Get Your Hands Dirty!

Snowdrops in January!

Always an early bloomer (and a welcome sight), we spotted these confused little Snowdrops poking through the ivy in January! Part of the Amaryllis family, “Galanthus” translates to “milk-white flower” in Latin and is a worthwhile investment to any garden. Planted in large clusters, snowdrops have a dramatic effect and you won’t have to worry about deer or rodents getting to them.

Here at Jean Brooks Landscapes, we use Snowdrops in rock gardens, under trees and shrubs, in lawns, or along woodland paths. Maybe you’ve passed on them in the past for their simplicity but there are actually over 75 varieties of Galanthus so think again. You will be richly rewarded…

After a long New England winter, nothing matches the excitement of getting a glimpse of the first flower which is more likely than not, a sweet little snowdrop.

 

 

 

 

New Orleans in November!

On a recent trip to NOLA, we snapped these shots of some of the lush, local landscapes. Ferns make a great hanging plant. They have a long season from early Spring to late Fall. Very hearty, yet graceful, they give a historic Southern charm to any balcony or porch. They love the sun but can also survive in a shady area.

 

 

Check out this Ipomoea purpurea or purple morning glory!

We also couldn’t resist a visit to this parterre garden which is something we are very familiar with up here in New England at Jean Brooks Landscapes. Check out some of our very own versions (http://jeanbrookslandscapes.com/garden-type/country-estates/) of this French-style design which translates to “orchestra” or lower level, close to the ground. This very tame, formal style originated in 15th century Renaissance chateaus such as Versailles. The tightly compartmentalized garden strongly contrasts the lush and wild balconies of New Orleans but who can resist either type!

Fall Foliage

This is a Sourwood tree.  There are two on Mass. Ave in Harvard Square.  They have amazing fall color!

Sourwood (Oxydendron) is a nice, small, native tree with long panicles of pretty bell-shaped flowers and has vivid red fall foliage.

Keep your eyes open for them. Your eyes will thank you!

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jblSHED

Didn’t make it to Brimfield this year? Don’t fret- jblSHED is stocked with Jean’s selection of antique garden furniture and ornaments. The items you find at “Shed” are certain to give your garden the enchantment or whimsy it needs to bring it from garden to gAHHHHHden.

Here are some pieces we’ve used to glam up our gardens…

The iron urns add an elegance and look right at home amongst the bird bath and bench in the parterre.

This terracotta tile was found on site and salvaged as a detail in this brick wall. White pine cone finials, are used as accents in the stairway. And an old iron lantern is hung from a tree and re-purposed as a birdhouse.

These are the types of pieces you will find at jblSHED. So come visit Jean’s “Shed” at 875 Main Street in Cambridge. http://jeanbrookslandscapes.com/antiques/

Kudos to Containers

We LOVE these containers at Boston’s Old South Church that we saw today. Check out these unusual plantings including the horn-shaped “datura arborea”. Kudos to the visionary behind this design!