A NEW FOCAL POINT

As I walk through the garden I see all the areas that would be much improved with a focal point.

Circle of friends

The Circle of Friends (above) has a wonderful pot, an Italian reproduction of a Gertrude Jekyll design. (I want something taller, this is too round & short)

At the end of the Rose & Clematis Walk is the  Schiaparelli Bench.

The Sciaperelli Bench

The cutting garden has several focal points as it is divided into four parterres…

Bench in cutting garden

The bench .. (On axis with the Potager)

entrance to cutting garden

St Fiacre…

and serving as focal point from  two views is one of the classic Four Seasons.. ‘Summer’…

Cutting Garden Entrance

and opposite  ( below)  an urn…  (An overturned pot acts as plinth; my Poverty Cycle)                                                                      cutting garden

My friend, the brilliant and talented  Landscape Designer Tara Dillard posts about focal points on her blog constantly!

This winter when I decorated my dinning room for holiday festivities, I was keenly aware that the view from the window was less than I hoped.So I moved ‘Summer’ from the cutting garden directly on axis with the centerpiece on the table.

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She is here temporarily, I do think ‘Winter’ would be more appropriate  since that is basically the only time we eat in the dining room, and ‘Summer’ belongs in the Cutting Garden with all the blooming beauties of her season. She has been moved  so often that to paraphrase Margery Fish “In time she will learn to walk”

Ah, decisions, decisions… I always opt for more plants and labor when spending my garden $$$$. Perhaps this will be the year I concentrate on accessories.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

New Year’s Eve  Indian Dinner was a success although I never finished all the decorating;  I run out of time before I run out of ideas.

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Never got to photograph the final tables but here is a taste of what it was like.

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This is the china I used (photo from last year).  Appropriately…Indian Tree.’

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I adore  these Indian fabrics, they are so beautiful and fine in contrast with the  textured almost primitive,  stitching binding all together.

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Used almost all my tureens..

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Added some bling to the lighting as well. My mother always said “If a little is good, a lot is much better ” or  my favorite from Iris Apfell; ” More is more, less is a bore”.

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Enjoyed bringing in the New Year with  wonderful friends. I know 2014 will be an exciting one.

Wishing  you all the very best of everything for 2014!