Author Archives: Natalie

Al Fresco Award at Oleana

So happy Best of Boston likes the garden patio even more than before! We inserted a full herb garden in the walled area underneath the pear espalier, carved out room for chocolate vines on the fences, made up new pots, … Continue reading

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Irrigation Primer

I am a member of the Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA), and am part of an online discussion group that addresses various landscape issues. I wanted to share some compiled and organized information from the latest posts on irrigation: 1- Carefully … Continue reading

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Houzz Profile and Shat Plants

Check out my project profiled in ideas for raised planters on Houzz! Inspiring Raised Beds for Fall and Spring Planting Houzz- Kitchen Remodel, Bathroom Remodel and More» Browse Kitchen Products on Houzz- For Example: Bar Stools And Counter Stools · Kitchen … Continue reading

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Spring in the Garden

I’ve always felt spring in New England tends to come on fast and move into summer even faster. James says there is a ‘long run-up’ but I guess my blinks are longer than his. Alliums are starting to pop green … Continue reading

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Bill Reed: New Hero

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Montado Landscapes in Portugal

The cork trees are what I noticed first: squat, rough-looking trees stripped of their bark 2/3 of the way up the trunk or sometimes even up the larger branches. I loved the way the cork and olive trees looked in … Continue reading

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Infinite Permutations: Tile Skins in Portugal

They tile the buildings in Portugal. Apparently the climate is so mild they work well, and are really good at weathering the salty, moist air by the sea. I collected tiles alongside sidewalk patterns, again, there were so many! Hand-painted, … Continue reading

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Infinite Permutations: Sidewalks in Portugal

On my trip to Portugal in February, I collected patterns of the black and white sidewalks made from irregular chunks of stone. There were different patterns in every square, every street. Some were refined, with pieces clearly cut – others … Continue reading

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Pictures are worth 1,000 words: sometimes the wrong ones

Photos – they aren’t always what they seem: especially with landscape/plant photos. Continue reading

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Two more favorite edibles for New England Gardens

Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago) is a lesser-know native, but you can get them in the nursery trade now! A little rangy, but great fruit, considered the best of the Viburnums. Viburum trilobum is much more compact and neat, with great fall … Continue reading

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