Showing posts with label subsidiary focal points. Show all posts
Showing posts with label subsidiary focal points. Show all posts

Friday, August 1, 2014

5 Ways to Get Subsidiary Focal Points Right

Not a focal point, below, but a grand subsidiary focal point.
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Garden Design Rule: One Focal Point per Area.
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Not my rule, but agreed to.
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What to do?  Invent another rule.
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Focal Points are allowed subsidiary focal points nearby if they recede, touch foliage, don't draw attention.   Can be numerous if properly chosen & sited.
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Focal Points & Subsidiary Focal Points must both be so wonderful they will be fought over at your estate sale.


Pots must be so wonderful they can remain empty.  This young man, above, has dead plantings and he's fabulous.
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More, he flows with the style of the home's interior.
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Dogs, 3 young children, parents each own a business, they have farm property nearby, and a lake house.
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Get the picture?  Zero time for the garden.

Designing for women 80+, taught me how to truly design with tough love.  A huge honor, and weight.  They demand beauty, must have unskilled labor to maintain & little of it, something coming into bloom every 2 weeks, focal points on axis from inside views into the garden.  Nothing can go wrong with the garden.  Nothing.  Health issues arise, the house needs a new roof, a toilet floods.  If the garden has issues, they may decide to move.  It is my goal, their garden gives strength & joy to carry on in their home.  
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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Pic this week in a client garden.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nurture Your Creativity

Ca. 1950 ranch.  Front yard, house on the golf course.
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Drawn on site.  Folding table/chair moved a dozen times.
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Don't mess with how I work.
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How the potter molds clay, similar to how I design.
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Feet in the garden, eyes/mind/Spirit/hand, in symphony.
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Performing.


More regions of the brain activated, than sitting in the office on a computer.


Designing on the computer would be like playing the violin by hooking it up to wires and tapping on the computer keyboard to get the sweetest sounds played.  Not !


Whence my creativity, I know.  And, nurture.


Within that zone of creativity, is, I imagine, what others gain from cocaine.  Don't know, never tried it.  Don't need to, got better.  

 "Some get a kick from cocaine**
I'm sure that if I took even one sniff
That would bore me terrific'ly too
Yet I get a kick out of you."   Cole Porter



Each time a plan completed the awe in time.  Felt like seconds, yet hours passed.  Little in life allows me to forget time, or hunger.
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" My general formula for my students is "Follow your bliss." Find where it is, and don't be afraid to follow it. 

Joseph Campbell
The Power of Myth
pp. 120, 149 "
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Great fear, indeed.  Campbell should have added some in your life add to that fear, not trusting the path you've chosen.  
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My father was horrified at my career choice, and embarrassed.  And vocal.  My engineering degree unused, the horticulture degree supporting me.
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What I do for a living, and how I do it, are the best life choices, for me.  Bucking my dad literally made me ill at times.  
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Best choice I've ever made, and the hardest.
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Garden  & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pics from jobsite this spring.
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For a beautiful garden & home filling you with joy, become my client, local/on-line.
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Award winning speaker, hire me for your group, local/out-of-state.
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Books by Tara Dillard, Amazon
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Tara Dillard & Associates Design: farm to city pied-a-terre.
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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.
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And, of course, it must all look a century old, be easy to maintain, and provide interest 24/7.
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When something appears simple, it rarely is.  Same is true of people.
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Garden & Be Well,       XO Tara
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Pic at a jobsite last week.
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Do you know the maximum pollinator habitat, above?  Seriously, can you verbalize what creates the best pollinator habitat above?  Answer at bottom.
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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.
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  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, ...
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  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.
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  6. Answer to question, above,  High density/low density, open meadow/dense woodland.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Subsidiary Focal Point

Tucked in 'as if' it were being worked.


Subsidiary focal point.


Yes, this client is waltzing with her garden now.  Leading too.
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She surprised me with this little cart.  And was correct, never seen one before.  Years of fun ahead with this cutie.
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Garden & Be Well,     XO Tara
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Pics taken this month in client garden.  We've worked almost 3 years to get to this point.  Pure play.  Of course plantings still arriving in layers too.

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.
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Get the color trinity?  Green, brown & white.  Trinity of the ages.  Low maintenance, serene, elegant.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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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.
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Garden Design is all about contrasts.  And finding a way to hang lovely old tools.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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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.
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Have adored sharing it for years.  Zero dissent.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pics in Susanne Hudson's garden last month.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Hanging Hydrangea

"Hanging hydrangea", said Robin

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to Batman.

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How few choose to hang their 6" pots of hydrangea!
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Garden & Be Well,     XO Tara
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Pics last month in Suzanne Hudson's garden.  Don't you still see people talking in their Batman/Robin cutouts?  No?  How boring.  I do.  Of course I thought they were the stupidest thing on the planet watching, enthralled, the first run episodes.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Accessorize

Accessorize.


Focal points are macro garden design.


Accessories are subsidiary focal points.


The micro garden design.
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Perhaps the strongest tool in Garden Design, micro garden design, making your garden MORE you.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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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.
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Remember this garden design rule at the antique shops, art shows, garage sales, junk stores, it's your permission to buy!

Friday, May 31, 2013

In Relationship

If your secondary subsidiary focal points


are 'animals' make sure they are in


relationship to their surroundings.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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For many years I maintained a small  townhome back garden for a client.  She had a little rabbit that I would move each week, as if it were nibbling her flowers.  Her garden was always done on Fridays, her area of town has the BEST estate sales.  These cats are at my front door, pics taken this month.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Using Words in the Garden

Be wary of words in a garden.  


Welcome?  Don't have it in a 'word', say it with your front door, paint color, light fixture, door mat, plants, & etc.
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Let 'words' in your garden be subsidiary focal points, amplified in the song of your garden.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pic taken near my front door last week.  A Christine Sibley piece.  Of course bought long before she died.  The ivy 'Gold Heart' is not aggressive.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mosquito Position

Once established,


your garden shouldn't be in need of watering cans.


Pots, yes.  Shrubs/groundcovers/trees/bulbs?  No.
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Perfect reason to only have the Queens Pot.
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Pots so wonderful they remain empty.
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These watering cans have assumed the mosquito position in my potager.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Pics taken in my garden last week.  

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Well Placed Chair

Decrepit, sets the timeline at any spot across the last few decades. 


A narrative.  Timelessness.


The Well Placed Chair must suit the theme you've chosen & leverage it.
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You must have at least a pair of chairs for The Well Placed Chair rule !
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Paint them the color of your front door, trim or shutters or an accent color threading thru all your interior art works.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pics taken last weekend in my garden.  Oakleaf hydrangeas are incredible this year.  The Well Placed Chair rule was an epiphany after touring Sir Walter Scott's garden.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Proscenium Design is Your Desire


Porch, turkeys, garden, a new trinity.  This is my job, below.  Do you see what I've done?  


Designed the garden as a proscenium to life.  


What does that mean?
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Garden is fabulous, marvelous, incredible 24/7 with little effort and a stage set for what life tosses.
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Look at the top pic again.
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It's taken from inside the house.  A snapshot that looks like a photo shoot.
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Not an accident.
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This garden is ready for Garden & Gun.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pics sent from client last week.  She KNEW the turkey pic would THRILL me !!!!!!  Don't know Garden & Gun magazine?  You want to.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What is the narrative of your garden?

Cute kills.


Whimsey is for the intellect.
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Pure narrative.  Got any in your garden?  These cats, this narrative, melts me.
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Garden & Be Well,  XO Tara
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Pic Deborah Silver, Dirt Simple.  She designs & owns a nursery.  Take the link, enjoy her shop.  Are there even 10 such shops in USA?
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This pair of cats are also, subsidiary focal points.  Name it to claim it.  I've had to name a lot of things in this garden design world.

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.
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A good day includes at least 1 epiphany.
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Garden & Be Well,        XO Tara
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pic Paris Through My Lens    
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If you want a garden that is a moat of grace around your home & life, contact me.
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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Just Let It Touch

Subsidiary focal points should 'just touch' some foliage.
 It ties the subsidiary focal point to the garden.
 Instead of the subsidiary focal point looking like it landed from Mars.
Was happy to see, above pics, this well sited peacock.
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When I was shooting the pics the owner said, "Touch his head, it moves."
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Yes, this is a bobblehead Peacock.

Garden & Be Well,       XO Tara

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Small Lives Large With Axis + Focal Point

On axis with the doors, below, this tiny space lives large.  It has the potential for 3 more potent axis.
Purring at the formal lines + rusticity of plantings.
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At first I looked too quickly, thinking it was metal chairs.  No.  It's a bike & chair. 
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Don't you want to go inside? 
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That is Vanishing Threshold!
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Don't forget the Landscape Design rule: COPY
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Pics via Modern Country, taken by Shootfactory

Monday, March 12, 2012

Kitchen Lighting

Leaving at dusk last month I could see, from beyond the Ancient Orhcard, these lights, below, on.

 Retro fitted lighting ca. 1880.  The light bulbs mimic gas.
I'm a Landscape Designer & demand every view into your home be fabulous.
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Lighting, window treatments, furniture, art & etc.
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If I can see it from the garden it is within my domain.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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Pic taken at a jobsite last month.  The primitive piece next to the marble island is called a biscuit board.  Never seen one till here.  Wish I had the type of camera to have shot from the garden, past the Ancient Orchard, across the Lawn & into her windows.  Susanne Hudson is helping with interiors.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hammock Humor

Perusing last night, above.  Laughter, amusement, delighted arrogance Puppet Barbuda style.  In reality the hammocks I see are hanging from rusted metal frames, in landscapes devoid of charm, a bare patch of earth below with weeds spreading from the muck, no fringe, a mildew factory, on view from windows inside the home, with not a table in sight for a book & glass of wine, and every mosquito from miles around just waiting for you to alight to gorge on your blood and give you the disease of the day.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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Pic from Janelle McCulloch, & thank you for picturing the answer, "What were they thinking?"