Monthly Archives: February 2012

Salt, Sun, And Wind Oh My!

Three things I love all the time but many plants certainly dont!

This winter  has been hardly a winter for me- I am reminded every morning when I wake up and look out our window. I am so lucky to have the most beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean right from my bed. While we have had very mild temperatures and plenty of sun this year, it’s still too cold to hang out on our deck. To get my green fix during the winter- my Monstera Plant has been keeping me very happy. The large green leaves are so tropical feeling and frame our view to the ocean nicely. The lantern from Ikea is my newest purchase and I can wait to light them up on summer nights!

Spring is first though and all I can ever think about is WHAT AM I GOING TO GROW ON MY DECK! Heres the problem- the deck is a  is a harsh site for growing-constant salt, sun, and wind exposure is great for my summer tanning escapades but hard on plants. So recently I have been exploring the option of Lavander!

One of the Lavandula angustifolias or English lavenders-Munstead Lavender is a fragrant lavender that, due to its short size (about 18 inches) and tightly held blooms (about 8 inches), makes a great border or lush container!  It flowers profusely in the spring, after which a good pruning will provide an attractive gray bush with highly aromatic leaves. Of all the English Lavanders Munstead is the most tolerant of dry hot conditions. The skinny stalk and small leaf surface is perfect for a windy site-any broad-leafed plant material would be ripped to shreds here. Mix with other mid- late summer bloomers and you have a lush, aromatic landscape!

Yay for coastal container gardening!



A taste of winter in NY and a day at the Beach in RI.

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Do you find it strange that the last post I was discussing really really needing a sunset? Well I guess I got the ladder in the past two weekends the weather madness has continued. There was a brief one day blizzard, a day skiing, and a february sunny day at the beach…. I am curious as to what this weekend has in store.

Either way we both got out to enjoy it and hope that you did too.

At holimont (Ellicottville, NY for those of you that do not know), while skiing, I was able to take a few photos. Specifically take a look at the bench shot I took. There is something to be said about integrating design elements into ski hill. Several of these benches were located at various trail segments around the mountain. I was immediately drawn to them, they certainly providing a resting spot for skiers and the style of them fits in perfectly with the surrounding context. I did not however see anyone using them, they seem to be a good photo opportunity but not a space where anyone is going to park themselves to take a break from skiing. The photo of the Adirondack chair although unoccupied in the photo I have posted, proved to be quite the hot commodity at the Apres Ski event at the end of the day.

As for Lisa on the beach in February, well there is not much to say about that other than lucky dog!


Having a “I could really go for a cold beer and great sunset” kind of Day.

Have you noticed something unusual? Well if you haven’t its time to get outside. Today was a sunny day in Rochester. Being inside working away I caught glimpses throughout the day as I moved around the office . The days are getting longer which makes life a bit more enjoyable and I can’t help but think about  summer and spending time on the water. As it is FEBRUARY in Rochester, I would like to say that I am an avid skier. But as of late, these gray, mid 30’s temps haven’t gotten me out to the hill. Still waiting on that perfect snow day…. but then again the sun shinning and mild temperatures I can’t help but feel that summer is right around the corner.

I hope to share with you the Sunday Sunset series… as the spring and summer months begin. There is a distinct path the sun follows every summer. This is no new development, but the progression of the sunsets over the lake from crescent beach (on

bay) is something to be seen. People forget that Rochester is a beautiful place to live. Yes, I said it I think Rochester is a beautiful place to live.

I would love to claim credit for the photos in today’s post…. but I can’t. These were taken by our dad. So at this point I think it is a good time to say thank you from both Lisa and I. Thanks Mom and Dad, you introduced us to the water.

“The relationship that humans have with water is complex, ambivalent, and ever oscillating between too much and too little. Water is the foundation of life. Its energy, healing qualities, light, and meditative inspiration is captivating for us all…..” Designing with Water, by Axel Lohrer

Water as a Design Element.

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