Showing posts with label Still Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Still Life. Show all posts

Monday, July 7, 2014

Most Wanted in the Garden

This is what I want, below, from my garden.  Every day, to look out from the windows of my home and think, "Oh WOW."


More, I want to walk in my garden, any day of the year, and take a roll of gorgeous 36.


View from the street, above, thru my tiny orchard to little cottage.


Oakleaf hydrangeas, above, drying in the garage next to my car.


Attention to detail, inside/outside.
.
Everyday clients change the scope of their project, it may rain for 30 minutes delaying a dirt delivery 2 days, a supplier does not have what they promised,  mis-communication with a subcontractor,  an employee forgets a tool or gas/oil mix for equipment thus stopping the work totally.
.
All expected, & normal, business.  
.
And why I crave the beauty/solace of my garden & home.
.
A realm of grace feeding the spirit.
.
  What do you want from your garden?
.
Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
.
Pics from my home/garden this year.
.
 For a beautiful garden & home filling you with joy, become my client, local/on-line.
.
Award winning speaker, hire me for your group, local/out-of-state.
                                                                                 .
Books by Tara Dillard, Amazon
.
Tara Dillard & Associates Design: farm to city pied-a-terre.
.
Construction by Award Winning
Shaefer Heard Construction, licensed home-builder, renovation - new construction.  Heard's Landscaping a unit of SHC.  3 decades of service.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Front Porch: Color, Shutters, Narrative

In a subdivision, below, without the trees you would see neighbor's houses from the front porch.


Whenever you see the gardener, dressed up/down, she's arrayed in black/white.  With a bit of bling too, but you knew that from her front porch.


The shutters are bi-fold doors from a closet.  Ick to fab !
.
Color, seating, flow, layers, texture, invitation, relaxation, all ages, conversation, dining, narrative.
.
Which shouts loudest?
.
I adore the narrative, above.
.
Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
.
For a beautiful garden & home filling you with joy, become my client, local/on-line.
.
Award winning speaker, hire me for your group, local/out-of-state.
                                                                                 .
Books by Tara Dillard, Amazon
.
Tara Dillard & Associates Design: farm to city pied-a-terre.
.
Construction by Award Winning:

Shaefer Heard Construction, licensed home-builder, renovation - new construction.  Heard's Landscaping a unit of SHC.  3 decades of service.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Garden Design Course: Free in a Single Pic

Under a pecan tree not much grows.
.
Tara Turf is best.
.
Why?
.
Increased pollinator habitat increases crop yield up to 80%.
.


 Susanne Hudson found herself with 4 benches needing a home.  Exquisitely, they found a home.
.
Please put this on one of your Pinterest boards.  It's a free Garden Design course !
.
Garden Design: backdrop, canopy-understory-groundcover aka ceiling-walls-floor, color, texture, scale, flow, garden rooms, mystery, serene, poverty cycle, curb appeal, focal point, subsidiary focal point, vintage theme, simplicity, low maintenance, pollinator habitat, urban gardening, structure all year.
.
Garden & Be Well,     XO Tara
.
Pic snapped with my phone last week.
.
For a beautiful garden & home filling you with joy, become my client, local/on-line.
.
Award winning speaker, hire me for your group, local/out-of-state.
                                                                                 .
Books by Tara Dillard, Amazon
.
Tara Dillard & Associates Design: farm to city pied-a-terre.
.
Construction by Award Winning:
Shaefer Heard Construction, licensed home-builder, renovation - new construction.  Heard's Landscaping a unit of SHC.  3 decades of service.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Simple Manipulations: How Many Do You See?

Do you see the manipulations, below?


Seating to create a gathering spot, figs for summer shade/winter sun over the benches, drystack stone wall cut into a slight slope forcing foot traffic into defined directions, formal boxwood framing pastoral views, tapering stone wall allowing only small machinery into the pasture from this direction, gravel terrace ready for men-trucks-heavy equipment, horses, or a catered soiree for 100.
.
And, of course, it must all look a century old, be easy to maintain, and provide interest 24/7.
.
When something appears simple, it rarely is.  Same is true of people.
.
Garden & Be Well,       XO Tara
.
Pic at a jobsite last week.
.
Do you know the maximum pollinator habitat, above?  Seriously, can you verbalize what creates the best pollinator habitat above?  Answer at bottom.
.
Being simple requires each of the decades I've been learning about gardens.  Better, being simple in a garden, takes me where Joseph Campbell says our eternity is.  Ironic, in this American life/era, to have found my bliss in work.
.
  1. Joseph Campbell - Wikiquote

    en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Joseph_Campbell
    Where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own .... And the experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life.
  2. More, being simple connects me to the message/life work of Wendell Berry & E.M. Forster.  
  3. Wendell Berry Earns Highest Humanities Award, Lectures on ...

    sojo.net/.../wendell-berry-earns-highest-humanities-award-lectures-econo...
    Apr 24, 2012 - On Monday evening, Wendell Berry delivered the 41st annual ... The title hinges on E.M. Forster's 1910 novel Howards End, which Berry said, ...
  4. .
  5.  If you want a beautiful garden & home filling you with joy, and causes you to tap the brake pedal, as you look in the rear view mirror heading out, become my client, local or on-line.
    .
    Award winning speaker, hire me to speak to your group, local or out-of-state.
                                                                                     .
    Garden books by Tara Dillard, Amazon.
  6. Answer to question, above,  High density/low density, open meadow/dense woodland.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Charles Faudree: Creating Relationship with Opposites

"Establishing a relationship between unlike objects adds to the interest of a tablescape.
An antique French figurine is a three-dimensional companion to the painted figures
on the English foot tub."  Charles Faudree


Contrast.  The Arts cross-pollinate.
.
Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
.
Pic from Details, by Charles Faudree & Francesanne Tucker.
.
For inspiration in the garden I have been going to interior design writers for decades.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Curb Appeal Before Entering the Front Porch


Don't tell me 'welcome' with letters on a sign or doormat, show me.


The curb appeal of this tiny frontyard says, "Yes, you want to see the porch, inside the home, and the rest of the garden."


And you're experiencing the potency of the garden's color trinity, without being aware.


Adore the smartness of cast stone urns filled with cast stone flowers & fruits.
.
Get the color trinity?  Green, brown & white.  Trinity of the ages.  Low maintenance, serene, elegant.
.
Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
.
Pics shot in Susanne Hudson's garden last month.  Girlfriend is serious!  Curb appeal + front porch fabulosity.  We are working on a book together and planning another spend-the-night this month.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Old Tool Bouquet a la Toile

Start collecting now.


You've seen dozens of old tool bouquets on toiles across the span of your life.


Old tools in my garage are ladies-in-waiting.


Think this bit of garden is serendipitous?  Unplanned?  Needs weeding?  A trinity of wrong.  This garden room is rustic balance with its formal companions nearby.
.
Garden Design is all about contrasts.  And finding a way to hang lovely old tools.
.
Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
.
Pics shot in Susanne Hudson's garden last month.  Seems old tools, old terra cotta & old tin are a new trinity.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Desk in the Garden

Don't you adore hearing a new strange fact, and know it's true immediately?


Every garden needs a desk.


First shared with me by Susanne Hudson.
.
Have adored sharing it for years.  Zero dissent.
.
Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
.
Pics in Susanne Hudson's garden last month.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Accessorize

Accessorize.


Focal points are macro garden design.


Accessories are subsidiary focal points.


The micro garden design.
.
Perhaps the strongest tool in Garden Design, micro garden design, making your garden MORE you.
.
Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
.
Susanne Hudson's garden, pics taken earlier this month.  I laughed out loud when I saw this pair, had been in the garden days earlier and did not see them.
.
Remember this garden design rule at the antique shops, art shows, garage sales, junk stores, it's your permission to buy!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Mass Market Annuals?

Mass market annuals are one of the least sustainable-eco-green things produced.


Insecticides, fungicides, weed-killers, water, electricity, heating, plastic, gasoline, trucks, soil, labor.
.
Compare to a packet of self-seeding annuals or the vignette, above.
.
Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
.
Pic same garden as previous post.  I was a professional grower for years.  We grew from plugs, seeds, cuttings.  Mostly plugs.  Adored doing the hydrangea cuttings late each summer.
.
Mass market annuals do have their place & when needed I always put Jenny Hardgrave's company, Simply Flowers on the plan.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Japanese

Invitation.  




 "...eternals as applicable in the smallest of spaces as in the vast acres of a country house garden." Sir Roy Strong.  Above, vast as a mountain range.


Water Mirror, miroir d'eau, above.




Water breaks the footprint of the Tea House, above.  Small touch, huge impact.


Looking outward, above, from the bamboo window seen coming in the entry, top pic.


Framing the view, above, for centuries this has been done.  Is a brick ca. 1960 ranch less worthy?


Hidden, then meandering, above, then spilling into the pond, below.


Why, above, do we like walking on water?

 At the minimum, 2 stones.  Male & female.  Earth & sky.  Ying & yang.  Even the shadows are benevolent.


Leaving the Japanese garden from its other side, above, into a pecan orchard.
.
Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
.
Pics taken Massee Lane Garden last weekend.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Poverty Cycle Into the Music Room


The library across the hall, previous post, is moody with northeastern light.  The music room, below, hums in southeastern light.


Eastern light, below, in the mirror, southern light, window above.


The garden view, below, is one of my proudest achievements.


I took the garden, a century old, to its Southern roots in time & place.  Using the Poverty Cycle.  Looking in the window, below, seen, above.


Tara Turf to the foundation, granite curbstone step instead of green-meatball-foundation-plantings, drifts of daffodils as-if-they-were-always-there.
.
Plenty of areas to play & show off in this garden, and I have, but without using the Poverty Cycle the garden would lack soul, character, integrity, & have too-much-uneducated-ego.  Of course you've deduced, this is my ego, above.  This is a portion of the front porch, hence, double ego!
.
Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
.
Pics taken last week at jobsite.  Same garden as previous several posts.
.
Ego for doing-the-right-thing makes me unemployable to the largest design/install companies across USA.  Why?  It's all about sales.  Are you beginning to understand the prevalence of green meatballs & foundation plantings and, and, and?
.
Oh my, a little Puppet Barbuda this morning.  Uneducated ego?  Testosterone-on-wheels-mow-blow-go-commodify-all-I-touch-get in fast-get out fast-sign my contract-pay me every month.  Sad, you'll pay later in lower house value, higher HVAC, increase maintenance expenses, poison  ground water with fertilizer, destroy pollinator habitat, and worse, harm your spirit with ugliness.  

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Design Interiors From Outside

Front porch, below.


 Lamp seen from the front porch, above, and from inside, below.


Further to the left of the lamp, below.


You do know this already?  Interiors must be gorgeous from every garden view.
.
Your home is the focal point of the garden.
.
Walking with new clients, around their garden, seeing an ugly interior view I will turn my head, look into their eyes and my right eyebrow goes up.  Enough said.
.
Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
.
Pics taken at jobsite last week.  Same home as previous several posts.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

A Foyer View

Doorways, rooms, and an upstairs landing, a myriad of garden views, flood natural lite into the foyer.


I must get each of those garden pictures, from the foyer, next time at this jobsite.
.
Garden views from this foyer are enough for a garden design book.
.
Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
.
Pic taken last week at jobsite.  Same home/garden as yesterday's post.

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Best Time To Design

Design your garden for deep winter.


It will be pretty all year.
.
Garden & Be Well,      XO Tara
.
Pic Belgian Pearls.
.
Rosemary Verey wrote the best garden design book, The Garden In Winter.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Vanishing Threshold

This, below, is a disaster.


At a minimum prune the crape myrtle trunks into elegance, add sasanqua espaliers & sconces along fence.
.
This room stops at the windows.  Why settle for so little?
.
Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
.
pic via Cote de Texas
.
By the Glamorous Age you must be able to have a couple of friends over for a delicious lunch you prepared in a lovely setting of garden & home.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Don't Overlook the Mundane

In the garden & inside you must have cloches.


Seeing, above, I knew my predilection for the unusual inside-a-cloche completely ignored the mundane.
.
A good day includes at least 1 epiphany.
.
Garden & Be Well,        XO Tara
.
pic Paris Through My Lens    
.
If you want a garden that is a moat of grace around your home & life, contact me.
.
Details about online design services.
.
Learn action steps to creating your best garden & home when you hire me to speak to your group.
.
Details about lecture titles here.
.
I've written several garden books available on Amazon.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Historic Template

Shelf-steps, terra cotta pots, topiaried evergreens.


Big impact in the garden & easy resource for your interior.  A historic template.
.
Recognize her?  Bunny Mellon.  I adore everything this woman does in her gardens.
.
Garden & Be Well,                XO Tara
.
If you want a garden that is a moat of grace around your home & life, contact me.
.
Details about online design services.
.
Learn action steps to creating your best garden & home when you hire me to speak to your group.
.
Details about lecture titles here.
.
I've written several garden books available on Amazon.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Overdose Your Color

Choose a color theme.


Overdose on your choice/s.  Works every time.
.
Garden & Be Well,         XO Tara
.
Of course the cat is white.
.
Pic via Whimble

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Deer In The Laundry With Arbor

We were so busy in the garden I never had time to ask about the deer in her laundry.
.
Didn't realize the pic was getting the awning outside.  She has several, this one is over the gas grill.
.
A style quite common ca. 1910.
/
Garden & Be Well,      XO Tara
.
Pic taken last month.