“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” ~ Ruth Stout
Stowe House, Buckinghamshire
Despite the rain we’ve been having, Mother Nature is slowly but surely giving birth to her buds and our gardens are beginning to show signs of awakening. We have a ways to go before the lush flowers of summer take over and we can entertain our friends on the terrace. In the meantime, we resort to the pages of flower magazine and marvel at the works by designers like Carson McElheney, Lancelot “Capability” Brown and Brooke and Steve Giannetti.
Gardening for the Senses
The current issue is filled with inspiring landscapes that delight and capture the essence of what a garden should be – a place to rest, to recharge and to dream. Rarely have we lingered so thoroughly with a magazine and we’re so glad we did. It was like taking a little vacation in the middle of a busy week.
Here’s to spring!
As we’re waiting for spring flowers to bloom and trees to bud, we thought we’d share some beautiful gardens designed by one of England’s most renown designers, Jinny Blom (and yes, her last name means “flower” in Danish!) We saved the article about her in Veranda last year and filed it away for a rainy day (which we’ve had a lot of lately) and when we read another article about her in the spring edition of Flower, we dug the pictures up (so to speak!)
Who wouldn’t be inspired to don some gardening gloves and do some pruning after seeing these beauties? Since we’re huge fans of pinks and purples in our own garden beds, we are smitten with Jinny’s romantic touch.
This spring, Jinny will be working closely with HRH Prince Harry on a special garden for the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show which will support Sentebale, a charity which gives aid to Lesotho’s neediest children. This project will be quite different from the ones she’s done in the English and Scottish countrysides but sure to be a favorite.
Are you spending time in the garden yet?
Photos via Jinny Blom and Garden Design
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Jonathan Andrew Sage Stages a Mantle
Striking in appearance or effect
Photo via Flower Magazine
The best part about traveling for work is having three uninterrupted hours on the plane to catch up on our reading. Along with the usual suspects, we’re packing the Summer 2011 issue of flower magazine.
In the Garden with William Yeoward
Moda Botica Bouquet
Being the flower girls that we are, this Alabama-based magazine is a seasonal must-read. From pretty pictures of floral compositions, tablescapes and gardens, to articles about interior and product designers (like William Yeoward and Suzanne Rheinstein), flower is filled with floral fun to please all types. And with a mission of “enriching life through flowers,” what’s not to love?
Wedding Flowers and Favors
It’s just too bad we have to wait another three months for the next issue!
Rooms in Bloom - The Greenbrier
Photos via flower
A True Southern Gent
… to Barry Dixon who said in an interview for Flower Magazine, “There hasn’t been a civilization in all of history that doesn’t celebrate flowers and look to nature for inspiration.” Though he grew up in the Far East and South Africa, Barry’s a Southern gentleman at heart. His interiors exude elegance and beauty, yet remain relevant and true to the clients who commission them. Who wouldn’t want to come home to such loveliness?
Barry Sets a Table
Photos via Flower Magazine and Barry Dixon