Pick One…Any One

March 30, 2017

Easter and Passover are just around the corner and nothing makes a simplequietmodern statement  than a classic glass cylinder vase filled with flowering branches. From your own yard, a friends garden or a trip to the market, this exercise is simple…pick a single type, fill your vase with water, grab your secateurs and give each branch a fresh clean cut. Done.

 

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Pussy Willow,Forsythia,Yellow Twig Dogwood,Lichen Covered Branches,Quince,Tulip Magnolia

all photos: http://www.shopterrain.com/fresh-faux-flowers/?cm_sp=Homepage-_-week032717-_-Branches

 

 

 

 

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Boing!

March 21, 2016

It’s official…it’s Spring! While the threat of a Nor’easter is still possible and a chill remains in the air there is no looking back. It’s time to grab hold of some Spring and not let go until June. I’m not sure where I’m going to start but I’ve squirreled away some inspiration to help get me started . How ’bout you?

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A fresh bottle of Simple Green and stack of clean cloths…on your mark, get set…clean.

A handful of parrot tulips will not only freshen things up, they might trigger reading The Tulip by Anna Pavord.

Now is the perfect time to add a new tool to your gardening arsenal. Maybe this hand rake to get into those tight spots. http://www.shopterrain.com/new-arrivals-garden-plants/sneeboer-hand-leaf-debris-rake

Asparagus…grilled as a side or maybe in a risotto.

Simple bowls of forced rye grass and undyed eggs…the simplequietmodern way to decorate for this weekends Easter brunch.

 

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Phil or no Phil…

February 1, 2015

shadow or no shadow…the official first day of Spring is still the 20th of March. Mother Nature has her own schedule and if past Winters have taught us anything, there is no point in forcing the issue. You can, however use the next six weeks to get a jump on any new design plan , changes or additions you’ve been contemplating for your yard and garden. To soften Winters grip right now, arm yourself with a pair of pruners, head out and gather up an armful of Forsythia or Quince branches to force into bloom indoors.

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photos:gp

Finally.

April 3, 2014

And not  minute too soon. The emergence of the first blooms of the season. Witch Hazel…with it’s blossoms like little confetti ribbons unfurled to greet us. Thank you. It was worth the wait.

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No Witch Hazel sightings? Then maybe a trip out for an armload of Forsythia, French Pussywillow, Bear Grass and Tulips will hold ya.

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Branching out

April 14, 2012

No matter where you are in the country there should be copious amounts of flowering branches available…if not in your own yard maybe a kindly neighbor or friend? A small armload of judiciously pruned branches~ be they cherry, quince, forsythia or peach~can make quite a statement when brought indoors. Pull out your glass cylinder vase, pound those woody stems and let them arrange themselves.