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October 27, 2014

Recently Completed Projects

Here are several of our recently completed projects!

At this Burlington, Vermont residence we installed a bluestone walkway and landing, as well as granite cobble edging. Plant material for the foundation beds is a mix of flowering shrubs and perennials. The clients asked us to re-use their stone mulch to control the weeds, which gives the beds a unique look.

This Williston, Vermont residence now has a multi-level thermal bluestone patio for entertaining and a more functional bluestone front walkway.  There are also plantings of mixed flowering and evergreen shrubs, as well as perennials with varying bloom times. There are stone planter boxes and sitting walls with lights incorporated into them on site as well.

This beautiful irregular bluestone and brick walkway now leads to the front door of this Plattsburgh, New York home. Foundation plantings consisting of mixed shrubs, perennials, groundcovers and a weeping Crabapple were also part of this installation.  Riding the Grand Isle Ferry made for a great way to start the day!

A cedar trellis for screening the neighbor from their new patio was installed at this South Burlington, Vermont residence. The homeowner is planning to plant a mix of flowering vines on it in the spring.

To see more photos of completed projects and ones we are working on check out our facebook page!

October 24, 2014

Frighteningly Beautiful Plants for this Halloween!

Japanese lantern  Japanese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi)

This beautiful plant has an orange papery covering over it’s fruit, which resemble Jack-o- lanterns. This is a perennial that is native across southern Asia and is widely grown all over    the world. The fruit can be used in cut flower arrangements and dries nicely.  In Japan  during the Bon Festival the seeds of this plant are used as an offering to guide the souls of    the dead.

 

 

Witchhazel  Witchhazel (Hamamelis) 

A deciduous woody shrub that blooms in September – November. The tiny yellow flowers    have four thin petals and emerge at the same time as the fruit. There are medicinal  uses for  astringents made from the bark and leaves of this plant, including: skincare, treating insect bites and poison ivy. This plant gets it’s wicked name simply due to the  translation of the Middle English word Wiche which means bendable. The American  colonists used the flexible branches when dowsing for water.

 

Wolfsbane  Wolfsbane (Aconitum)

This toxic perennial has purple or blue blossoms that resemble ‘hoods’ which is where ‘Monkshood’ as another common name came from. It can grow 3-5’ tall and 2’  wide, likes part shade and moist soil. Due to the toxic nature this plant it is both deer  and rabbit resistant. You should avoid letting this plant contact your bare skin. In Folklore it was believed that if ingested, smelled or worn you could  turn into a Werewolf!  It was also a main ingredient in Witches Brews.

 

Ghost Plant  Ghost Plant (Monotropa uniflora)

A rather rare plant that actually doesn’t contain any chlorophyll resulting in it’s pure white  color. This plant is parasitic and feasts on mycorrhizal fungi attached to trees.  This means  that the ghastly plant ultimately is getting what it needs from photosynthetic trees and  doesn’t need to rely on sunlight to grow. They are often found near the base of Beech Trees.

 

 

Lovelies bleeding  Love-Lies-Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)

This is an Annual plant here in Vermont and can grow upwards of 2 feet tall. It will bloom  from June until the frost and thrives in full sun to part shade. This plant gets it’s name  because of the long drooping clusters of red flowers that hang down from the plant. The  flowers are beautiful in arrangements and if dried will still retain the reddish color.

 

 

garlic-flowerGarlic  Garlic (Allium)

Has been by used by humans for nearly 7,000 years as both food    and for medicinal purposes. This well-known Vampire, Werewolf  and Demon deterrent is part of the onion family and had to be  included here…just incase you need it this Halloween!