Susanna Farm Nursery Visit

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If you’re looking for specimen trees, Susanna Farm Nursery is a great destination. It feels more like an arboretum than a trade nursery, and you can easily spend an hour or two strolling through the grounds. I was looking for some good-sized maples to use as accents in a client’s back garden, but I also came across some wonderful willow standards for another project. Well worth the trip for the beauty and inspiration and just a relaxing afternoon out.

Veggie Report

My tomatoes are certainly thriving. As always, my favorites are the Sungold variety. They are so sweet and perfectly bite-sized. I was worried about critters getting to them when the plants were small, but we’re well past that now. However, I do see evidence of my chipmunks having a little snack most mornings.They don’t seem to like the skin much. I wish I could catch one in the act- just to take a photo, of course.

LaDew Topiary Gardens

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The Cafe and Studio at LaDew, seen from the Cutting Garden.

I’m so glad I finally made it to LaDew Gardens. I’m seeing so many new things this summer. This building is now the little cafe and artist studio area. Highlights of the garden are, of course, the topiaries, but also a wonderful butterfly pavilion and so many different garden rooms. The house tour was also so interesting, thanks to their great volunteers. Definitely a trip worth making.

Finally Made it to Bloedel Reserve

I finally made it to the Bloedel Reserve. We had a wonderful time walking the paths and enjoying the quiet. There are no signs or plant labels to read- one simply wanders through. It was a truly relaxing experience and I would gladly go back. Anyone who lives locally can buy an annual pass and walk the grounds as a regular activity. Delightful.

My Mother’s Garden

David Austin roses grow incredibly well in the Pacific Northwest. My mother has a garden full of them. I’m growing my first in Virginia, ‘Gertrude Jekyll’, but I don’t think it will ever reach this level of splendor!

Artificial Turf is Perfect for an Urbanscape

We were in the Shaw neighborhood a couple days ago where I saw this wonderful streetscape. The new artificial turf products are fantastic! I love the green stripes. I’d enjoy seeing this on my daily walk or from my apartment window. We’re starting to see some progressive clients using this turf in their residential projects now. Don’t knock it until you’ve seen it and touched it! (I personally still have about 300 square feet of lawn that I love to mow.)

Cityline Hydrangeas

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From the Cityline Hydrangea collection- ‘Paris’

You may have noticed some intensely pink hydrangeas at your garden center. They’re probably part of the ‘Cityline’ collection from Proven Winners. I’m testing out this one (‘Paris’) in a pot this year. So far, the shrub is still tiny but it has plenty of blooms. This group just started opening a couple days ago. I think I’ll use it for a new bouquet!

Double Daffs

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I started ordering from Colorblends about 10 years ago, and their bulbs never disappoint. This double daff just turned up in my garden as part of a mix I ordered, and I can’t identify it. Whatever it is, I want more next year!

APLD Design Magazine

APLD logoAs a member of APLD, I enjoy a lot of benefits. One of the best is their magazine, the designer, which I’m sharing with you here. I feel confident that everything in this magazine has been through “extreme vetting”! The products are real solutions and the practitioners are real people who know what they’re talking about. One thing this issue confirmed for me is that I really want to visit Austin, TX!

Have fun browsing!

StormwaterWise Landscaping

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Arlington Residents! I recently attended a contractor-training day with the StormwaterWise Landscaping program. Did you know that you can receive a significant reimbursement for residential landscape projects that improve your stormwater management? The drawback to this program is that it is based on a lottery that only happens once a year. The lottery opens up on March 1st, so I urge you to check it out. As they say, you can’t win if you don’t play.

Find all the details on the county website  or contact me for help understanding the program.