Showing posts with label Fence. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fence. Show all posts

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Twig Fencing: Get the Look For Less

Oddly, most often, adding 'more' to a small space, enlarges it.  Another of those COUNTERINTUITIVITIES about Garden Design.  Off topic, but had to mention it.  More, off topic, deer won't jump a fence they can't see thru/beyond.
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Twig fencing, below, hard to copy throughout most of USA.  Make it yourself?  Sure, in your spare time.  Great, you've sourced it ready-made, now to afford it.


In the high places of Dorset - Ben Pentreath Inspiration:
Pic, above, here.

Luckily, big box stores sell rolls of reed fencing, below.

 
Pic, above, here.


 Marmalade Season - Charlie McCormick:
Pic, above, here.
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Perhaps reed fencing is now input into your Garden Design vision questing.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO T

Friday, March 10, 2017

Low Tech Hidden Fence

Often when fences go into a landscape, they can be hidden in plain view, below.
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Better, the fence, hidden in foliage, can be simple, posts & rolled wire.

Playing with Castles - Ben Pentreath Inspiration:
Pic, above, here.
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Small children, pets, a pool, many reasons for a fence in the garden.  No reason a fence must look like a fence.
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Garden & Be Well,   XOT






Monday, January 23, 2017

It's What We Do With What We Have

Across the years, somehow, this garden, below, reaches deep within, and holds me dearly.
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The fence is so much more than its parts.
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You seeing Pablo Picasso & Georges Braque, or my favorite Kurt Schwitters too?    
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Perhaps you see a fence made from junk, the best a poor person could do?
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Not me.  I see the best within the human spirit.  Means may be meager, yet the end soars.  In the making those means are made golden.
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Perhaps that is why this garden wraps its arms around me.  Connection with a kindred spirit.
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And thus we've arrived where E.M.Forster wrote, myriad volumes, upon a pair of words, "Only connect."
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1-west-virginia-1938-mpwolcott-library-of-congress:
Pic, above, here.  1-west-virginia-1938-mpwolcott-library-of-congress 
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Dignity & truth abide, above.  Of course Forster, in, A Room With A View, "It is so difficult – at least, I find it difficult – to understand people who speak the truth.  ", writes of humanity, not merely those he prefers.
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Garden & Be Well,   XOT
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Today's Garden Design assignment: Design your garden with the core of your dignity & truth, conveying who you are.   Shoot a pic of this newly designed garden, next, push the pic a century forward, you are long buried, will viewers know who you were, from that lone pic of your garden?
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Seems a bit extreme, yes?  Why should Picasso, Schwitters or Forster have all the fun, with their art?  It's all there, for you, too.  Only connect, within.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Deer & Armadillo Fencing

Two members of the Garden Design team, for my space at our ca. 1900 American farmhouse, control many choices at the front end.  Third member of the team is wildly controlling too.
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None of this overlooks a fourth controlling component, aging in place, me.
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For decades I've had the honor of older women, into their 70's plus, hiring me.  Their landscapes must be beautiful, and fully turn key.  Tough plants, easily maintained with minimal unskilled labor.  Check.
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Back to those original members helping design my new garden, deer, armadillo and the weather: brutal heat, humidity, drought, rains, occasional 0 f, strong winds throughout every season, and, the worst, a freeze in April after weeks of warm days.  Check.
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Oddly, with all the constraints, above, (after achieving acceptance) it's easier to create a Garden Design.  Fewer choices.
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Southern Indica azaleas will be many of my hedges.  Sun/shade, deer resistant, drought tolerant.  Better, their height & growth habit, below.

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Pic, above, here.

Deer don't bother much with what they cannot see, they keep on walking.  Outside my garden, deer will see this, below.  Delightfully, more than solving a deer issue the azalea hedging will block views of the street/cars, and create garden rooms, walls.

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Pic, above, here.

If deer were the only problem, azalea hedging would be deterrent enough.  Armadillo dig for worms/insects with their clawed feet and tapered snout.  Around since the dinosaurs, armadillo are not smart in expected ways.  Simple wire fencing at ground level guides them away, they won't dig under.
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I fully expect to be the first human to experience the first self aware male armadillo, who tunnels under my wire fencing, releases his pheromones to Pluto, and his harem arrives, delivering their typical 4 identical offspring with each pregnancy.
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Wire fencing, below, will be built, azalea foliage to grow thru, and obfuscate its presence, and armadillo.

♕ sweet cottage garden gate <3:
Pic, above, here.

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Pic, above, here.

Had to include this pic, above, the pruning is amazing.  Foliage/blossoms from top to bottom, achieved with pruning tapered, wider at bottom than top.  Then, the subtle change in height from left to right, as the Garden Design dictates need.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO T

Monday, November 16, 2015

Fencing: Contrast Formal + Rustic

Garden Design uses contrast as a potent tool.  If I could only have 5 arrows in my quiver, contrast is one of the 5.
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Contrast, everything.
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Fine country estate?  Rustic fence, below.
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Why?  More layers of narrative.  More metaphor.  A deeper story.  Intellect playing in grace.

From Berkshire to Buckingham:

Rustic fences, below, with fine manor houses?  Centuries of examples.

P1040209:

Charming, below, welcoming.  Formal fence, below, instead?  Fine.  But you've just created a 'walk-thru', get where you are going don't stop statement.

Tara Dillard: path, axis, enfilade, roses, trellis, potager, gate, focal points, lighting:

Elegant roses, rustic fence, below, is wicked.  I smell the fragrance.

Magic Garden <3:

Rustic, yet looks formal, below.

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Rustic, reading formal, below, with the black stain.

Rustic 4-board fence stained black, with black vinyl welded wire:

Formal, reading rustic, below, with hog panel wire.

hog panel fence:


A little privacy, below, historic lattice.  

TARA DILLARD: Front Porch: A Way to Test Design, furniture, lattice, drapes, color, green, brown, white, susanne hudson's front porch: I

Beloved & I are building a deck at the back of our American Farmhouse.  We chose the formal reading rustic with hog panels.  We didn't want to block views of  softly rolling hills/open-wooded/lake/sunsets, yet needed a hint of elegance to bind to the house, while honoring the simple livestock barbed wire fence along a property line with dairy cows.  Contrast.  Need 1 panel of the lattice, above, with our railing.
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All day yesterday we were building the new deck, just the 2 of us.  At our age.  Go us.  Late in the daylight, a ribbon of black birds flew over, the ribbon must have been a mile long, and they were all talking.  Haven't seen/heard anything like it since childhood.  Sunset was a stunner.  Having lived in subdivisions my entire life, without seeing sunrises/sunsets I'm easily distracted by a good sunset.  Hints of the Milky Way too.  More days ahead, working on the deck around the day job.  Soon we must decide roofing for portions of the deck and screened room.  Hard choices, not wanting to block sky views, yet getting protection from summer sun, and mosquitoes.
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All pics linked from my Fences Pinterest Board.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO T
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Made the choice to build ourselves, and save $5,000+.  Beloved already had the know-how & tools.  Huge.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Design Rule: Hint of Invitation

In the bright morning light, below.
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Hint of something, saying, come-this-way.
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Gravel path, boxwood, bench & hydrangeas.
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Paths should engage: foot, eye, mind, heart.

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The language of invitation.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pic taken this month in Susanne Hudson's garden.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Garden Design Course: Free in a Single Pic

Under a pecan tree not much grows.
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Tara Turf is best.
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Why?
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Increased pollinator habitat increases crop yield up to 80%.
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 Susanne Hudson found herself with 4 benches needing a home.  Exquisitely, they found a home.
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Garden & Be Well,     XO Tara
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Pic snapped with my phone last week.
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Tara Dillard & Associates Design: farm to city pied-a-terre.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Design Elements: Macro, Micro

Freshman year of college an elective course in economics gave me macro/micro.
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Garden design elements fall into those 2 realms.
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Both equally important.
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Both waltzing thru time.

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The snow that stopped Atlanta, above.
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Dots of poetry.  Ephemeral.
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Sure, the wall is a macro Garden Design element.
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But not for this moment.
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You're looking at the ephemeral micro element trumping the macro.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pic at jobsite last week.
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That economics course?  Tough.  The professor barely spoke English his accent so strong I heard, at most, every 12th word correctly.  One word in particular scared my IQ, could not figure out what the mar-ghaa-reene was.  Especially with his corresponding gesticulations and hi pitch solely upon that word.  Mar-ghaa-reene really got the sweet little man going.  Me too, what was it?  Finally asked my seat mate what he was saying.  She said, 'margin'.
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From that point I ignored the dear little man and solely learned from the book.  
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30+ years later I can still hear/see Mar-ghaa-reene being performed.
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Yes, macro/micro elements amuse me greatly.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Simple Manipulations: How Many Do You See?

Do you see the manipulations, below?


Seating to create a gathering spot, figs for summer shade/winter sun over the benches, drystack stone wall cut into a slight slope forcing foot traffic into defined directions, formal boxwood framing pastoral views, tapering stone wall allowing only small machinery into the pasture from this direction, gravel terrace ready for men-trucks-heavy equipment, horses, or a catered soiree for 100.
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And, of course, it must all look a century old, be easy to maintain, and provide interest 24/7.
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When something appears simple, it rarely is.  Same is true of people.
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Garden & Be Well,       XO Tara
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Pic at a jobsite last week.
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Do you know the maximum pollinator habitat, above?  Seriously, can you verbalize what creates the best pollinator habitat above?  Answer at bottom.
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Being simple requires each of the decades I've been learning about gardens.  Better, being simple in a garden, takes me where Joseph Campbell says our eternity is.  Ironic, in this American life/era, to have found my bliss in work.
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  1. Joseph Campbell - Wikiquote

    en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Joseph_Campbell
    Where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own .... And the experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life.
  2. More, being simple connects me to the message/life work of Wendell Berry & E.M. Forster.  
  3. Wendell Berry Earns Highest Humanities Award, Lectures on ...

    sojo.net/.../wendell-berry-earns-highest-humanities-award-lectures-econo...
    Apr 24, 2012 - On Monday evening, Wendell Berry delivered the 41st annual ... The title hinges on E.M. Forster's 1910 novel Howards End, which Berry said, ...
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  6. Answer to question, above,  High density/low density, open meadow/dense woodland.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Hotel Perfect Bedroom + Pretty Privacy

Aside from 'Hotel Perfect' design, below, the garden view drew my eye for its ubiquity in Atlanta.


Neighbors houses, tiny lot lines.  Yet wanting privacy.  Pretty privacy !
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Fence, understory trees, tall espalier shrubs.  Amazing the privacy, softness, warmth & beauty a few plantings provide.  And, keep it few.  Who wants to look at views full of garden chores to be done !
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In addition, from these doors, fragrances of akebia, tea olive, gardenia, daphne.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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pic BHG.  What is this style of decorating called?  Have done it in my own bedroom after le divorce, calm-serene-pretty.
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Award winning speaker, hire me to speak to your group, local or out-of-state.
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Beauty & Politics

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Chain at the gate says the fencing isn't about keeping only wildlife out.  And she had to chain it while in the garden?
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No, this isn't a bucolic garden scene.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Pic It's About Time.  All politics is local.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Specialty Fence

 Rabbit fence for the potager.


 Perfect for a chicken run  too.
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Garden & Be Well,  XO Tara
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Pic via Content in a Cottage.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Big Garden Design Rule

One of the most important things to know in Landscape Design, below.


Know when to leave it alone.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pic this month in Susanne Hudson's garden.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Double Axis & Before/After

With a view, below, you must be able to turn around


and have an equally fabulous view, below.  Double Axis.



Had the good fortune to visit Susanne Hudson's garden again a few days after this pic, below, was shot.


Without the roses peaking, below, the arbor resumed its status as Focal Point.


Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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All pics shot this month.  Created a garden this weekend and put in one of these arbors, above.  With pendant lite.  We'll use a historic fence template too but one with a bit more privacy.  We won't use white, they already have a delicious dark putty color on their home.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Air Conditioners: Before & After

If you have an eyesore put a focal point nearby.  


2 weeks ago Susanne Hudson & I created a garden/porch for the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival.


Our garden beliefs: simple, historic, focal points, axis, comfort, beauty & simplest.


 We pride ourselves on how little we can put in a garden.


We bought very little for our display garden.  Breezing thru with what we already own.  Proving our beliefs in what we created.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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Pics taken earlier this month.  Hydrangea 'Blushing Bride' in the galvanized tubs.
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Nurseries don't like Susanne or me.  They want to sell you annuals & perennials, mostly.  Many independent garden centers have been slammed in this economy and are gone.   I know why.  They forgot gardens are what people want intuitively, from their soul.  Without knowing it, most people are intuitive gardeners/designers.  What they don't trust, within themselves, is the counterintuitive skillset garden design demands. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Basement Door is now the Dowager's Porch

It's common to see a basement door with lawn.  And nothing else.


Mother-in-law Suite doesn't aptly describe this rendition.


Common furnishings, off the shelf shutters, a simple arbor, concrete pavers & voila !


Color theme was chosen and leveraged with punches of yellow.




Boxwoods, liriope, hollies prettier AND easier to maintain than ubiquitous lawn.  Notice, above, the garbage can?


Between driveway & Dowager's Porch is a tiny foyer, above.  Gravel, above, pure brilliance.
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Most basement doors are the throw-away-zone.  Worse, the criminal zone.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pics taken last weekend at the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival.  This garden belongs to Jeri Farmer, co-founder of the PMHF with Susanne Hudson.  Susanne helps Jeri with her Garden Design.  

Monday, May 6, 2013

Framed Views & Historic Hedge

Every home should have numerous framed views.


This historic hedge, rare in USA, has a Friendship Gate pruned into it between neighbors.


They had dinner & shared champagne last nite celebrating Cinco de Mayo.
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What makes a historic hedge, aside from age?  A mix of plants: pass along plants, bird seeded plants, wind seeded plants, no invasive plants, tiered layers, something coming into bloom throughout the year.  If next to meadow, historic hedges are maximum pollinator habitat.  No watering, no chemicals, no fertilizer, hi density, low density, poof-viola, maximum pollinator habitat.
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Garden & Be Well,       XO Tara
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Pics taken yesterday.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Secret of Black

New construction, established neighborhood, million+ dream home.


Tight property line, above.  I knew to use 4-board fencing with hogwire, stain it black & plant confederate jasmine.
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Their home, to the right of the fence is brick painted white & black shutters.  White was never a choice for the 4-board fencing.  Black recedes, makes the area 'feel' larger.
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Loved being able to have this bit of Chatsworth in the suburbs.
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Garden & Be Well,     XO Tara
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Pic taken at jobsite last week.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Custom Iron Railing

Real iron railing, below, with a bundle of intellect.  The eye picks up quality & detail.  And this is a stunning detail.

 This is what you get, below, in a gated community with strong homeowners association & excellent property manager.  Dreadful plant choices & even worse pruning.

The yellow sickly things, above, are Southern Indica azaleas in toxic Georgia red clay subsoil.
Wish there were an award for driving the ugliest vehicle but loving it the most, above, it's me.
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Garden & Be Well,       XO Tara
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Pics taken at a new jobsite last week.  I'm not out to change their HOA but I want the landscape to reflect, fully, the gorgeous home & its property value.  Yes, we must submit my new Landscape Design for approval.  Ironic, HOA's often lower what their aim is to raise.