Make a ‘Paperwhite’ Narcissus Flowering Winter Centerpiece

Posted by on Nov 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Make a ‘Paperwhite’ Narcissus Flowering Winter Centerpiece

Share/BookmarkAh, Saturday morning. It’s a frosty start in mid-November and a perfect time to plant ‘Paperwhite’ bulbs for indoor flowering. And, make a fall and later flowering winter centerpiece.  Planted now, they’ll  bloom in late December and perfume your house, too. Last week I popped into my local garden center and bought ten  Narcissus ‘Ziva’  ‘Paperwhite’ bulbs. Now luxuriously in my pjs I’m assembling the plantings. First, I gather  3  tall wide...

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How to Arrange Summer Annuals in Containers

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Arrange Summer Annuals in Containers

Share/BookmarkColorful containers play a starring role in my garden, but especially this summer with New England’s prolonged drought.  It was time for an “end-of-summer refresh” for two key containers. Surprisingly the drought this summer hasn’t affected my garden’s seeming lushness. Right plant in the right place is key here and good soil. However, one effect of the drought and water restrictions is the shorter bloom time of the flowering shrubs and perennials in my garden.  Hydrangeas and roses that typically bloom all summer in...

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Waking Up with Flowers and Birdsong in my Deck Garden

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Waking Up with Flowers and Birdsong in my Deck Garden

Share/BookmarkSummer mornings find me hanging out on my flower filled deck listening to the birds. I’ve made my coffee and now I’m letting this deck garden embrace me.  All my sleepy senses are awakening. I smell the herbs nearby–thyme, basil, dill, cilantro, parsley, and more. There’s a breeze moving leaves around and playing soft occasional  notes on the wind chime hanging below.  I feel the wind on my skin. Too early for direct sunshine.  Course I’m tasting the lovely latte I made while...

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Front Foundation Planting Gets A Facelift

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Front Foundation Planting Gets A Facelift

Share/Bookmark  Sometimes plantings get overgrown, tired, or the current design doesn’t work. They need a face-lift, or a re-design. The front foundation plantings, in this case, were not only overgrown, but they hid a beautiful real stone facade at the front door. The composition of this left side foundation planting didn’t really work with the right side– different plants and different planting style. I’m not in favor of total symmetry, mind you, but to work a landscape needs all its parts to continue a theme....

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Containers Ideas found on a Mini Vacation

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Containers Ideas found on a Mini Vacation

Share/BookmarkSitting in Boston Public Garden I’m enjoying a special early-morning moment on a lovely summer like day. On shady bench in front of an active fountain, I’m relishing it’s gentle sound except when the tourist with the creaky wheeled cart goes by. I’ve rediscovered that when you have a house guest from out of town, you become a tourist and take a mini vacation. While trekking about, I find myself noticing container plantings and a garden or two that I want to share with you. Use these images as photo notes...

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Maria von Brincken Teaches Color Gardens at Mass Hort

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Maria von Brincken Teaches Color Gardens at Mass Hort

Share/BookmarkColor Gardens: Learn to Create Three-Season Flower Gardens with Winter Appeal     In this three-session tutorial course Maria von Brincken, landscape designer, will teach you how to use color and plants to design gardens filled with color from flowers and foliage. You’ll learn how to create beautiful plant combinations that flower from spring to frost for sun and shade. Through hands-on practice sessions, participants make a landscape/garden color palette, and then learn the system to design plant combinations in color...

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Gardening at Dawn on a Summer-Like Day

Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Gardening at Dawn on a Summer-Like Day

Share/BookmarkI love gardening at dawn on a summer morning. Cool enough to pull weeds, prune branches, deadhead, plant, lay mulch as I did this last weekend-of-May Sunday. Yet it’s warm enough for shorts and a tshirt. It’s a time of birdsong and quiet in the neighborhood. No noisy lawn mowers, leaf blowers, or power songs. Just the cool of the morning on my skin, the serenade of birds, the scent of flowering trees, shrubs, and annuals, and the beauty of the planting as they shine with my care. It’s been a busy spring as...

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My Spring Garden: Design Moments

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My Spring Garden: Design Moments

Share/Bookmark Thoughout our busy lives it’s wonderous to enjoy garden moments like...

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Maria Speaks at West Concord Green Thumbs

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Maria Speaks at West Concord Green Thumbs

Share/BookmarkCreate Colorful Gardens “Beautiful Perennial Combinations from Spring thru Frost” The West Concord Green Thumbs presents: Maria von Brincken of Sudbury Tuesday, May 3, 2016 7:00 pm   Learn to apply color, design, and texture harmoniously from season to season. Maria’s talk, slides, and handouts provide tools to create perennial palettes for public and private gardens. Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street, West Concord, MA Free & Open to all – Bring a friend!...

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Maria von Brincken Speaks at Boston Flower Show

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Maria von Brincken Speaks at Boston Flower Show

Share/BookmarkSUDBURY, MA—Ever wonder how to make outdoor rooms using vines? Award winning landscape designer and flower garden specialist, Maria von Brincken, a featured speaker at this year’s Boston Flower and Garden Show www.bostonflowershow.com will share those techniques. Held at the Seaport World Trade Center, on Sunday, March 20th at 1:30 PM, Maria will talk about vertical gardening as one aspect of making a beautiful garden.   Her color slide lecture “Classic Vertical Gardens: Plants that Flower Up & Around” highlights...

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