Mosaic Gardens Journal

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Four Views of the Coast Garden August 12, 2011

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Isn’t it amazing how physical perspective can change a garden?  Below are four views of the same section of the garden we built on Coos Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

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Quiet Entry Garden August 5, 2011

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The photos below show just one part of a multi-phase project that we think is fast becoming our best garden so far.  Our goal for this entry garden was to create a serene, simple design that allows focus on the beautiful trunks of the Oregon White Oaks and the clean, contemporary lines of the house and entryway.  From the driveway, visitors pass from a bold, colorful street planting, through hedge of golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) into a quiet, sweeping, sword fern garden, with a few small trees and some Fargesia rufa, a clumping bamboo.  Our favorite hardscape feature of the garden may be our drystack stone wall along the driveway (see a slideshow of its construction here).  An ipe deck and boardwalk float over the fern garden, past a huge basalt bowl, to the front door.

While other areas of the garden feature diverse plantings and bold foliage, this garden focuses on the essentials.  Although, this garden is largely a passageway, as opposed to an area to entertain, it seems to have a profound effect on visitors.  Rather than rushing through the garden, the simple design encourages people to pause for a moment and enjoy a quiet moment, appreciating the view.

This is another garden that will be included on next June’s Study Weekend tour.  For more information, stay tuned here or contact the WVHPG.

 

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!

 

 

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

Filed under: friends,our garden,photos — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 9:35 pm
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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!

 

3 Fun Facts About Our Garden June 29, 2011

Filed under: events,garden design,Garden Profiles,News,our garden — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 9:01 pm
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With the Open Garden just ten days away (July 9, 9-2!), this seems like a great time to share some fun facts about our garden.  You may know the basics from our website and journal, but did you know that…

Our very young garden in 2004, photo courtesy of Robin Bachtler Cushman

– We put our first plants in the ground in 2003 and had our first photo shoot for Sunset in 2005.  That’s a pretty quick start for a garden!  The original plantings were boisterous and brimming with variety, partly because we were using the garden as a testing ground for unusual and new (to us) plants.  As the plantings have matured and the garden has grown shadier, we have edited the plantings to masses of our favorites, with room for more than a few highlights and oddballs, of course.  We wonder what you’ll think of the changes at the Open Garden….

– The galvanized fence was one of the  few elements that we knew would be a part of the garden from the start, and it was the first thing we installed.  We had a hunch that the brightness and subtle texture of the fence would be an asset in our narrow, urban lot.  While metal fences clearly aren’t for everyone (it’s still the only one we’ve built!), we love how it seems to pull the sky down into the space and sets off the dark foliaged plants in front of it.

Our galvanized metal fence.

– We built almost everything by hand.  From removing tons of concrete (be sure check out the “before” pictures in this post), to hauling each rock to its final location, we held true to our belief that people build better gardens than machines do.  The one major exception was the driveway, which Buell swore he was going to dig by hand….  About 10 minutes with a pick convinced him that using a bobcat would be a better idea.

We look forward to sharing our garden with you on July 9.  In the meantime, remember to follow us on Facebook for updates, photos and more!

 

Mosaic Open Garden, July 9 June 21, 2011

Filed under: events,garden design,News,our garden — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 12:57 am
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Buell's stacked stone sphere sculpture

Mosaic Open Garden

Saturday, July 9, 9am – 2pm


Please join us on Saturday, July 9 for an Open Garden!  The plants are loving the long, cool spring, and the garden is gorgeous this year.  It’s a small, diverse space that has been featured in Sunset, Fine Gardening and Garden Design magazines.   There’s a little something for everyone – sun, shade, dry stack stone walls, seating areas, mature plantings, new additions and lots of design ideas.  Buell and Rebecca will be on hand to answer questions about the garden and Mosaic, but, introverts, never fear, we’re happy to let you wander on your own.

If you don’t know our garden, this photo history is a fun place to learn more, and our press page includes several articles about the garden.

We hope to see you on the 9th!  Drop by anytime between 9 and 2, and feel free to bring friends and family.  We’ll have limeade and shade if it’s warm (or even if it’s not), and space to explore or just sit and enjoy the day.