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Someone came in the night and rummaged my car for valuables.  Left behind in the items on the floor were work gloves, a measuring tape, and hand pruners.  Obviously, the robber was not a pruning man. Here, at Gardens to Love, June is the month for detail pruning.  The shearing was finished last month and now it’s time for the details.  The little things like dead heading roses, cutting back spring flowering perennials, and shaping shrubbery with individual cuts, removing heavy lower limbs on ornamental trees is what we do for the June Prune. Our field manager, Marc Creamer, is a proud pro at pruning.  He can take a hopeless blob of a plant and prune it into a sculpted delight.  Give us a call and ask for Marc’s talent if you’ve got pruning to be...

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Garden nooks are great places for dreaming. In fact, gardens as a whole, are wonderful places to experience flights of fancy, unlock your childlike sense of wonder, and get curious about the magic of Mother Nature. I’m the kind of person who saves and reads old magazines.  In my collection, I have old issues of Country Life Magazine from the 1980’s that I reread every winter with delight at the stories and wonder at the property prices. And I pay close attention to the gardens featured and garden nooks that beckon from every decade. I have a 30 year collection of Gourmet magazines that are a fascinating mirror on contemporary life in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, and that includes the recipes! Here at the office we have stock piles of old Horticulture, Garden Design and Gardens Illustrated that we refer to when we get stuck on a design or planting combination conundrum. And that we use for inspiration and ideas because knowing what’s worked historically is the path to being able to innovate for today. As I recently curled up on my window seat with weekend reading, I browsed thru an old New York Times Style magazine.  Stanley Marcus and his creation of the shopping mecca Neiman Marcus was the feature.  Mr. Marcus was said to have created not just a place to shop, but a place to dream.  Here, at Gardens to Love, we endeavor to do the same.  We like to create nooks for seating, lawns for children to play, views to enjoy, and a place for you to dream. Here are five garden nooks you are sure to love, it’s time to unleash your imagination and inner dreamer. Garden Nooks Are Where Hummingbirds Hover… Anyplace in your garden where hummingbirds hover is an ideal place to create a nook. Add a bench or a couple of outdoor chairs, perhaps it’s as simple as two stumps. Time lost watching hummingbirds is time reclaimed from busy. Garden Nooks Are Where Succulent Strawberries Grow… Wherever you enjoy an edible, like strawberries in the garden, is the perfect place to create a garden nook. Just add a blanket to sit on and relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor, literally! Garden Nooks Are Where You’ll Find Me on a Swing… Got a place for a swing in your garden? Then you’ve got a glorious garden nook, perfect for reading, napping, or swinging with a friend. Garden nooks are defined more by their function and feeling than by their architecture. Garden Nooks Are Often Where Bridges Will Lead You… Bridges in a garden don’t have to be over water, but instead can simply lead you to a garden nook....

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Mexico is all about color, and there is no better place to see an exuberance of garden colors. On my recent visit to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, I arrived just in time for the Candelaria. It’s the celebration of the end of one lunar cycle and the beginning of the next. It is also known as Candlemas or Presentation of the Lord, or Presentation of Christ in the Temple, and is celebrated in Mexico as Día De La Candelaria. The holiday commemorates Mary’s visit to the Temple in Jerusalem 40 days after the birth of Christ. Celebrations in Mexico are always joyous and colorful and this is sort of like Chinese New Year and the Chelsea Flower Show all together, with an exuberance of garden colors. The park is filled with plantings, plants and flowers for sale, colorful garden tools, glorious containers, and people enjoying the show. Garden colors are in abundance. If you love sedums and echo aria this is the market for you! The variations in texture are captivating. I love this booth, it’s all about the exuberant garden colors. Even ordinary flowers take on a showy look when gathered in such an array of garden colors and textured greens. This fanciful pruning of some very standard and plain Japanese Boxwood makes me smile. Just strip the stems of foliage until you get a poodle top. Kinda fun! I have always loved my trips to Mexico and particularly San Miguel de Allende. I sold a house that I enjoyed there last year and turned right around and bought another property. I’ll be renovating the studio that belonged to late Canadian figure skater and painter, Toller Cranston.  He was considered revolutionary on ice and was nicknamed the “Nuryev” of the ice. It’s going to be an exciting project! Save...

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This is the perfect time of year to be focused on ways to add garden WOW factor. And this close to Valentine’s Day, do it with love! Whether you have an intimate patio garden or courtyard to design, or acres of lush rolling hills to landscape, when you add garden WOW factor, it becomes a special place to enjoy time. And, as always, the team here at Marcia Weber Gardens to Love is delighted to provide dream garden and landscape designs, ideal installations, and stress free maintenance for all of your outdoor living needs. Here are my “5 Ways to Add Garden WOW Factor with Love.” #1 Focus on the part that is most important to you and your family. Don’t let a big area overwhelm you. When you complete gardening goals in smaller stages you’ll keep up your momentum and avoid overwhelm. Divide your landscape into several parcels and tackle each one with a plan that excites you and delivers a result you are proud of. #2 Have at least 5 plants that you really love. There is no need to be passionate about every plant, but you must have at least a handful of plants that give you joy when you see them. Looking out into your garden and seeing perennial favorites and annual beauties will light you up and be a priceless reminder that your effort was worth it. While some plants may be more filler than favorite, they help your hits stand out and take center stage. #3 Always have a few beautiful containers well planted. Add Garden WOW Factor. Containers are really like having a series of miniature portable gardens. You can move them around (use a dolly or trolley with castors) and flank an entrance, draw attention to a seating area, or simply create an opportunity for texture and color spilling over. #4 Keep the garden well maintained. You’ll feel better when it is tidy and well pruned. A well tended garden lends a sense of beauty and organization to your landscape. Garden maintenance can be time consuming, so feel free to contact us here at Marcia Weber Gardens to Love; we love to take the hassle out of your lawn and landscape maintenance. #5 Put out comfortable seating in various areas of the garden. You’ll find more to enjoy when you are sitting comfortably. Add Garden WOW Factor. When you add garden WOW factor, you are creating an inviting and irresistible outdoor living space, a place you can entertain friends, relax and play with family, and an escape from the daily grind. We’d love to hear from you. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WOW FACTOR HERE? Save Save...

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January is the perfect time for fresh garden ideas to plan the next phase of your landscape. Take a peek at Pinterest and get inspired by creative concepts, or let your fingers stroll to Instagram and view the tapestry of gardens and landscapes featured there. Whatever you can imagine, we at Marcia Weber Gardens to Love, can design, install and maintain for you. Whether you want to add to the landscape you love, make elegant changes in the garden you have, or you are starting from scratch, we’ve got you covered. In fact, here are 10 of our favorite fresh garden ideas to keep your landscape looking good… #1 Reflect your landscape with a water feature. You can go big with a full waterfall over rocks, a pond or even a creek, or small with a subtle recirculator of water through a quiet sculpture. #2 Complement your garden with stone or ceramic vessels accenting nooks and corners. Containers come in all shapes, sizes, and finishes and are a wonderful portable element that is easy to change seasonally and move about your landscape as your mood strikes. #3 Enjoy your landscape with a place to sit and experience the fresh garden ideas surrounding you. Just creating places to pause in the garden and take in the beauty and wonder of your garden can be truly priceless. Whether it’s a bench just for two tucked beneath a shade tree or two stone seats hiding behind a mass of hydrangeas just out of sight, secret places in your garden are ideal for a cozy conversation. #4 Include classic architectural fragments or features as outdoor sculpture and focal points. While nature offers her own architecture, it can add an extra touch of elegance and personality to include elements like an antique sundial, estate statuary salvaged from the wrecking ball, and column fragments to define your landscape. #5 Improve your landscape with a pathway to guide and direct a garden stroll. Whether your style is straight and geometric or curved and creative, pathways deliver flow and purpose to a landscape. They can protect the lawn from being trampled, or be a meandering moment of meditation. #6 Expand your garden with additional trees, shrubs, and flowers. Having a master plan for your garden that you implement over time will give you something new to look forward to each year with fresh garden ideas. #7 Add an outdoor entertaining area for dining under the stars or weekend family fun, more fresh garden ideas. Outdoor entertaining is becoming standard on homes in the South. Home owners have come to expect a generous patio for dining, cooking out, and simply living outside. #8 Request a delicious fresh vegetable...

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