Ted Cleary of Cleary Design emailed me after the hybrid tea roses article. We are both glad that roses as a landscape “tool” are coming back. Let’s look at one of the easiest ways to use a rose in your Mid-Century Modest landscape: climbers and ramblers. Heck yeah there is more →
Today: A guest post by Marybeth Shea. An avid gardener (born 1960), Marybeth’s two homes over the last 27 years were built in 1945 and 1946: first, a tiny, frame gable-front cape sold even before it was complete to a returning vet, and now a modest center hall colonial, also sold originally to a vet. In this story — the first of several we plan to queue up — she tells us all about hybrid tea roses — iconic flowers from mid-century America.
1996, Somewhere in Suburban Maryland: During the home inspection before we settled on the old brick, center-hall colonial house on a street named for a tree, I stood before three raggedy roses: These sorry but earnest plants grew in the front bed under the right hand window. “Will have to call gran-paw and ask about helping these sad roses.” The roses were inter-planted between what I later determined were forsythia bushes. So squared-off by an electric pruning sheers these forsythia were that they did not bloom until two years later after I let them grow. The electric sheers were left in the garage, an oversight or parting gift? I do not know. I still sometimes mutter, Clue-style, “Professor M. In the front yard. With the electric sheers.”Heck yeah there is more →
It’s that time of year — spring! — and readers are asking for more landscaping ideas. I’m on it, but meanwhile here is a survey of my top 10 stories that speak to dialing up your curb appeal with both plants and hardscaping — from adding roses or geraniums, decorative concrete blocks or trellises, mid mod containers, and more…Heck yeah there is more →
Geraniums are geraniums, right? They come in lipstick hues and bloom like fools all summer. Think again, dear reader, you partly right. But, the name is the thing! What you know as a geranium is really classed as a pelargonium. But you have the color sense down pat. As you read this, I bet you flash on the range of white through pink to red and orange that these flowers come in: apple blossom pink, siren coral, electric watermelon, ruby red, salmon pink, purple-magenta, and more. And, I raise the ante: these darlings in your mind’s eye are potted in a simple serviceable terra cotta pot or set in threes in a white window box.Heck yeah there is more →