Category Archives: landscape architecture

Riding with the Horsemen

Today, I am riding with the Mughal Horsemen again, using Edwin M. Knowles Sylvan, a pussy willow and yellow pods design from 1934. Since the real Horsemen originated in the 15th century, I thought the least I could do was … Continue reading

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When I ask myself, ‘What would Grandma do?’: Phase 1

This is the section of the yard where we had the tree removed. The top edge is a gentle slope from the level yard, but in front of this concoction is the indentation (cipher = hole) descending toward the drive. … Continue reading

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I have rectified the red rocks under the watchful eye of the red bird perched aloft in my red bud tree: The Pathway is finished.

Today was sunny, clear, and warm at 61. I headed to Home Depot for a bag of sand, another bag of paving sand, and 3 new plants. Rain is headed this way tomorrow, and temperatures in the 30s for the … Continue reading

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The path takes a break for winter solstice

Yesterday turned out sunny and mostly clear, but cooler than it has been. Nonetheless, I donned a sweatshirt and laid 4 more rocks in the path. Remember those “can you find the differences between the two pictures?” puzzles in our … Continue reading

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How about a dose of Vitamin D?

You know, the kind you get from the sun. Wednesday and Thursday were incredibly beautiful, with highs in the upper 60s and sunshine and blue skies. It was perfect for working in the yard, and I took advantage of it. … Continue reading

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Poor Woman’s Garden Gazing Ball

While I was writing my dissertation proposal, Mother accompanied me to Ruidoso, New Mexico for a working road trip. I wrote in the mornings while she slept in, then we’d have lunch in town and shop a little before I … Continue reading

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Ode to a change in plans: My motto these days…well, ok, always

People who know me are accustomed to my decisions part-way through a project to shift directions. I label it “flexible.” The original plan for this corner, after I cleared it of weeds, broken tile, a few odd marbles (?) and … Continue reading

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Tiny steps of progress

I have spent most every day working in the yard this week…not this ⇧yard of course, but it is symbolic in a sense. I spent the better part of 3 days digging up broken tile from the small section around … Continue reading

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Italian Gardens

The Italian Gardens was designed by James Pennethorne in 1860.  Prince Albert and Queen Victoria holidayed at the Osborne House on the Isle of Wight (royalparks.org.uk), and being a “keen gardener” the Prince created an “Italian garden with large raised … Continue reading

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The Serpentine

The Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park is a 40-acre lake created in 1730 on the order of Queen Caroline.  It was a featured focal point in the Great Exhibition of 1851, which you can read about at the Albert Memorial.  … Continue reading

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