Falling For Pink

October 16, 2017

As the leaves start their slow turn from green to gold to brown I can’t help being drawn to anything in pink. From the remnants of summer annuals in pale pink to late summer stragglers in a more shocking shade I can’t  get enough. Even the earliest changes in my sumac and sassafras foliage have a pink edge to their vibrant red. Maybe it’s the way these deep rich pinks play off of October’s golds and browns that help extend the feeling of Summer just a bit.

Photos: gp

Modern meadow photo http://www.oudolf.com/piet-oudolf

 

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One Bowl…

September 7, 2017

a few pantry staples and a wooden spoon. That’s all that’s needed to put the abundance of Summer zucchini to good use. I adjusted the already simple recipe from SimplyRecipes.com to include butter and olive oil and the result was 14 moist and gently spiced Zucchini Muffins packed with raisins and walnuts in just 45 minutes, start to finish.

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/zucchini_muffins/

Or, you can use this recipe to create two loaves of satisfying Zucchini Bread instead. http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/zucchini_bread/

 

photos: gp

 

 

Take It Outside

August 25, 2017

Starting the day with your morning cup and a little solitude, breaking midday for a little lunch or gathering a group for an impromptu Summer supper, this table and bench seating would accommodate beautifully. If it’s only seating you need the benches alone offer up some great inspiration for an impressive DIY project. Hmmmm…there’s plenty of summer left…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooling Greens

August 20, 2017

This August heat has inspired me to reach for anything green from the season’s bounty, switching up my weekly shopping trip which seems to zeroed in on auto-pilot. Let’s see what this exercise has produced.

From the top:

It started with this green spider orchid from Trader Joe’s inspiring the rest of my selections.

Locally grown Honeydew melons are just the break I needed from Watermelon.

These Green Zebra heirloom tomatoes will switch up that Summertime BLT or Caprese.

Local fresh herbs…it doesn’t get better. Basil for a Pesto Pizza on the grill or maybe a Pesto Potato Salad…Parsley and Mint for a Chimichurri to compliment anything grilled.

Zucchini have gotten a bad rap by showing up on your desk or doorstep by the bagful. Take full advantage by grilling them up with some onions, peppers and tomatoes or knocking out a batch of Zucchini Muffins.

Photo: gp

 

 

 

 

 

White Hot

August 2, 2017

You can’t beat a white hot deal like a bunch of locally grown Summer gladiolus at $4. Especially in simplequietmodern white. Less than a ” cold brew” and they’ll last the entire week.

 

Photo: gp

 

Going Long

July 3, 2017

What better way to kick off the 4th of July than with an extended holiday weekend? Plenty of time for some DIY projects, maybe a local road trip, enjoying some seasonal favorites and simply kicking back. On your mark…get set…where’s that hammock?

From the top:

First things first…get that flag up.

Add in a new plant material and see how it performs the rest of the summer.photo: http://www.highcountrygardens.com/bouteloua-gracilis-blonde-ambition

How much fun could a tree swing be?  Photo: https://www.schoolhouse.com/collections/all-new/products/wood-rope-tree-swing

After a bit of work a rewarding lunch near the water could be a good idea.

Cold watermelon and an 80 degree day…perfect.

A bag of marshmallows, a box of sparklers and a yard full of fireflies should finish the holiday off nicely.

photos: gp, except where noted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just in Time

June 30, 2017

The Gardens Of The a Highline: Elevating The Nature Of The Modern Landscape is now available, just in time for a little Summer reading. This chronicle of the transformation of the abandoned elevated tracks on Manhattans West Side, in garden designer Piet Oudolf’s own words and captured in the images of photographer Rick Darke, is sure to inspire.

 

Photos via Oudolf.com