Rooted in Spring

tsg-planters-16Spring planting season is so close we can almost smell the freshly tilled soil. In the meantime, we are getting our flora fix by starting plants indoors in a variety of vessels and incorporating the bulbs and blossoming buds into our decor. The result is so refreshing we might have a hard time parting with them when it’s time for them to leave the nest, though the silver lining of the soon-to-come outdoor splendor will more than make up for the loss. tsg-planters-17Glazed vessels in natural colors have major indoor/outdoor appeal. The pottery above from The Mews would be perfect for holding branches of forced blooms while we wait for the trees to catch up.


Silver cups, salt cellars, and julep cups like the sterling one available from Friend & Company above are excellent homes for herbs and other starters. Feel free to skip the polish – a little bit of tarnish only enhances the natural look.

tsg-planters-6Plants in traditional terra cotta pots are gorgeous grouped together. Playing with different sizes and heights and creates visual interest and lets the natural shape and beauty of the vegetation shine. Living Green has tons of pots available to help you achieve this look.

tsg-planters-2tsg-planters-1Starting herbs in kitchen staples like a lion head soup bowl available from The Happy Cook is a delicious way to help the plants come full circle.

tsg-planters-9tsg-planters-8Classic white jugs arranged in a group or placed in a row along a windowsill or side table look oh so pretty. We love the worn look of the one on the left, available from Table Matters, and the elegant simplicity of the water jug with handles on the right, available from The Plant Gallery.

tsg-planters-13tsg-planters-12Vessels with a bit of texture play nicely off of bulbs, shrubs, and any type of foliage. The two-toned jug from Roxie Daisy (top), olive jars from Red Onion (left), and hand-thrown and hand-glazed pot from Nest are plant-ready perfection.


Radiant Orchids

jan roden2014′s color of the year may come and go, but its inspiration will always remain a classic. Delicate, subtle, elegant, and exotic, orchids transcend trends. And with so many different types to choose from, even the pickiest among us can find a favorite. We’re partial to lady’s slippers (how could we resist a feathery, easy to cultivate variety that also happens to be named after footwear?), but you cannot go wrong with whichever you choose to adorn your tabletops or add to a bouquet.

tsg-orchid-3The weight and sheen of the footed vessel from And George provide a perfect counterbalance to the near weightlessness of the flower. The beautiful contrast is also evident in Proenza Schouler’s orchid-inspired necklace from their Spring 2014 line.

tgs-orchid-8While orchids have been the subject of myths and ascribed various meanings for centuries, they can take on a decidedly modern feel, such as in the above arrangement by Avant Garden and the Peter Pilotto dress, available from Capitol.


tsg-orchid-9Tommy Mitchell’s painted creations perfectly illustrate why orchids are regarded as emblems of beauty and luxury. Similar works are available from South.


Orchids add texture and interest to arrangements due to their symmetry and unexpected shape. We’d love to catch the above bouquet, created by Holly Heider Chapple Flowers. If the runways are any indication, the graphic green orchid scarf from Marissa Collections and Art Deco amethyst and diamond jabot pin from Simon Teakle are ideal accessories for those who want to look chic this spring.


tsg-orchid-11Pairing an ethereal orchid with a more earthly planter can add just the right yin and yang feel to a room or arrangement. Antique faux bois planters, like the ones above from Garden Variety Design, are perfect for creating this look. Likewise, the rustic Belgian ironstone vessel from Acres Home and Garden and antique quarried and carved coquina planters from Revival are gorgeously weathered and would provide just the right anchor to the floating flower.

{Images via Pinterest and featured businesses}





Autumn Gardening


{Photo courtesy of Lambert’s}

Contrary to popular belief, cold weather does not herald the end of the planting season. In fact, as Dallas-based landscape architectural firm Lambert’s reminds us, this is an excellent time to plant and prepare for spring. The ground is not yet frozen, and newly planted trees and shrubs can get their roots established now that the stress of summer heat is no longer an issue. It’s also a perfect time to dig large trees and shrubs, which are going into a dormant period.

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{Photos of winter pots from Pinterest}

In addition to planting and digging, now is a good time to winterize your garden. To that end, Lambert’s provides this useful checklist for after the initial winter chill:
- Container Care: After the first killing frost, pull out spent annuals and pitch them into the compost pile. Scrub pots with a stiff bristle brush and store them in the garage or garden shed.
- Maintain Trees: Wrap the trunk of young trees in burlap to shield the tender bark from sunscald.
- Don’t Over-prune: Resist the urge to cut everything back. Perennials left standing provide architectural interest, plus habitat and food for birds. Of course, if plants are diseased, discard them, but otherwise let nature take its course.

Whether you’re looking for an excuse to get outside or simply miss tending to your plants, bundle up and enjoy helping your garden grow.

Lambert’s // Dallas, TX // 214.350.8350


Fall Flowers

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Roost Flowers and Design // Virginia Beach, VA

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The Perfect Petal // Denver, CO

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Tourterelle Floral Design // Charlottesville, VA


Gorgeous & Green

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“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which it’s loveliness arises.”
- Pedro Calderon de la Barca


1. Perfectly manicured lawn from Richmond’s Cartwright Landscaping is dependent on not using straw. In their words:

“By using straw to grow what you hope will be your beautiful new lawn, you are setting yourself up for failure. Straw is a weed the germinates as seen in this album cover. Its base is thick and unsightly and will stick out readily in a nice rescue grown grass. Don’t use straw. Instead, use premium topsoil/organic, nutrient-rich compost mix when growing grass in bare areas. The topsoil’s weight holds the seed in place and the make-up of the compost being granular allows the seed to healthily root in soft soil. Topsoil alone will not work as it hard packs when watered and will not enable healthy rooting of new grass.”

2. Take a look at this magnificent specimen mesquite Desert Star Construction was able to salvage from a new home site. Based in Phoenix, AZ, this expert building company continues to prove their commitment to environmentally conscious choices that we believe in.

3. Adaptive reuse of an old train station via Tyson Geary Interiors.

(First two images, courtesy of Cartwright Landscaping and Kip Dawkins photography.)


One Last Summer Look: Window Boxes


As we bid Summer farewell, we thought we’d share some enchanting shots taken of elaborate window boxes from the cottages located on the island of Nantucket. We love how old-fashioned they feel, and how varied they can be. It’s such a concise way for the gardener to express themselves. Enjoy.

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Go practical: grow your herbs and lettuce in your window box.

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Angelonias, part of the Snapdragon family, are very heat and humidity tolerant. They begin flowering after planted in the late spring and will fully bloom until frost begins in the fall

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Caladiums, either heart or arrow shaped, are a breeze to grow and strive for well drained soil as well as filtered sun light or shade.

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Succulents outside of a shop; such a different choice! So chic.


Happy weekend!