

September 26, 2017

Spring & Summer MUG Gardens

Here's a posting showing my professional gardens (MUG) for Spring & Summer this year, 2017.   Starting in March, this garden is in Glen Park with lush green growth from a phenomenal season of rain.   This years additions include the blue Dutch iris, Orlaya, Magnolia and Exochorda.

April 21, 2017

Year in Review for Eureka Valley Garden

I have been tending this garden for twelve years now.   This post gives the highlights of the seasons for 2016.  This terraced garden with view of San Francisco skyline feels like a sunken garden and pack in many blooming shrubs, vines, bulbs and annuals.   

April 15, 2017

Glen Park Perennial Terraces

Spring is in full swing this second week of April. Roses have just started to open along with the many annuals like Cerinthe and Orlaya. As next few weeks will burst into color, I wanted to share last year's photographs of my garden in Glen Park, San Francisco. I have been working this garden regularly, almost every Thursday, for thirteen years. So much has changed in that time. This year you see a lot of attention on spring bulbs and vigorous annuals. Enjoy.

Spring 2016 dominated by self sown arugula in the March photo above. We been planting an increasing number of white flowering plants to this hillside terrace bed.

Silhouettes of a gingko and snowball viburnum on a green fence and tall hedge of ficus and podocarpus.

Three Dutch irises back lit.

By the end of March 2016, this old rose, Rosa 'Sombreuil Climber', climbs a dieing Bay tree arching over the path to the studio. This vigorous white rose has a great fragrance and is creating a new canopy of green where the bay shows dieback.

I was so excited to see this pink rose in full bloom. Its another David Austin rose, Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll'.

April 12, 2017

Low Impact Lawn Substitute

You would never know from our rainy winter that last year everyone was thinking severe drought.   This was installed last year one of our driest years.

SOUTHLAND ECOLOGY LAWN MIX:  Improved Turf Type Tall Fescue, Strawberry and Dutch White Clovers, Yarrow, California Poppy, Pimpernel, Baby Blue Eyes, Creeping Thymes.

I love the outcome.  The Baby Blue Eyes came out the first year but haven't seen it this year.  It's a tough crowd.  The clovers, fescue and yarrow are dominant.

My Plant Palette

Here's my Spring 2017 plant palette.  These are plants that I either installed in one of my gardens or liked it in a nursery.

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April 11, 2017

Eureka Valley Terraced Garden

After a most glorious rainy winter, spring 2017 will be excessively floral.   Above is Winchester Cathedral, a David Austin rose with erigeron, Scottish thistle and a orange poppy.  Below is Forget-Me-Nots blooming just below a cottoneaster crown just leaving out.

Sunken garden or really a terraced garden on the slope of Eureka Valley in San Francisco.  Photo above is looking down into the garden with a rhododendron in full bloom.  Below, looking up to the rose terrace from the lawn.

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.

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