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Friday, September 19, 2014

#Inspiration in Grapes

As we inch into the fall harvest season, everyone thinks apples and pumpkins but what about grapes?
It’s a Friday garden moment - #Inspiration in Grapes. As we inch into the fall harvest season, everyone thinks apples and pumpkins but this lovely fruiting berry (grapes) often get forgotten or left behind. Check out a local vineyard in your area. Plan a fall road trip to include the wineries and discover these hidden jewels. If you live in the New England area, there are so many wineries to choose from plus you can include in the apple and pumpkin picking, too. Share your favorites. Plan your route.   

As Allan Sichel states, “Wine is a living thing. It is made, not only of grapes and yeasts, but of skill and patience. When drinking it remember that to the making of that wine has gone, not only the labor and care of years, but the experience of centuries.” As we inch into the fall harvest season, think of this lovely fruiting berry. That’s it in a Friday moment - #Inspiration in Grapes.

© Image by Ann Bilowz -  Friday Garden Moment

If you like this blog, hope you check in for your daily share's worth of inspiration, design, and garden tips; always original, not cookie cutter and copied. Just like our design work, we strive for unique! We invite you to contact Bilowz Associates, Inc., or to browse our portfolios for inspiration. Like our Facebook follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog to receive posts daily via email or a feed. Either way, we hope you follow the postings somewhere in cyberspace and share it with your gardening friends. You can follow with visuals on Pinterest and find us on LinkedIn and Houzz, too.  And you can also find us back on our Google+ Business Page. (Landscape architecture/Design/ Massachusetts.)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday Thoughts

What defines your neighborhood? Are people lingering, is it a vibrant hub?
When you hear the word ‘neighborhood’, what thought first pops into your head? Is it defined within a social context or is it geographical as in denoting a specific location? Now do the #ThrowbackThursday thing and go back a few decades or a century if you wish. How you thought of a neighborhood twenty to fifty years ago might be quite different than how you might define it today. Now ask yourself after thinking back, how do you define that same word, ‘neighborhood’ as you repeat it again? Is your definition different or the same?

Of course there’s an Annie tie-in, a direction on this #ThrowbackThursday post that parlays into the aspect of design. It requires a quick read on an interesting article, ‘Eastern edge of campus to become pedestrian-friendly.’ In a snapshot, this piece talks about “transforming urban streets…into vibrant hubs.”  What is specifically of design interest - how the United States is thinking a bit more European in its current neighborhood designs. As this article points out, “Since cars became the focus of landscape design in 20th century American cities, urban streets have acquired “hostile environments that are only conducive to getting people from point A to point B.”  What drove American landscape design for cities (cars) is now revisited and revamped for pedestrian-friendly revitalization.  The end goal of this particular revitalization project is to create more than just a ‘means to an end.’ It’s an attempt to draw people back into the street scape and create a social and vibrant hub.
So that’s the #ThrowbackThursday thought; intended to throw you back just far enough to encourage your own design food for thought. What do you notice as you drive, pedal or walk through your own neighborhood or those areas you pass to get from ‘point A to point B?’ Are people lingering, is it a vibrant hub?
© Image by Ann Bilowz - #ThrowbackThursday image of Florence, Italy
If you like this blog, hope you check in for your daily share's worth of inspiration, design, and garden tips; always original, not cookie cutter and copied. Just like our design work, we strive for unique! We invite you to contact Bilowz Associates, Inc., or to browse our portfolios for inspiration. Like our Facebook follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog to receive posts daily via email or a feed. Either way, we hope you follow the postings somewhere in cyberspace and share it with your gardening friends. You can follow with visuals on Pinterest and find us on LinkedIn and Houzz, too.  And you can also find us back on our Google+ Business Page. (Landscape architecture/Design/ Massachusetts.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Late Summer #WordlessWednesday Moments

This rare and endangered flower, Gentiana andrewsii (Bottle gentian or Closed gentian) can be found blooming at this time of year. Nestled along the edge of the water, this one small patch was waiting to be found. 
On this #WordlessWednesday, the best kept late summer moments...
 
are those you happen to fall upon.

And if you missed yesterday's imagery of the Franklinia Alatamaha’s blossom, take another peek. 
 
The Franklinia Alatamaha Blossom 
Plus the link to the post, #InTheMoment - Tuesday's Landscape Focal Point to tell you all about the Franklin tree.
 
© Images by Ann Bilowz 

If you like this blog, hope you check in for your daily share's worth of inspiration, design, and garden tips; always original, not cookie cutter and copied. Just like our design work, we strive for unique! We invite you to contact Bilowz Associates, Inc., or to browse our portfolios for inspiration. Like our Facebook follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog to receive posts daily via email or a feed. Either way, we hope you follow the postings somewhere in cyberspace and share it with your gardening friends. You can follow with visuals on Pinterest and find us on LinkedIn and Houzz, too.  And you can also find us back on our Google+ Business Page. (Landscape architecture/Design/ Massachusetts.)

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Looking for a dose of inspiration in the barrage of negative news? Each morning my garden blog intention is to provide observations, tips or share something easy to love about gardens, landscape design or the great outdoors. It’s daily like a column so if you’re in need of a routine, you’ve landed on the right garden post. Welcome to Annie’s Gardening Corner. Here's the direct link. http://blog.bilowzassociates.com/

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