For many years I wished for an ornamental pond for my garden. For some reason I just never got around to it. Finally, just as I was about to retire, I had a lovely pond installed. It has increased my enjoyment of the garden many times over. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t spend time taking pleasure in the ever-changing, always fascinating pond and the wildlife it draws to my garden. Even in winter when it is frozen and snow covered the pond has a serene beauty. Many times I’ve said to myself, “Why did I wait so long?”
Winter is fast upon us. I sometimes fall into a contemplative mood as the year wanes. It seems to me to be a good time to evaluate the accomplishments of this year and start thinking about my goals for the year to come. Are you thinking about landscape improvements in the coming year? There are few things that provide so much enjoyment, for this season and for many years to come. It takes some of the sting out of snowy winter days if there is the vision of a new garden to become reality in early spring.
Back to Nature – Swim Safely in a Natural Swimming Pool
As a little girl I used to hurtle myself off a rope swing into the crystalline water of the Pine Creek in Central Pennsylvania. The swimming hole was a favorite gathering spot during hot summer days. As a result of those early memories of fresh chemical free water, I have never been comfortable with the strong smell of chemicals used in swimming pools.
At this beautiful time of year a storm of gigantic proportions has wreaked destruction on a large swath of the eastern seaboard. Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones. That is the greatest tragedy and one that can never be repaired.
The golden light spilling through my window draws me to look out on my autumn garden. At this time of year it reaches a peak of color. Cheery yellow Mums against sky blue Asters, burgundy blooms on graceful Miscanthis ‘Morning Light’ and bright red and yellow foliage on the nearby maple and cherry trees are all aglow in the crystal clear fall sunshine.
Wallace Landscape Associates entertained a few friends and colleagues at Chanticleer, a jewel of a public garden located on Church Road in Wayne, PA. Chanticleer, more than any public garden I know, characterizes the art of gardening.
What is the most priceless object in the landscape? If you guessed a mature tree you are right.
A large shade or flowering tree is irreplaceable. It provides shade and cooling in summer and it can reduce the cold blasts of winter wind. It gives a new landscape the appearance of being established and in scale with the nearby architecture. For many of us a beautiful tree has great sentimental value.
Our backhoe bucket slammed into a solid object with a metalic “klunk”. On further excavation we discovered a 1954 pickup truck chassis. Covered with rust and dents the old truck had been buried sometime ago, before the land had been developed as homesites, in this Wilmington, DE suburb.
The coolness of fall is in the air this morning. I love to walk through the garden with my coffee on these fresh, bright mornings. While I am enjoying the late summer blooms and the wonderful textures of the plantings I am making a mental to-do list of projects to undertake now that days are cooler and moisture levels are high. As gardens grow and develop there is often a need to spruce up certain areas. Plants may have become overgrown or, as in my case I see an attractive plant or a combination of plants and I begin to wonder how they will fit into my garden.
A water feature that looks as though it was created by nature…
The perfect piece of sculpture as a focal point…
A garden so charming that you want to lose yourself in it…
It’s all about the details.