Garden Wisdom

"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.."  -Alfred Austin



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Jeff, Gardener in Chief

Contrary to popular opinion, some people in the Hamptons enjoy getting their hands dirty. I'm a self-taught gardener in East Hampton, NY that enjoys sharing my gardening experiences and inspiration with others. Hope you enjoy my blog and galleries.

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Mystery Rose

Recently, I guided a friend on a tour through my garden and came across the subject of this Wednesday's watercolor.  This rose was in full bloom on my garden shed.  As we stopped to admire, I couldn't remember the plant's proper name.

The blossoms have small, single white petals and gold stamens.  It is a healthy plant and blooms well even without a ton of sun.  It blooms only once in mid-summer, but the leaves stay green thoughout the season.  The fragrance is light.  It has been well-mannered and, after many years, the longest canes are only about 12 feet long.  I think it could be a rambler.  At one time, I thought it was named Mermaid, but have since determined that the blooms of mine are too white and too small.  If you think you might know its name, please share. 

Whatever its name, this mystery plant makes a nice garden rose and a pretty picture. 


2014 Hamptons Garden Tours

A cottage garden on ARF tour last year

I'm back after a blogging hiatus.  Things got a little busy this spring and what free time I've had lately has been spent sprucing up my own Hamptons garden.

However, I wanted to quickly post the upcoming garden tours in the Hamptons.  The first one up is next weekend: Parish Art Museum's Landscape Pleasures.  Saturday morning there will be a symposium at the new Parish Art Museum featuring talks from landscape architects and designers.  On Sunday, a self-guided tour will allow garden enthusiasts to explore five notable gardens, including fashion designer Tory Burch's Southampton estate. The well-known Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack will also be open for this tour.  For more information and tickets, click here.

Next up will be the annual ARF Garden tour on June 21st, featuring six gardens in the East Hampton Springs area.  Esteemed Hamptons landscape designer, Edwina von Gal, will open up here own garden for this year's tour.  For more information and tickets on this tour, click here.

Later in the summer, August 23, The Guild Hall "The Garden As Art" tour will present six gardens in East Hampton and North Haven.  The morning before the tour, a panel discussion at Guild Hall will explore the changing definition of a perfect garden as gardeners rely less on chemicals and more on ecologically smart garden design and methods. Click here for information and tickets.

These all sound exciting and I'll post pics of these tours later.



A Colorful Composition

This Waterlogue image is of a pansy orchid.  I shot the original photograph at the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show last spring.  With their vibrant, clear colors, most orchids make great subject matters for this watercolor treatment.  

I probably won't make it to the Orchid Show this year which is currently open until April 21st. However, I do have quite a few additional photographs from last year's show that I think will make nice Waterlogue art.  I'll share more orchid images later.


If you missed my earlier introduction to Waterlogue, clich HERE.