April 17, 2014
After a severe and bleak winter, we were finally enjoying some spring-like weather here in the northeast. Cheerful spring flowers were beginning to bloom and there was a fresh spring aroma in the air. We even started to replace some of the storm windows with screens - and then it happened - winter took us by surprise and reappeared, temperatures plunged, and snow fell. It was cold enough to cause some real damage. This is a real shame because after waiting all winter for the cheerful blooms of spring, it's quite sad to see tulips frozen as they were just about to bloom and other flowers zapped from freezing temperatures. Did you experience this, as well?
1 This is what I woke up to yesterday morning.
2 With a good stretch of mild temperatures, all of the burlap coverings had been removed from shrubbery.
3 I never anticipated a snowfall like this in the middle of April.
4 A blanket of heavy snow covered everything!
5 Snow on boxwood pulls the branches apart.
6 The sun was on its way up, but the temperatures were below freezing.
7 The sentiments of everyone - enough is enough!
8 This boxwood was splayed by heavy, icy snow! This was April 16th - please!!!!!!!
9 Last November I would have told you how pretty this looked.
10 The sun was attempting to break over the cold horizon, hopefully to melt this unfortunate snow.
11 The sun inched over the horizon.
13 Hopefully, the boxwood will not have broken under the cruel weight of this icy snow. This is why we wrap all the shrubs so diligently and unwrap them after threat of snow has passed!
14 And to think that in just a few days this table will be set with the Easter repast? Burr!
15 The zigzag shape of this boxwood is pronounced covered in snow.
16 A few hours later, things looked much the same.
17 It remained too cold for the snow to melt quicly.
18 The grass was getting so green - where is it?
19 So many plants were coming up in the beds beneath the long pergola.
20 The large cast iron fire pit was placed in its summer location on the big lawn.
21 The big lawn stretches from the corn crib to the pin oak allee.
22 Looking back towards the house
23 Fortunately, most of the long daffodil border had not yet bloomed.
24 Hopefully, with the freezing temperatures, the buds will still unfurl and bloom.
25 The new Summer House garden
26 Looking towards the herbaceous peony bed and my house beyond
27 The miniature donkeys are not keen about snow.
28 On days like this, they'd rather be in the stable.
29 My home across the paddock
30 One of my big boys
31 The allee of linden - Any crocuses blooming here are certainly frozen.
32 A couple of survivors - a grape hyacinth and chionodoxa
33 The raised beds in the vegetable garden were being formed.
34 Once the sun was high enough, the snow melted from surfaces rapidly.
April 16, 2014
Hannah Milman, our Crafts Editorial Director, would like to share the following blog.
I recently attended the book launch and gallery opening for Joseph Ari Aloi’s Sketches, Tattoos, Drawings, Paintings, and Objects at Diesnt + Dotter, an art and antique gallery in New York City specializing in Scandinavian art and antiques from Baroque to present day. Jill Diesnt, the proprietor of the gallery worked closely with Jospeh Ari Aloi to create an inspiring experience for the show including an exclusive collaboration in which Joseph painted directly on the wall of the gallery. Joseph’s distinct tattoo/graffiti style made for an interesting juxtaposition commingling with Jill’s expertly curated Scandinavian pieces. Signed copies of Joseph’s book are available at Dienst + Dotter. You can see all of Joseph’s work by clicking here.
1 Dienst + Dotter is an art and antique gallery curated by proprietor Jill Dienst.
2 The gallery is located in NOHO at 411 Lafayette Street in New York City. For hours and more information call: 212 861-1200
3 This is David Mashburn - graphic designer for Joseph’s new book, artist Joseph Ari Aloi - AKA JK5, and Jill Dienst - owner of Dienst + Dotter.
4 Joseph Ari Aloi’s tattooed hands
5 From the sidewalk, you can see the hand-painted collaboration between Joseph Ari Aloi and gallery owner Jill Dienst, who lovingly calls it "a gift."
6 This is Joseph Ari Aloi’s new book, titled Sketches, Tattoos, Drawings, Paintings, and Objects published by Rizzoli New York.
7 Joseph Ari Aloi’s grafiti-tyle artwork and Jill Dienst’s Scandanavian antiques make a nice juxtaposition.
8 Joseph’s newest book is on display beneath a beautiful antique penny farthing.
9 Kevin Sharkey, Executive Director of Decorating for Martha Stewart Living and Kate Berry, Creative Director of Martha Stewart Weddings
10 Kate Berry, engaged in conversation with Dan Dienst, CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
11 This is an assemblage from Nine to The Power of Three Show, Tokyo 2003.
12 There were stacks of limited edition silk screened prints to shuffle through.
13 Only twenty of these prints were available the night of the event. This artwork was also used on the cover of the new book.
14 Jill always has the most beautiful and interesting antiques on display in her shop.
15 This is Dan Dienst’s very apropo leather jacket.
16 A selection of Joseph Ari Aloi’s sketchbooks
17 I loved this Swedish Rococo chandelier circa 1750.
18 This is an antique painted suitcase filled with more of JK5’s sketches, artwork, and tattoo designs.
19 This large platter is filled with Joseph Ari Aloi’s ‘Flowbots’ designed for KidRobot surrounded by his books and sketches.
20 This is an amazing selection of Joseph's hand-drawn tattoos. His medium revolves around tattoo art and graffiti styles.
21 Such beautiful detail
22 This is Chad Murawczyk, founder of Min New York and Mindy Yang, President of Min New York, a haute perfumery, apothecary, and atelier.
23 Antiques expert Leslie Keno, Jill Dienst, and Joseph Ari Aloi
24 These are three originals that were printed in Joseph’s new book - From left: The Hunter and The Hunter, The Night Could Be My Eyelids, and The Sand is Quick!
25 A page from Joseph’s new book Sketches, Tattoos, Drawings, Paintings, and Objects. This page is from his sketchbook.
26 These are sketches and drawings displayed in an antique American cabinet - among them Star Wars Galaxy 4 Topps Artist Series.
27 Steven Learner - Founder and Creative Director of Collective 2, Jill Dienst, photographer Douglas Friedman, Kevin Sharkey, and Kate Berry
April 15, 2014
Finally, after a long and drawn out winter, the snow has all melted and the early spring blooming flowers are sharing their refreshing beauty. Here's a bit of spring color to cheer you!
1 Color is arriving at the boxwood allee.
2 First to bloom here are light purple crocus.
3 My honeybees are active, I'm happy to see.
4 The bees are hungry for nectar after a long winter.
5 I really enjoy naturalizing early spring bloomers in the lawn, like these dark purple crocus. They just brighten up the place.
6 Small early bloomers are well-suited to lawns because they grow about the same height as the grass.
7 If the grass needs to be mowed before the foliage browns, I instruct the crew to just mow around these bulbs, as the foliage replenishes the bulb for next year. These crocus have really multiplied over the years!
8 This group of scilla has really spread, as well.
9 I really love these masses of sweeping color in the spring.
10 These fritillaria are getting ready to bloom.
11 A grouping of white crocus.
12 These have bright yellow centers.
13 This small flower is a species type of tulip.
14 These tiny starry flowers are Chionodoxa and I love their rich blue color. These diminutive bulbs produce some of the clearest blues in all of horticulture.
15 But chionodoxa also comes in shades of pink.
16 This is what it looks like before the flowers open.
17 Another type of pink chionodoxa
18 The daffodil border that stretches along Maple Avenue has been growing rapidly.
19 A bulb pushes through the earth with so much energy.
20 Looking back in the other direction
21 It won't be long before we're blessed with cheerful daffodils!
22 This is one of several tree peonies in my collection. Unlike herbaceous peonies, which die back to the ground in autumn, tree peonies remain standing through winter.
23 The tree peonies have many flower buds this year!
24 A purple, white, and yellow crocus
25 A stunning variegated crocus
26 And a pure white crocus
27 Beneath this boxwood and multiplying nicely are 'Natascha' miniature iris.
28 A closeup of this beautiful bloom - It looks like someone hand-painted the petals.
29 Snowdrops are another great flower to plant en masse.