November 6, 2012

An updated look

Even in November, a walk around the garden, and greenhouse, along with a stop at the pheasantry for some feathers, results in an unusual yet totally authentic autumnal arrangement. Gotta love the White Callicarpa berries and the golden orbs from a rare, yellow Nandinia. Nerine and Clematis 'Jingle Bells' add charm.

A mixed bouquet of hybrid Nerine sarniensis picked in the greenhouse today.

First of all - yes, I am significantly redesigning my blog. This is part of a more elaborate transition, as I reach 1 million page hits next month, I felt it was time to grow up, and create a blog design which is more interactive, more simple, more   friendly and yes, something we can grow with. This is just phase one of many changes you will see over the next month as I tweak the design. Please bear with me with odd images, and odd-centered objects - I need to do this on my own time late at night, and I fear it will take some time. Please, do let me know what you think about the design.

Again, it is Nerine season in the greenhouse. Every year I swear that I am going to give them all away so that I can clear off the benches to make room for something new, but then, they bloom, and I can't even imagine what October or November would be like without their coral, pink, scarlet and white blooms. Also,  I'm one of those rare fellows who loves November. In fact, I love winter. Odd, yes - for a gardener, but there is something about crisp, cold weather and snow that allows me to focus on plants. Maybe it's because summer offers too many distractions. regardless, I admit that I like those transitional seasons. Spring and Autumn - it may just be a simple case of getting bored. Just when I begin to yawn with boredom, everything changes again.

Puppy Cam - Big Puppy, Tiny Runt Puppy. Their eyes are not open yet.


  1. Anonymous8:58 AM

    I'm excited to see all the new changes. The text is cut off on the right hand side on my monitor. Just wanted to pass that feedback on.

  2. Alvaro9:06 AM

    Matt, Love the clean look of the blog. Also, the first image on this post is dreamy!!

  3. hopflower9:57 AM

    Matt, the whole page is stunning! That arrangement of nerine caught my eye like nothing else and it was the first thing I saw when getting on the computer today. Absolutely breathtaking.

    Those pups are pretty adorable, too.

    Thanks for this. All of it! You are doing a great job with this blog.

  4. Thanks everyone. I know that there has been some problem for people trying to leave comments - working through that once I return from NYC biz trip this weekend.

  5. one more thing we have in common, the LOVE of winter, I always feel like people think I am certifiably crazy when I announce my adoration for cold snow and all things winter. Glad to see I have company. The new look is wondefful, the change can be so much work but definitely worth the effort!

  6. Anonymous6:43 PM

    The new font is quite small and a bit hard to read! But overall absolutely love this site.


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