Light/dark, tall/short, happy/sad —  WP blogger Michelle says share a photo that captures a contrast.

CIMG3512London Bridge Topiary.  An Attraction?  You betcha.

Everyone has an opinion regarding topiary. The cheeky collection of garden gossip, Yew and Non-Yew, Gardening for Horticultural Climbers, by James Bartholomew tracks the fashion frenzy of this venerable horticultural art.

The title of his book comes from the British terms ‘U’ and ‘non-U’ ~ terms used to define upper-class and non-upper-class behavior. Bartholomew calls the yew tree the ultimate ‘U’ plant.  He says: “Not all types of topiary are Yew. A tall pyramid or standard is certainly Yew. . . . A peacock or chicken is borderline. . . . A teapot, space rocket, car or telephone . . . is non-Yew.”

Then there’s this guy.  What do Yew think?



Toni 6/27/14




WP Sara’s challenge ~ Share a photo that means layers to you.

Layers can reveal, conceal, and make something more complex. They can vary in size, texture, color, or functionality. Each layer can have its own story, meaning, or purpose. They can overlap, blend, or be distinctly separate. A layer doesn’t have to be a part of a single object but can even be a slice of a multifaceted image or scene.

When I visited London last year, it was all brass polish, bunting and gardeners.  Quite skilled gardeners, hard at work in the Royal Parks.

I saw this five-ton floral sculpture at the Buckingham Palace end of St. James Park, a tribute to the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee. It took five weeks to make, stood more than 12 feet tall and was assembled in Cornwall. 

13,500 individual plants are layered in this replica of the St. Edward’s Crown used during the Queen’s coronation ceremony.CIMG3563

Beneath the Alternanthera, Echeveria, Helichrysum, Sedem, and Sempervivum are layers of supporting steel.

CIMG3564Definitely not DIY.

Toni 11/15/13

Day 15



Mouse over photos or click on any picture to get it fullscreen (and next arrow for other pics) with details. Want to join in the fun? See Sara Rosso’s post to find out how.   http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/weekly-photo-challenge-my-2012-in-pictures/

It’s the close of another year ~ the journey of 2012 was full of milestones, opportunities, and challenges. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.  Seriously good advice from Ferris Bueller.

Shakespeare’s no slouch either, getting right to the nub of the matter in The Tempest.  Antonio utters the phrase ~ the past is prologue. I  take it to mean that the past is a preface to the future, there to help us appreciate the Now and embrace the Next.

New Year’s Eve is a time for looking back to the past, even if it’s not always a perfect storm of pleasures.  What are some of your eureka! moments from 2012?

But more importantly, New Year’s Eve is a time to look forward to the clear-the-decks-batten-down-the-hatches coming year~ and make a New Year’s resolution. What’s yours for 2013?

Toni 12/28/12