March 31, 2020

Planting Dicentra

If you’re a gardener, there’s a lot you can do in your very own yard to keep you busy during this time at home - start cleaning out the garden beds, creating new planting areas, or preparing your outdoor planters. Gardening is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise and still keep within social distancing guidelines.

Not long ago, my gardeners planted dicentra in a patch down behind my chicken coops.
Dicentra, commonly known as bleeding heart, is named for its heart-shaped blossoms that dangle from slender, arching stems. They are easy to care for perennials that thrive in part sun or part shade on well-drained, moist soil.

Enjoy these photos.

March 30, 2020

Uncovering My Long Boxwood Allee

This year’s spring burlap removal project is complete.

Every autumn, for as long as I’ve been gardening, I’ve covered all my boxwood shrubs, various winter-sensitive plants, and outdoor ornamental urns to protect them from the season’s heavy snowfall, freezing temperatures, and damaging winds. And, every spring, when the ground begins to thaw, it’s all removed and stored away. The biggest part of this project is removing the burlap from my long Boxwood Allee. The entire process is a tedious chore, but this year, because we used our new industrial steel ground frames, the task of removing the metal uprights and purlin pipes was easier and more streamlined.

Enjoy these photos.

March 29, 2020

"The Everyday System" from California Closets

During this time at home, if you’re thinking about tackling a big organizing project, I encourage you to consider using the high-quality modular components I designed with California Closets. I’m so excited to be partnering with them on The Everyday System Collection - storage solutions for every space including the home office, the craft room, the pantry, and of course, the closet.

Recently, my nephew, Kirk Christiansen, and his girlfriend, Jen Norman, decided to redo an underutilized walk-in closet in their new home. They worked with California Closets to create a perfect configuration using The Everyday System. All the finishes are inspired by the products I use in my homes. And, because we’ve made the units so easy to install, they can be moved from room to room, or home to home, depending on storage needs over time. For this line, you can also shop the pre-configured system online, or create your own layout using California Closets’ virtual design consultations - a great option, especially during this challenging time. The Everyday System is practical, stylish and best of all, moveable.

Enjoy the photos on this special Sunday blog post.