Mosaic Gardens Journal

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Preview July 29, 2011

Filed under: garden design,photos — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 5:16 pm
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It’s a busy week in Mosaic central, but we’re thinking about you!  Just wanted to give you a little taste of a great garden we’re going to share here soon….  Stay tuned for more photos and information!

 

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Our deck on Sunset’s Fresh Dirt July 26, 2011

Filed under: News,our garden,photos,Tricky spaces — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 4:52 pm
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The galvanized stock tank planters on our deck got the attention of Sunset’s Jim McCausland during his recent visit.  The bamboo screen provides a soft, textural screen for the seating area and a lovely backdrop to the view of the deck from the house.  On clear nights, moonlight through the bamboo casts beautiful shadows on our walls.  Read about the screen and see some of Jim’s terrific photos on Sunset’s Fresh Dirt….

 

A Romantic Deer Garden? July 19, 2011

Basalt paths frame a Vietnamese urn in Joy's front garden

The side garden is shadier, but still produces sweeps of soft color

Our artist client, Joy, wanted a romantic, flowery, soft planting, in cool and pastel shades.  Her original planting  – largely thuggish ornamental grasses and traditional landscape shrubs – had never been quite what she wanted, and when she called us, she was hoping for something more in keeping with her craftsman house and painterly aesthetic.

We’ve built the garden in stages, learning the site and its voracious deer as we work our way around.  A large Vietnamese urn and basalt pathway in front are two of our rare hardscape additions, as Joy and her husband were happy with the existing patios.  As we’ve moved to different areas of the property, we’ve adjusted our planting style to accommodate lessons learned and changing preferences.  Where spring color was her first priority in the beginning, Joy came to love plantings that provide year-round impact.   In addition to our construction work, we develop the garden over monthly visits, through which we’ve gradually amended our original plantings, creating a garden that looks fabulous in every season, while still reflecting our original aesthetic, and that accommodates the unusual and ever-changing tastes of the local deer.

Another view of the side garden

This garden owes a debt to trial-and-error, and we could not be more grateful for Joy’s trust in allowing us to bring the garden to its current successful state.  We think we’ve found an elegant balance point between floral color, year-round impact, and, of course, deer resistance.  Our highest compliment is that we often find that many of our monthly chores are complete when we arrive, and Joy, who had never been a gardener before, eager to talk about the latest developments and future opportunities.

Joy’s garden is one of four or five of our gardens that will be included in next year’s Study Weekend tour, June 1-3.  The Study Weekend is a gathering of gardeners that rotates between Vancouver, BC, Seattle, Portland and Eugene, features talks from some of the planet’s best plantspeople and designers, and a tour with the areas’ best gardens. We’ll post more here, as we learn more, but if you’d like to know more soon, please contact the WVHPG.

As the small trees we planted in the courtyard have grown, we've amended the plantings to tolerate more shade.

The hillside along the driveway was our most recent planting (Can you tell Joy loves Alliums?).

 

New Garden Journal Friend! July 14, 2011

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A pic of some of our spiky, mean plants for "danger garden!" Click for a larger image.

Our new friend, Loree Bohl wrote a lovely, very thorough post about our Open Garden on her blog, danger garden.  Judging from some of her other entries, we share a passion for mean plants and cool nurseries, so be sure to keep reading!

 

 

 

Our Garden in July July 13, 2011

Buell took some terrific new photos of our garden last night.  What do you think?

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Open Garden!  We had a lovely day and were delighted to meet so many new friends.  If you missed the event, stay tuned to the journal and Facebook for future events.

 

 

The Ahearn Garden on Sunset’s Fresh Dirt Blog! July 5, 2011

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The Ahearn Garden

Hope to see you at our Open Garden this Saturday!  More info here.

July is off to a great start!  In addition to beautiful weather, we had an Independence Day treat of seeing one of our gardens on Sunset’s Fresh Dirt blog.  “Perfect Small Patio” by Jim McCausland features Debbie and Gary Ahearn’s little courtyard.  The patio is an inviting, outdoor extension of their kitchen and dining area.  Packing a lot of garden into a small space was our first challenge, and the second was providing a cozy, intimate and private space not far from a well-travelled residential street.  The redwood fence balances privacy with a flow of light and air, and the custom metal furniture gives the focus and warmth that make the courtyard a well-used outdoor room.

If the Ahearn’s courtyard looks familiar, you may remember it from earlier posts in our journal, like this one about outdoor seating areas.

Questions?  Leave a comment, drop us an email at mosaic@mosaic-gardens.com or ask us in person on Saturday!