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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Wish You Were Here

You and me both. Still buried under snow and ice here at my Hamptons Garden.  Temperatures hovering around 32 degrees.  Freezing rain on its way according to weather forecasts.  So I thought it would be nice to mentally transport myself to the warm, sunny days I spent in Florence, Italy a few years ago.  

Here's a Waterlogue version of a photo I took at the Bardini Gardens which is one of the oldest gardens in Florence. The beautiful purple irises illuminated by the sun looked gorgeous running along the stone stairway. I can almost feel the sun on my back. Hope this picture helps warm you up a bit too today.

For more on this garden, check out my garden tour gallery: Bardini Garden Photos.



Snow Day

Evergreens look gorgeous flocked in white.
Kousa dogwood coated in new snowRemember when the term "snow day" was an exciting proclamation.  No school, crawling back into bed, afternoons playing in the snow, tomato soup and grilled cheese for lunch. But as an adult, snow days are not always that fun.  Today is another snow day here in the Hamptons.  My business projects will be delayed.  My dinner with friends cancelled.  No crawling back into bed before the sidewalks are shoveled and the dogs walked.

The large snowflakes are pretty as they fall this morning, but they just add another layer of white to the foot of snow already covering the ground.  It's been weeks since I've seen my lawn.  Many shrubs are distorted and weighted to the ground under the heavy accumulation.  The icy driveway makes the uphill drive to the car park a real challenge.  Snow days are not so much fun anymore.

Now that the sidewalks are clear and the pups have been out, maybe I'll crawl back into bed with a good book only to get up for a lunch of hot soup and a cheesy panini

Haven't seen my lawn in weeks.


Watercolor Wednesdays

With the help of a new iPad app named Waterlogue,  I can now transform my ordinary garden photos into charming impressionistic watercolor images.  As beautiful as photographs may be, there's something more special and mysterious about watercolor paintings.  Great watercolors often resemble candid snapshots where just the essence of the subject matter is distilled into brushstrokes.  Waterlogue does that to my pics without having me dip my brush into paint.

I do admit that it does feel like cheating.  I was never a really good painter (even after adolescent art lessons).  However, I've started to gain confidence as a photographer.  Now with Waterlogue, I can remake my favorite photos and be the "painter" I've always romanticized about being. 

I'm not a techie so I won't even begin to decipher the mechanics behind this photo alteration. But I am anxious to explore all the unique opportunities this technology provides.  I can craft beautiful screensavers, personal greeting cards, gift tags and even artwork "suitable for framing".  

I think I'll dedicate Wednesdays to showcasing watercolor treatments of some of my favorite Hamptons garden photographs.  Here's a few before-and-afters to kick things off.  Hope you enjoy.

 Sweet Black-eyed Susan growing on the New York High Line



Sailboat on Georgica Pond



'Nikko Blue' hydrangeas in my Hamptons garden

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