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Cross Pollinators Ride Again!

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

For several years now our very good friend Dustin Gimbel of Second Nature Garden Design has been throwing these great dinners he has dubbed Cross Pollinators.  My husband and I hosted one last year blogged about by Denise at A Growing Obsession.  The idea is to get together like-minded garden geeks who may or may not know each other  to come together for a wonderful evening.  The first one started off with maybe 12 people.  Last night’s I think there was more like 35 or 40.  Good thing Dustin’s garden has grown and evolved and I thought you might like to see it.  I was tripping over myself to get photos and had serious garden envy.  If you only knew what the neighborhood looked like just outside the gate…

 

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Since last year Dustin put up a ficus hedge so the house is now completely hidden.  Now when you walk into the garden from the decidedly urban street in Long Beach it resides on, this is what you are greeted by.  Whoa!

 

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These are balls made of hyper-tufa he made himself.  We had a great time one day making hyper-tufa in the garage…not as easy as you’d think (but here’s a link to a YouTube video in case you wanted to try…it’s fun).

 

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Continuing down the path to the backyard, these are old Gainey Pots that Dustin secured to metal poles.  He is one clever boy.  They look great dancing above the other foliage.

 

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Dustin (dead center) greeted everyone in his usual warm and wonderful way and had them wear name tags which I very much appreciated.  It was also a potluck which made it a bit easier on him and good fun for the guests to get to try different things.

 

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I immediately had to start shooting pictures because the light was fading and I was salivating to see all the new things he had done.  This is a wall he put up a few years back that’s grown to include the corner and also the lovely reflecting pond below and further acts to frame all sorts of views in the garden (as you will see).

 

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On the other side of the wall, Dustin used some balls he bought at Target, made a silicone mold and created all the concrete versions of it as art pieces.  I also like how he’s leaned old mirrors to reflect other angles of the garden (including me in the left one!)

 

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These are little Hyper-Tufa ball pots he made.

 

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And here is one of my favorite plantings of all time that just gets better and better as the years go on.

 

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Here’s the view back through the wall.  Isn’t it great how these cut outs frame things?

 

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And here’s my favorite thing ever…the seating area behind that wall.  The vine is Aristilochia gigantea (I believe) and is one of the most stunning things I’ve ever seen.  Painting the wall Mauve was genius.

 

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By the garage were the raised beds, and some where back there he also has beehives.  If you could just see this neighborhood outside these walls!  Why didn’t I take that picture?  I know there’s a liquor store on the corner with a drunk guy and a brown paper bag…

 

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Another interesting/odd element to the garden was this giant yellow tree.  Dustin had wanted to get rid of it as it was taking up valuable real estate in his garden but then got this idea to make it a piece of sculpture.

 

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And as the evening fell to night, that yellow tree really came to life.

 

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All in all, it was one heck of a party and one heck of a garden.  And this was not meant to make you jealous (though you should be jealous of Dustin’s garden), but hopefully it will inspire you to throw your own Cross Pollinator’s Party.  I wanna see pictures!

“That’s So Potted” Finalists

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

So here they are!  Please go to our Facebook Page to cast your “likes” for your favorite photo and help us select this year’s winner of the “That’s So Potted” contest.

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1. Susanna

 

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2. Laura

 

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3. Barbara

 

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4. Cindy

 

“That’s So Potted” Week 4 Entries

Friday, June 28th, 2013

So here are the entries for the Final week of our “That’s So Potted” Contest.  We couldn’t help ourselves and let 6 go through this week. Stay tuned next week for the Finalist Voting and then the Winner!

Here they are in no particular order:

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1. Laura

 

 

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2. Kay

 

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3. Jeff

 

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4. Sarah

 

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5. Terri

 

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6. Dennis

 

Dwell on Design 2013

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

So this year’s Dwell on Design is off to a great start.  We have teamed with our favorite furniture company Fermob to co-host a booth with them in the outdoor area along with the  Southern California Chapter of the APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers) whom Fermob so generously lent their beautiful furniture to for their free landscape design consultations.  Here are some highlights of the show:

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This started off a little shaky since we weren’t able to even begin decorating our booth until after 3pm on Thursday.

 

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But by 5pm we had really made some headway. The tile pavers from Concrete Collaborative were what held us up, but they were so pretty we had to forgive them.

 

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We finished around 9pm and were very pleased with ourselves (okay, sounds a little cocky but at that point we were so exhausted we had to be). Because not only had we done our booth, we had also decorated the outdoor patio for Living Home’s absolutely stunning C6 Prefab Home but we weren’t allowed to start that until 4:30pm!!!!!

 

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Here’s the main seating area with a vintage bench and two Sixties Chairs from Fermob.

 

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A Sixties Table with a new “Midnight” Nantucket Series from Petersen Pottery.

 

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And here we used a Rust City Planter by the front door with our Plexi Numbers.

 

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Also for the show we used the plexi idea for these letters on a Limited Edition White City Planter in our Booth.  Thought it was cute.  What do you think?

 

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But for us the biggest thing has been the introduction of our newest color on the Circle Pot…Chartreuse!  And the giant rebar tree we put it in was kind of a show stopper too.

 

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Besides our booths, other favorites were BKB Ceramics from Joshua Tree who have also ventured out into the amazing blue tile seen above (and their pots are the photos above that).

 

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These super cute Seedling “Boats” by Orta Kitchen Garden.

 

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Lisa Neimeth Ceramics…which we’ve carried and loved.

 

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These gorgeous vases by Sara Paloma.

 

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The super sexy, textured work of Josh Herman Ceramics who we fell in love with last year.

 

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Sunbrella was there promoting their beautiful colors and lines.  My cushions have been out for over 5 years now and I never bring them in and they are still going strong.  Rock on, Sunbrella!

 

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These chairs were stunning and we hope to be carrying them soon.  Super comfortable!

 

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Modfire had some great new additions including this amazing riveted Modfire and their new Astrofire.

 

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The center outdoor area was great, designed by Shades of Green and built by Form LA.

 

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And these beautiful “Meadows” created by John Greenlee.

There is so much to see and do, I have to stop.  Dwell on Design goes through tomorrow so there’s still time to go.  Get over there!

“That’s So Potted” Week 3 Entries

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Here are the entries for Week 3 for our “That’s So Potted” Contest.  If you have an entry that you’re dying to get in, the last chance to do so will be June 27th.  For all the rules and information check out our blog post here.

 

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1. Linda

 

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2. Candice

 

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3. Brad

 

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4. Nanda

 

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5. Susanna

 

“That’s So Potted” Week 2 Entries

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Here are the Week 2 entries in no particular order.  Please go to our Facebook Page and “like” your favorite and help them get on their way to being a finalist in our “That’s So Potted” Contest where they could win a $500 shopping spree at Potted.  If you’d like to enter, please check out all the rules and deadlines here.

 

Week 2 Entries 1

1. Guida

Week 2 Entries 2

2. Candy

Week 2 Entries 3

3. Andrew

Week 2 Entries 4

4. Timothy

Week 2 Entries 5

5. Cindy


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