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Sacred Spaces Design | Archive for 2008 September

Archive for September, 2008

Rite of Passage, Literally

I am getting ahead of myself a bit here with this entry. I still want to write a little blurb about the Phinney Ridge Garden Tour (my first visit) and post some photos of my weekly plant inspirations. But today was indeed a rite of passage for Sacred Spaces Design and Banyon Tree Design Studio, the visionary behind the design. I suppose there is a limit to what is humanly possible. I mean I got muscles, but not like the crane we hired to get these containers flying up up and away to their second story destination. When all else fails – hire a crane.

STEP ONE: Plant the pots. One of our favorites, packed full of echeverias and sedums.

STEP TWO: Oh dear...make sure you have a person to RECEIVE the object you are lifting so that it doesn’t run into the new and beautifully constructed building - the house that these pots will find a home in (or on).

STEP THREE: Take a deep sigh of relief that the artistically planted container landed safely. And begin holding your breath because there are four more containers to to go....

Walking the Talk

If my husband Andre can get out there and smell the roses , so can you!

So, I am way behind on sharing some of the inspirations and plant creativity that I have stumbled upon in the past month or so in my neighborhood and greater Seattle area. This wee early morning I plan on taking you for a walk – that is, virtually retrace my own steps so I can selfishly share with you what I thought was “pretty.” So, indulge me, will you?. Put on that fall jacket you have been resisting to wear (yes we will stop for coffee) and follow me…

LESSON #1: Take some risks in that yard of yours! A match made in heaven might be at your fingertips!

After I happened upon this plant combination in my neighborhood, I melted and have since used the combination in my own yard and in my clients; Caryopteris (it has many common names mostly – beginning with the word “blue” – and a handful of varieties) and Hakonechloa macra aureola.  What shocked me about this pair was their seemingly incompatibility. Caryopteris likes full sun and can be drought tolerant once established.The Japanese forest grass or HA-KON-E-CHLOA is a deciduous grass that fancies more shade than sun and a bit of moisture.  Who would have thought that these opposites would attract?

Next we have…well, look at this cutie!  Could it be a chocolate dipped sunflower? It looks like Mother Nature missed a few petals though. I’ll take it anyway.  It’s so perky isn’t it? And not too top-heavy like those sunflowers you used to grow when you were knee-high.  I saw lots of bees and little birdies nibbling at these buds. These happy numbers are not only thrilled to be beautiful swaying in the breeze as cars and buses zipped down Madison Avenue, but seemed to delight in feeding our urban wildlife.

LESSON #2: Universities, State and local community colleges can be some of the best free garden touring there is.

Renee’s Garden carries a variety of sunflower seeds that might match this variety.  Or for a real treat visit Annie’s Annuals – she does mail order and just visiting the site makes you feel like you had a cup of tea with her.

IMMIGRATION REFORM?  In my opinion, we need to keep these (perennial) borders open! This picture was taken in late summer during its glory. And get this – I stumbled upon this fabulous herbaceous border protecting what looked like to me to be power  lines. This is why I love Seattle. Intentional green space where we least expect it. Could this not be a baby step towards energy reform?  I will have to go back to I.D. most of the plants but I do spot a Joe Pye Weed (eupatorium), some miscanthus (variety – not sure), monarda, and some rudbeckia or helianthus – a close relative to that chocolate inspired sunflower I adore above.

LESSON #3: Plants are political. Presidential politics can only go so far. But plants? They seem so humble with nothing to hide except their true intentions.