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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Last of What Fall Brings


On this #WordlessWednesday, it's a collage of late October fall images. 


 

 



Plus a few choice lines from Cheryl Wheeler's song, 'When Fall Comes to New England.' It reminds me why this season is a special time here in New England.

When fall comes to New England

And the wind blows off the sea

Swallows fly in a perfect sky

And the world was meant to be…


'Cause when fall comes to New England

Oh I can't turn away

From fading light on flying wings

And late good-byes a robin sings

And then another thousand things

When fall comes to New England…


‘When Fall Comes To New England’ ~ Lyrics from Cheryl Wheeler


© All Images by Ann Bilowz


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rethinking Space

This recently designed perennial garden once was inhabited with vegetables in a past design iteration.
Outdoor spaces should always be designed to serve a certain purpose. But because life changes, somewhere down the road that particular space may no longer serve the same need. Coming to a quick conclusion of redesign makes it easier to find a new purpose for that space. 

Need a perfect example when it’s time to rethink an outdoor space? This recently designed perennial garden once was inhabited with vegetables in a past design iteration. Part of the client’s initial design criteria - that a vegetable garden be a ‘must’ in the overall master plan. But after two years of veggies in the ground, a certain reality hit big.  This alluring thought of growing vegetables wasn’t as alluring as it was in its beginning stages. The daily time commitment for a vegetable garden with an increasingly demanding schedule meant back to the drawing board with a simplistic design fix. 

The charm of creating a showcase kitchen garden plus growing your own food can win out during the early design and planning phases. Falling in love with that initial idea is quickly overturned by the deal breaker - that daily commitment during growing season. The truth about a vegetable garden - a day cannot slip by without someone’s attention to tending the crop. When that fun hobby quickly dwindles, before you know it, there’s an unkempt vegetable garden staring you in the face. The ugly doesn’t outweigh the elbow grease and work. Plain and simple –veggies are more demanding and unforgiving than perennials. 

Just a word of caution - one of the trickiest parts of maintaining a beautiful landscape, at least if you want vibrant plant life is keeping healthy and happy plants. Too often the 'wow' factor of plant materials in the ground gets trumped by aftercare. Maintaining and keeping any plant material looking fresh requires your efforts or a knowledgeable crew; it should look better than the day it went in. Perennial gardens, even the best of the native layouts should not be confused with ‘maintenance-free’. But when compared to a vegetable garden, especially an eye-catching one, well, you get the drift. Kitchen gardens can turn unattractive very quickly if it doesn’t receive daily care and upkeep. 

When you tackle your outdoor rooms, the possibilities can be endless. But don’t fret if there’s a part of your landscape where a particular space no longer serves the same need. Come to a quick conclusion - it’s just time to rethink your space.

© Copyright note: this image & design have been developed by and is the property of Bilowz Associates Inc. and should not be reproduced in any manner nor are they to be assigned to any third party without the expressed written permission and consent of Bilowz Associates Inc.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Nipping at the Heels

As we near the end of October, our colorful backdrop of New England foliage suddenly falls to the ground. But consider these 'Annie' choices for continuing color in your late-season garden. That is before the chill of November starts nipping at our garden heels. 

First up it's the Nippon Daisy or Montauk Daisy (Nipponanthemum nipponicum) that offers you the likes of summer.  This late blooming autumn flower depending on your zone could still be in full bloom right now.
It’s the Nippon Daisy with its late blooming autumn flower.

Couple this with a few more favorites. Here's one from last October's post - First Place Backdrop PerennialTake a peek at why this is a 'must-have' plant for the autumn garden - Amsonia hubrichtii. It's one of our all-star favorites but the grand finale is its late-season foliage, taking it over the top. You can add ornamental grasses for last season interest but here's a winner Hydrangea - H. paniculata 'Unique'. Include this one into your backdrop. Why? Because this particular Hydrangea provides much for your garden's late season interest. What starts off as a beautiful white blossom in the summer turns into, well, isn't this color just sweet?  
H. paniculata 'Unique' should be included into your backdrop late color mix.
Yes, the autumn leaves and its mass of brilliance may soon be missing from the fall scene but these top choices extend color and foliage in the background while November nips at your heels. As Henry Beston pointed out, “The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.” So keep a backdrop of color to make the shift in temperatures feel a tad less cold.

Even in an October snow, the H. paniculata 'Unique' offers color to your late-season garden.
© All Images by Bilowz Associates Inc.


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