The Zygomorphic Realm of Gilbert and George

I’ve recently been looking a lot at the works of Gilbert & George as part of my research for a series of collages that I’m working on. I’m not going to get into any commentary here because these guys are the sort of artists that simply elude any attempt to be defined–apart from the obvious…

Viva Vita! (10-4)

From In Your Garden By Vita Sackville-West October 22, 1950 In my garden I have an awkward little border. It is awkward only in the sense that I have never made up my mind about how best to use it. I have tried many things, and nothing has ever looked right, except the wine-colored and ruby-colored wallflowers in the…

Getting My Hands Dirty (October 2013)

As the second month of my horticultural ‘apprenticeship’ comes to a close I can say with absolute conviction that I have chosen the best course in gaining the sort of  knowledge I am seeking as an aspiring landscape designer. The idea of returning to a conventional office job within the confines of a landscape architecture…

The Curious Gardener (October)

From The Curious Gardener By Anna Pavord Soil isn’t sexy. It’s sad but it’s true. Gardeners may sigh over their salvias, worship their wisteria, but soil, they take for granted. In gardening books you can bet that any chapter on soil will be illustrated with a hefty boot doing impossibly tiring things with a spade….

Viva Vita! (10-3)

From Even More For Your Garden  By Vita Sackville-West October 30, 1955 My esteemed colleague, ex-nurseryman, and bold plant collector, Mr. Clarence Elliott, renowned throughout the gardening world, apparently has an aversion to weeding. Not to weeding delicately and tactfully done by himself, but to the ruthless and indiscriminate extermination of all vegetation unrecognizable in its infant…

Garden Blog of the Month

Garden Dreaming at Chantillon Who’s not a sucker for ‘le Trois Departements‘? (Although she does appear to be a bit behind in her postings…)

Viva Vita! (10-2)

From In Your Garden Again By Vita Sackville-West October 28, 1951 If you are thinking of planting for autumn coloring, this is the time to look at the flaming shrubs and trees and make your choice. In spring and summer one tends to forget the autumn days but, when they arrive, with their melancholy and the spiders’ webs so delicately…

Keeping Current…

The latest addition to Hunter’s Point (Long Island City) by Weiss Manfredi. (I suppose I’m starting to sound like a Weiss Manfredi groupie…)

Viva Vita! (10-1)

From More For Your Garden By Vita Sackville-West October 4, 1953 The more I see of finely-cared-for gardens, the more do I realize the high importance given to cultivation. The size of the garden has nothing to do with it; twenty acres or one acre or a half an acre, it is all the same, so long as the…