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    My photo on Design Sponge today

     

    I was beyond thrilled to find out this morning that my photo submitted for Design Sponge #dssummer hashtag challenge was one of the 30 finalists, and had been selected from over 4,800 images. You can read all about it here. Funny that it happened on a completely rainy, not summer-like day. Another words, perfect day for reflections, and rounding up all summer memories. I have been planning a post about orange and blue color inspirations lately – this will be a perfect start. Coming up later in a week…

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    Outdoor lounge room

    backyard lounge room
    Our backyard – lounge room in progress

    Let’s face it – last year’s arrangement did not work. The whole season was spent on watching vegetables not do well in 4 huge cedar boxes.  Hence the rearrangement (fear not, vegetable boxes are not gone). It was not accidental, if you check my Pinterest board on patios you’ll see why. The garden is not finished but it has thriving herbs, succulents and almost exclusively all perennials! This was the “extra credit” challenge I gave myself. It is such a thrill to see the plants come back. The Russian sage from last year is stunning!

    Verbena bonariensis
    Verbena bonariensis
    Russian sage
    Russian sage
    Fuchsia and thyme
    Fuchsia and thyme
    Succulents
    Succulents
    Russian sage
    Russian sage

    Next week – the quest for a perfect outdoor table.

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    Flowers in early morning light

    I really wanted to do this round up still in May, but here it is, early June already. That is ok though, since I took these in my hometown, at my parents’ garden in Poland, two weeks ago. Spring came so much earlier there. What I really wanted to show is early morning light…I feel I should set my clock permanently for 5am at least!

    Tomorrow, I will post part two – meadow flowers.

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    Styling with lilacs

    Holiday…what’s not to love. I can trim redundant branches (clarification: basically ransack one of the late blooming lilacs in my parents’ garden between torrential May rain) and set up for photos. I have to say, it is so much easier to find props here. First, I don’t have to spend $$ on gorgeous lilacs. Second, I jumped when I saw zinc plated bucket and a large basin just sitting here. Pure utilitarian, well weathered. Perfect another words.  I have seen plenty of them this spring online, contemplating using some in my own redesign of the back yard.  Here are my favorite moments with lilacs.

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    Urban yet rural

    Cold weather again today, but nothing can get in the way of gardening any longer!  I came across images from an incredibly inspiring restaurant in Denmark – Höst. In September 2013 Höst won “The World’s Best Design Restaurant” award at the annual Bar & Restaurant Design Awards in London. Visit the site for gorgeous images of the interior while I swoon over the “Harvest” page…

    I am determined to make every square inch of my container garden available for vegetable and herbs. Last year was a non-event, due to poor soil, and not enough sunlight. This year we have moved all cedar boxes to south side. My English roses had to make room for roommates with less pedigree. Mustard green seedlingsSeedlingsAll of this just make my small contribution to “know where your food comes from”. It will be a challenge with just 4 cedar boxes and a 4×8 community garden plot. The farmers market will fill any gaps.

     

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    Weathered wood

    I have always been a fan of weathered wood, reclaimed wood, re-purposed wood. The idea for this post came to me last weekend, wandering around the neighborhood, looking into front yards and gardens for a photo inspiration (no flowers yet!). I saw a handmade object/sculpture and a planter made of old, weathered cedar branches (sorry no photo) and just minutes later this great door to a local restaurant Journeyman.

    Here are some of my favorite recent finds.

    Journeyman restaurant door
    Journeyman restaurant door
    Courtyard in Krakow
    Courtyard in Krakow
    bench on Highline
    bench on Highline
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    Hardy plants

    I could not resist taking photos of this tiny pansy plant. It has been around since November, self-sown from my spring front door arrangement and nested itself perfectly next to my May Flowers rose. Survives frost, foot of snow, goes limp and then just opens up with yet another bloom at the first ray of sun. I thought it was a metaphor for my blog – gone missing, dormant, and then just when you think it is over, pops back again! And this time for good. pansyJanuary, after the saturated colors of Christmas decorations, is all about cool, calm metallic shimmer. Brushed silver, blue and cream ceramics, matte white stones.

    brushed silver
    brushed silver
    ceramic vessel from Egypt
    ceramic vessel from Egypt

    whitestone

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    Garden experiments

    The new garden experiment this year worked out so-so. It is not quite over yet (watching over my mustard greens) but it is actually hard to admit that years of gardening experience yielded 3 small tomato plants just ripening now (Speckled Roman), 2 parsley plants, 1 basil… and not much else. So much for the high hopes of brand new cedar boxes.

    Farmers market and local farm visits save the day, again.

    Union Square farmers market
    Drumlin Farm at Union Square farmers market

     

    Apple Street Farm
    Apple Street Farm