August 28, 2015

3 Ways to Use Tawny Yellow & Brown Tones this Fall

I have a thing for blankets...specifically cuddly warm throws. Stacks of them...preferaby an eye-pleasing selection from which to choose my blankie du jour. And since I am channeling those tawny beige, gold and brown tones from my recent Brown Canyon hike (here)...

THESE plaid comfies (a pop of orange doesn't hurt)  caught my eye...and would look scrumptious piled together next to the fireplace...inside OR out...just waiting to be plucked for a warm snuggle. Most in my existing collection are wool and cotton; wonderful, yes...but wouldn't a cashmere addition be peachy?

I've got my eye on some of the buff colored cashmere throws from P A R A C H U T E Luxury Bedding (here).  What an indulgent addition it would be to my pile. (When helping to style a clients outdoor living space, especially if they have a pool, I suggest they switch out their mounds of beach towels with a collection of multiple throws). 

Yellow or yellow-gold are not colors I typically gravitate towards in my wardrobe.  But the hues looked so appealing in nature, I thought maybe I should reexamine their possibilities in my attire.

A quick spin around Pinterest and the web proved that the combo works (yellow + khaki = a great ensemble). 

Consequently, I'll be mining my closet for golden yellow tones to marry with beige-y neutrals and rich deep browns...pairings that prior to my hike I really hadn't considered much.

I spotted a fabulous large stand of Moonbeam Yarrow in Salida...a plant I no longer grow because of its space requirements.  I do recall
seeing it in a dried state at Whole Foods though and think I'll pick some up...

to mix with the remaining fresh rudbeckia

 and arching sprays of oat grass in my
own garden...

to fill the pitcher on my kitchen table or
perhaps adorn a late summer, early fall wreath.

Three ways I'm bringing home a bit of Rocky Mountain inspiration.
What would you do with these classic colors?

August 23, 2015

Tawny Tones of Brown and Yellow

Inspiration for ________ this fall....

I look forward to filling in the

August 22, 2015

Russian Sage (Advice)

Perovskia atriplicifolia

One would think that the longer one gardened the more varieties of plants one would wouldn't one? 

Well....not necessarily so in this gardener's case. When I first started to garden, anything and everything...from lupines and delphiniums to phormium and agaves... was on my plant list and (for VERY brief spells) in my flower beds. Over the years, for reasons practical and horticultural and personal....

I have drastically reduced and edited my plant list...and quite frankly, some of my horticultural ambitions. Some, I no longer grow not because I can't......but because out of deference and respect for the plant itself, and its own very specific aesthetic sensibility...    


Take, for example, the sheer lavender brilliance of Russian Sage, Perovskia. A Prussian-blue meets lavender perennial that greets me at most every corner here in Salida, CO. The light, the space, the aridity, the drainage, the very attitude of Colorado is just made for this spikey gray bloomer...and vice versa. In my small urban OKC flower border, I cannot easily provide any of these conditions ...just great affection and admiration for its potential; alas, something never fully realized in my home garden, where it grew lanky and sullen from too much water and too little sun and space.

 Quite simply,  I just couldn't do this handsome plant justice, and now feel I do it a disservice to try.

Better to savor it in a happy home, where it flourishes, waves, sprawls and dances... hosting no end of pollinators and winged visitors who, like me, are also great admirers of its color, shape and personality.

I simply added it to a list of other plants...not failures so gardening companions (so to speak) with whom given my situation I just wasn't well suited...and they for me. I still love and appreciate and admire, and even covet them a bit...

but no longer am driven to possess or cultivate. I consider it advancement along a learning curve...this acknowledgment of things, like a tattoo or a bikini or even an extra large Christmas tree...for which I am not now suited...but am happy to admire elsewhere.

August 21, 2015

Making Garden Fresh Herbal Compound Butters

Butter + fresh herbs + garlic (sometimes)  =  a little bit of late summer heaven

There aren't too many ways to improve on garden fresh produce...the grilled corn, green beans and new potatoes, sautéed squash and oven fried okra of summer......and, oh yes, cornbread...or roast chicken.

Unless, of course, you put butter on it. Preferably butter laden with chopped herbs, freshly cut...mushed into that creamy butter...

maybe with a little minced garlic, zest of lime or lemon....a hint of cumin perhaps...let your taste buds and imagination be your guide.

How about:

cilintro + garlic + lime zest + roasted chili

rosemary + garlic + cracked pepper

chives + minced onion + garlic  

thyme + garlic + lemon zest + cracked pepper

Indulgent little rounds of silken, creamy yumminess.  The how to is in the video above. 

August 13, 2015

Compose a Tabletop Meadow

Aren't these images from terrain (here) absolutely wonderful? I have been carrying these late summer visions  in my head for over a all of their inspirational, idea-tickling glory. If you are not familiar with their on-line shop and blog, you simply must acquaint yourself. Their products will leave you longing,...their aesthetic in design, both graphic and floral, will make you swoon.

Anyhoo, after my wreath-making frenzy cooled just a bit from Tuesday's segment...(by the way, if you missed the segment we did on the subject on 4 YOUR GARDEN a couple of days ago, you can watch it here:)

my  attention shifted to my terrain inspired project...

I began to see a theme...synthesizing terrain's beautiful images, the booming popularity (and my intense obsession these days) with the farm to table movement, and, of course, what was seasonally evolving in my own garden. Perfect fodder for a

 TABLETOP MEADOW arrangement.

Consequently this evening, I began to prepare, forage,and  immerse myself in this project for tomorrow's 4 YOUR GARDEN segment .


Join us tomorrow for 4 YOUR GARDEN at 4:30   on NewsChannel 4 and see what kind of Tabletop Meadow LC and I can create.