Garden Lust: Shade Sails

June 21, 2013 Comments Off on Garden Lust: Shade Sails

Summer is ushered in today and that means consistently warmer temperatures are on the way in many areas.  To satisfy my sun phobic neurosis and dreams of  enjoying nice summer rains outside, I have been researching awnings for my patios. I’m really attracted to shade sails, like the ones below. They have an have an interesting structure and are quite versatile.  There seems to be a variety of price points, which is always a plus.

Shade Sail Awning

Shade Sail Awning


Hay Field

June 19, 2013 Comments Off on Hay Field

Maybe it is from my early experience on farms or the wash of peacefulness that comes with natural expanse, but goodness am I in love in with fields and meadows.

hay field






Shenandoah National Park: Big Meadows in Spring

June 18, 2013 Comments Off on Shenandoah National Park: Big Meadows in Spring

Big Meadows Shenandoah National Park

Big Meadows Shenandoah National Park



Controlling Flea Beetles

June 15, 2013 § 2 Comments

Without fail, my eggplants always get flea beetles. While these pests pose the most risk to young plants if left unchecked they can wreak havoc of adult plants as well. You can see my plants are getting pretty lacy, and no leaves means no photosynthesis, which makes for a unproductive plant.

So how do you kill and keep flea beetles in control?

  • Polycultural planting, planting different varieties of vegetables together keeps beetles confined to a few plants opposed to many, since the beetles are not attracted to all plants. Mine are currently  surrounded by zucchini and cucumbers which have been unharmed.
  • Dust with diatomaceous earth , both on the plant’s leaves and the ground.  Diatomaceous earth works by basically creating a bed a razors, which harms the bugs, pretty gruesome if you think about it! The downfall is that you have to redust after it rains, so in places that receive more rain this can be quite a burden.

Flea Beatle  on Eggplant


Garden Lust: VMFA Water Garden

June 14, 2013 § 1 Comment

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is hands down one of my favorite places.  When they underwent a major remodel and addition a few years ago, included was this wonderful reflecting pool.  When the Chihuly exhibit came through earlier this year they added an instillation of beautiful glass cylinders titled Red Reeds.  So today I lust after a beautifully designed water feature that will one day accompany my beautifully designed modern rustic home.




Blooming Now: Climbing Roses

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Blooming Now: Climbing Roses

This climbing rose, a gift from my home’s previous owner, is definitely a quintessential feminine flower with small but fragrant  light pink blooms. This bush was heavily pruned in the past, but I let it flush back out the last two seasons and it has flourished. I am unsure of the variety, but it has been easy to care for, and despite humidity, has had no fungal issues. It did have a nasty case of aphids earlier in the spring, which I quickly fixed with an application of ladybugs. Although, it is in certain need of some pruning, which I hope to touch on later.

Garden Lust: Patrick Dougherty ‘Stick” Sculptures

June 7, 2013 § 2 Comments

I am in love with Patrick Dougherty’s ‘Stick’ Sculptures. So today I am dreaming of one day having the money to commission personalized pieces of art and sculpture for my own garden.

You can view more of his work here,buy his book here, and the Brooklyn Botanical has a good series of photos that highlights how these sculptures are made, the process is quite intriguing.

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