Monday 6 April 2009 - Filed under Books
This April will be an exercise in restraint chez nest maker. This is a budget-gardening year as I make some both exciting and terrifying life changes. More on that tomorrow. This weekend I was pouring through an incredibly inspiring library book. Small Garden by John brooks is a super dense book filled with gorgeous pictures of gardens that make the most of small spaces, and blend simple but high-impact hardscaping and tranquil plantings. I
drooled over the pictures read it cover to cover twice in a row, and vowed to find it and buy it, because I’ll refer back to it frequently. Happier still, you can get a used copy on Amazon for $4.74. Super bargain, highly recommended.
Just about all the hardscaping is clean, modern, and minimal. It’s not at all how I’ve done my own, but it makes me want to re-do my patio. Maybe there’s someone on craigslist that would want to trade their big square pavers for my big organic new york sandstone slabs.
“Limit the number of objects and structures, and scale them up.” I thought this was such a great quote. I think it applies to plant selection, as well as man made materials. A big collection of small things looks cluttered and busy. Fewer bigger things for the eye to focus on, it’s hard to stick to, but it always looks good.
It’s hard to believe a garden could look so good with so few plants, but it’s hard to beat this simple outdoor room that serves as an extension of the house. How would you like to recline in your house, looking out on that scene?
Speaking of budget-gardening, James and Shala over at Double Danger are hosting a free giveaway week. Today’s giveaway item is an awesome pair of gardening gloves. Check it out and get your name in the drawing.
2009-04-06 » megan