I woke this morning with an idea for a blog post, grabbed a notebook to jot it down. I happened to have a notebook sitting on top of my half emptied suitcase, next to the bed. You never know when ideas are going to visit or just as quickly leave, so jotting them down on whatever is handy is a good idea. Old envelopes work nicely or if you're in the car look for a grocery receipt, or a bank deposit slip.
So there I was sitting in bed writing a note when Michael, who had an earlier than usual day, walked back in to say goodbye. I have to tell you, I was feeling a slight embarrassment...he loves to tease me about being addicted to blogging and there I was caught in the act at 6 am writing notes for a post. Sometimes I feel like a little kid who has been caught sneaking cookies from the cookie jar. It's a pretty tasty cookie and there really isn't any punishment. Maybe it's the puritan DNA...I am feeling too good!
In case your curious and asking yourselves what ever in the world was she jotting down at 6 AM? Well, I was thinking about James David's garden...he is a master of using textural, sculptural and architectural elements.
This is a distant view of his very clever trellis. The bases are large concrete columns with rusted poles for plant support. Rusted metal and concrete are used throughout the garden to great effect. This closeup shows the trellis in greater detail. This is one element I would love to be able to incorporate at chez cedar place. I love concrete and rusted metal. Classic style with a modern twist or modern style with a classic twist?
This planting is fabulous. Forgive me if I am too enthusiastic but what I love is the simplicity AND the sophistication all in one. I think this is an element that many of us can use...on a less grand scale in my garden certainly. He elevates this simple pot to sculpture with the addition of the agave and the stone pedestal.
Line is another element that caught my eye.
I don't know if the bamboo is groomed to show its form or naturally sheds its lower 'leaves', but it is stunning.
One architectural plant with strong vertical line with the less attractive quality of smelling of rotten meat is the Voodoo lily. Correct me if that's the wrong name but don't you think voodoo is perfect? It uses its 'fragrance' to attract flies.
I know there was color in his garden but what I am keenly aware of is texture: rusted metals, stone, concrete, out buildings, pools and plantings.
It was a stunning garden...