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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

March 2nd, 2016 | 4 Comments »


I don’t normally post more than once a week but the wildlife here on Kiawah Island keeps giving me pictures to share. Yesterday I spotted this Great Blue Heron fishing… and enjoying the catch.


Yum yum!
Yum yum!


Following My Tree: July

July 10th, 2015 | 9 Comments »
The linden tree at the end of the Big Lawn on June 2015.
A fully-grown tree doesn't change that much in a short time, or so you may think. But compare two photos of the linden, or basswood, tree (Tilia americana) that stands in my Quebec garden, Glen Villa. I took the first photo on June 13. [caption id="attachment_2454" align="aligncenter" width="1224"] The linden tree at the end of the Big Lawn looked quite perky on June 13, 2015.[/caption]   I took the second one two days ago, on July 8. [caption id="attachment_2455" align="aligncenter" width="1127"] The linden tree on July 8, 2015 has a sadder air.[/caption]  


The China Terrace: A Conceptual Garden

December 24th, 2014 | 7 Comments »
The entry to the China Terrace, with old pillars I found in a local antique store cum junk shop.
A few weeks ago I told the story of how Glen Villa got its name, from the old resort hotel that once was here. The hotel did more than provide a name, however. It -- or rather, the traces it left behind -- transformed my way of thinking about gardens and landscape. From an approach based on traditional horticultural aesthetics, I moved to one based on concepts and ideas. The shift took place gradually, but without question it began with my discovery of the marks that Glen Villa Inn left on