Garden

Inspirations, Garden, Color

Chihuly at the New York Botanical Garden

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Breathtaking is one word. Awe-inspiring, another.  Dale Chihuly, an American artist who works with glass,  has created dramatic new pieces inspired by his Artwork Installations of 1975 in Lewiston, NY.  I first saw his work when I lived in Portland.  It's always overwhelming and beautiful and I can't help think, how does he do that? What he does with glass is unbelievable and inspirational.  The New York Botanical Garden always has amazing art exhibits.  They never seem to disappoint.  And this summer is no different.  Chihuly has pieces are scattered throughout the New York Botanical Garden complementing and enhancing.  A wonderful place to escape to during a hot summer in the city.  

Polyvitro Crystals

Polyvitro Crystals

Float Boat

Float Boat

the native garden

the native garden

Koda Study #2

Koda Study #2

Harper in front of the Red Reeds on Logs

Harper in front of the Red Reeds on Logs

There are so many photos I am going to break them up into 2 blog posts.  

Enjoy!

Tracey

Garden, Aprons

Gardening Apron

With summer in full swing are you spending a lot of time in the garden or the yard?  We have a small yard here in Brooklyn but we have a yard which is a big deal in New York City.  I love to garden! I find myself every morning out there to see what has happened overnight.  This year I am planting tomatoes, as usual, but also am trying eggplant and yellow squash.  We have small raised beds about 2 1/2 feet wide.  The heirloom beans did well.  And I am trying tomatoes in pots.  They seem to be doing better than the tomato in the garden.  Also per Harper's request we planted a strawberry plant in a pot.  It seems to be blooming and so far we have harvested 2 strawberries.  Nothing like picking and eating! 

I saw this fabric and thought it would be perfect for a gardening apron.  I love the hand drawn illustrations of the fruits and veggies.  The pockets are double sided for extra sturdiness. 

Cotton webbing ties, cotton webbing loop to hold any tool or towel.  The apron is made of nice medium canvas, easy to wash.  The print is a botanical print that is pencil sketched.

You can find the Will Gardner Apron in my etsy shop.

Happy Gardening!

Tracey

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Garden Trugs

Wherever I have lived I always had a garden.  Even when I lived in a 300 square foot studio in Hells Kitchen Manhattan I had herbs and tomatoes in pots on my fire escape.  I find gardening to be very relaxing.  Reap what you sow.  Do you have a favorite garden tool? This past season I  found I have been putting to good use my garden trug, or as the Brits say "trog".   I purchased mine from William Sonoma last season. I have a very small garden considering I do live in Brooklyn.  So my true serves many purposes. Not just collecting harvest.  I tend to our back garden and I also am responsible for the front area for our coop.  My trug carries my tools, seeds, knee pad and gloves.  Quite handy when I am traveling from the back yard, downstairs, upstairs to the front outside garden area.

I wish I needed another trug because there are some beautiful ones on the market right now. 

From Kaufman Mercantile The Sussex Garden Trug 

The Sussex Garden Trug from Kaufman Mercantile is made in England of sweet chestnut and cricket bat willow wood.  Following a traditional method dating back to the 1600's.  

From Park Seed, made by Joseph Bentley, another form following the traditional round shape.

And finally some samples from the Natural Gardener in the UK. 

Do you use a trug? What is your favorite gardening tool?

Happy gardening!

Tracey

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Frida Kahlo at the NY Botanical Gardens

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Living in New York City for the summer sometimes can feel like living in an oven.  No circulation of air, just steady, hot, sometimes sticky and sometimes stinky air.  The New York Botanical Garden is a welcome reprieve.  Located in the Bronx section of NYC, it is a quick 20 minute trip from Grand Central.  Once at the station all you need to do is cross the street and you are at the garden.  Being this easy is important when traveling with a toddler.  Since April I have been looking forward to this exhibit.  Frida Kahlo makes me feel good and happy.  Food for the soul.

Casa azul

Casa azul

A mock up of Frida and Diego's house, Casa Azul, in Coyocan Mexico.

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a mock up of the casa azul

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Paint supplies

Frida and Diego had a cactus fence outside their home.  Their gardens were a clever combination of native Mexican flora.

Cactus fence

Cactus fence

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Fuzzy brain flower. Love that name.

Fuzzy brain flower. Love that name.

The exhibit goes until November 1.  For more info check out the Botanical Garden's website right here.