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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living

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  • 06/26/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Cleome
  • Cleome, Cleome hassleriana: “Spider Flower” Long ago, back in the time of flower power and hippie counterculture, I grew my hair long and lived for a while in a shabby fifth-floor walk-up that had few amenities but was flooded with bright sunshine all day long. That gorgeous light was no doubt responsible for the obvious […]

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    Some people would look at a neglected San Francisco side yard filled with an overgrown ramble of scraggly rose bushes and forsaken calla lilies, and feel intimidated. All that hard-packed clay—will we need a jackhammer to loosen it? Anastasia Sonkin and Taylor Pollack are not those people. The San Francisco–based garden designers and partners in […]

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    Folding camp furniture was considered such a breakthrough invention that in 1893 the Gold Medal Camp Furniture Co. dispatched salesmen from its headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, to travel to Chicago to display its first designs—including a cot and a canvas chair—at the World’s Fair. The furniture was exhibited at the fair to depict “The Angler’s Camp and Its Outfit.” But […]

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  • 06/27/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Coneflower
  • Coneflower, Echinacea: “Prairie Home Companion” When I think of coneflowers I imagine a country hill scattered with flowers, and then I see Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie running between the pretty stalks and brushing through dusty colored grasses. Echinacea really is a quintessential prairie flower so I am not too far off, […]

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    In a city, a front garden may be nothing more than a narrow strip of land to separate a house from the curb. How do you make the most of such a small space? The rationale that UK-based designer Sheila Jack applies to her own small front garden in West London shows that elegance and […]

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    Poison ivy was making enemies as early as the 17th century. Upon discovering it in the New World, Captain John Smith noted in 1623, “The poysoned weed is much in shape like our English Ivy, but being but touched, causeth rednesse, itching, and lastly blisters.” The redness, itching, and blisters are the main reasons that 400 […]

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    In Woodstock, Vermont, potters Zoe and James Zilian of Farmhouse Pottery rely on “simple tools and strong beliefs in process and authenticity” to create beautifully useful objects. Their two-handled ceramic confit jar (available in two sizes) has the perfect proportions to support a summer floral arrangement. An armful of wildflowers would look lovely. So does a […]

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    When greeting card artist Caroline Kent moved to her Sussex cottage in 2010, a local gardener suggested she develop a wildflower meadow on an area of brambly scrubland. For inspiration, she didn’t have far to look. The meadow at Great Dixter in East Sussex, England has been inspiring other gardeners and designers for decades. Some […]

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    Update your summer house—or make your regular house feel more like a summer retreat—with a few well-placed upgrades. This week the Remodelista editors discovered design ideas to create a summer palette. Here are a few of their favorites: Japanese Glassware Meredith discovers Japanese Glassware in Summer Hues from the Primary Essentials. Pink Pendant Light We deconstruct […]

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    In their first flush, allium flowers add to the joyous rite of spring. Although they are overtaken in color and height by midsummer flowers, their striking spherical silhouettes continue to hold their own, nestled among green herbs or the featheriness of fennel. When cut, a semi-spent allium adds weight to an ephemeral summer bouquet. Ornamental […]

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  • 06/29/18--23:00: Current Obsessions: Heatwave
  • Onto July—and the Fourth. Kick back with a cold drink and read up on our latest finds. One of our favorite New York City haunts has been transformed into a garden oasis. Stop in. A Fourth of July DIY. Minimize waste on moving day. Travel obsession: an inn on the English coast, color edition. Michelle […]

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    In the garden July is a month with a split personality: we look back wistfully (at the successes of spring) and forward with trepidation (can this garden be saved, to withstand the August heat that’s ahead). Here are a quick garden fixes that will pay off next month (and in September): Clean Up the Strawberry […]

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    When New York-based designer Fawn Galli’s clients asked for a remodel of their Upper East Side townhouse in Manhattan, the request included the overgrown backyard. The family, avid nature lovers, wanted to spend as much time as possible outdoors during warmer months. Galli teamed with garden designer Lili Herrera to create three distinct “rooms.” The […]

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    Trend alert: Lately we’ve been noticing garden tools, totes, and togs in soothing shades of dark green (mirroring an interior design trend which the Remodelista editors noted recently). Here we’ve rounded up 10 olive garden favorites: See more of our favorite canvas gardener’s tool bags in 10 Easy Pieces: Soft Garden Totes. Stocking up on garden shed […]

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    “A great alternative to gravel, crushed clam or oyster can be used on paths, patios, courtyards, driveways, and even bocce ball courts (the shells don’t hold water or imprints from shoes and balls),” writes Janet As the shells are walked on or driven over, they break into smaller pieces that disperse evenly, creating a stable […]

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    Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia: “Prairie Daisy” Black-eyed Susans are native prairie flowers. If you grew up in Illinois, and your kindergarten teacher said to draw a flower, it is likely that you reached first for a yellow crayon (for the daisy petals) and next for the black (to color in a round center. I drew a […]

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  • 07/03/18--23:00: 10 Easy Pieces: Flagpoles
  • In 1777, the U.S. Continental Congress made an important design decision: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” It’s a color scheme we still honor today. To fly a star-spangled banner on the Fourth of […]

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  • 07/04/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Opium Poppy
  • Opium Poppy, Papaver somniferum The notoriety of Papaver somniferum, the “sleep-inducing poppy,” is only partly to do with its outlaw family. Opium poppies are grown for their edible seeds and for pharmaceutical uses. The type that you see in gardens—whether your own or in the medicinal section of a botanic garden—is the legal relation, not toxic enough […]

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    The plants that grow around a swimming pool landscape can add privacy and create a serene, inviting landscape if you choose wisely. But pool environments are notoriously harsh on plants. A heated pool will raise nearby humidity levels. The reflective surface of the water also intensifies sunlight, and chlorine or chemicals (from splashing) can be a concern. […]

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  • 07/05/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Pencil Cactus
  • Pencil Cactus, Euphorbia tirucalli: “Sticks on Fire” I am not usually a person who throws caution to the wind, but despite the numerous warnings about the toxicity of euphorbia’s latex sap, I still admire and use this striking plant in many of my container designs. Please keep reading to learn why you should still plant […]

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