Archives for the month of: November, 2013

I’ve put my garden ornaments away for the winter and now the garden looks a little forlorn and empty. This got me thinking about my friend Robin’s garden where many of the ornaments stay outside all year and look great in sun or snow…

To the right of Robin's driveway this concrete 'spacer' is placed atop a mossy rock.

To the right of Robin’s driveway this concrete ‘spacer’ is placed atop a mossy rock.

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Welcome to Robin’s garden.

Beauty + Rust + Whimsey

Beauty + Rust + Whimsey

Just inside the fence at the entrance to the garden, these vintage chairs have wild mullein growing through them. They were given to Robin and were too rusty to refurbish, so she left them ‘as is’. Robin explained “Something about the rusty chairs makes me happy. They are very ‘old world’ to me, the same chairs were at an estate in Long Island where I worked on a photo shoot”. Robin’s line of work is arranging still life elements for professional photographers.

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These naturally occurring rocks support a rose garden. Succulents grow in the niches – the only place where they survive. Dry stone walls (made without mortar) are integrated with the rock to create raised beds. Dry stone is a traditional building technique in the Hudson Valley where bluestone was mined.

By the front door, a raised step is a convenient place to re-pot some houseplants.

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Repotting 'Snake Plants' (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Repotting ‘Snake Plants’ (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Behind the house is a shady bank planted with ferns and ornamental grasses. 

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This hydrangea is a small tree about nine feet tall.

The granite orb was left by the previous owner of the house.

The granite orb was left by the previous owner of the house.

To the side of the garden there is a creek that tumbles down the mountainside.

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This little bridge was built over the creek and a grape vine has been trained over the bridge. It’s a great all-season plant. Leaves, fruit in summer, interesting twining stems in the winter.

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This ‘sculpture’ is a plant support that Robin painted blue, as Robin says “I like to see the beauty in everyday objects”.

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There are several bird baths in the garden. The tops are brought inside during the winter otherwise they may crack due to the freeze/thaw process.

Leaving the garden...

Leaving the garden…

Robin is in the process of setting up a Prop Rental business called “The Prop Mistress”.  Maybe I’ll get a chance to display some of her ‘treasures’ in a future post.

Here’s an item I thought you may enjoy –

Another square: Grande Arche de la Défense in Paris, France

What is your favorite garden ornament? Leave a comment and share your favorite.


I was wondering what a ‘Leaf Peeper’ was. A woodland frog? A rare migratory bird? No, it turns out Leaf Peepers are people who visit to view the fall foliage in the Hudson Valley.

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This bridge over the Esopus Creek in the village of Saugerties was recently painted red (green was the previous color). I like the new color, it’s a traditional color used for barns and seems to blend nicely with the surroundings. The Catskill Mountains are in the distance.

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On the banks of the Esopus Creek the shrubs and small trees have rooted among the rocks.

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I was visiting a friend who lives opposite this ’empty’ plot of land. Not so empty, she has seen baby foxes romping here in the summer, their den is at the back on the left. White tailed deer browse in this field until the start of hunting season when they disappear. The wild grasses turn red in the fall.

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The Sassafras is a medium sized tree that grows about 65 feet tall and is native to the U.S. It has curious mitten shaped leaves that turn yellow in late summer. It’s roots were used to make the drink ‘Sassafras’ and it is a host for the caterpillar of the Spice Bush Swallowtail butterfly.

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The Hudson Valley is famous for the fall foliage of the maple trees. In this picture, the grey tree trunks are Hickory trees with lichen growing on the bark. Gustav Klimt painted some beautiful pictures of trees such as Beech Grove 1.

Why not celebrate fall with a Leaf Peeper Martini from Day Dreamer Desserts ?

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