….coming home from your summer vacation to dying flowers?!!! Many of my clients go away for a good portion of summer. This is why installations need to look stunning when they are first installed and for many weeks after they come home. And for my clients that are home all summer, it feels like they’re on vacation all season long. There are FOUR of these on the most magnificent front terrace up on a hill. Their massive size make them stunning from the road as well. Maintenance is everything in the summer!
SWIPE and SWIPE for the BEST part of well maintained angelonia “angelface”. I deadhead just as the blossom is starting to pass so that 2 bloom in it’s place and leave for the client. It’s the best when they send me a shot of them in a vase!! These are the 3rd harvest!🌸🧚♀️💜
Not if hibiscus have any say in the matter! So many summer annuals/tropicals are just hitting their stride! SWIPE to see what a game changer lush, colorful, seasonal plantings are for this gorgeous, rambling, antique New England charmer!
It’s when the flowers blend together like a tapestry covering the window box. I think using several trailers/vines with mid height flowers give such a European vibe. There are 6️⃣ of these looking like floating summery clouds. So beautiful from inside the home! 🌸🌼☁️
I love the profile of these cast stone urns with this lush compact shrub shaped planting. These are tricky to plant because the vessels are wide and shallow. I love how they look on either side of this spectacular back terrace entrance. They’re as beautiful looking at them from the outdoor dining table as from the inside of the home.
YOU’RE INVITED TO THIS SUMMER FRIDAY NITE FLOWER BASH! 🏖🍹🌸😎
These two hotties are in full sun party mode on day three in the 90s in Boston! Not all arrangements need a “thriller” for a centerpiece. I love it when the flowers weave a tapestry together! Wish this pattern came in a sundress! SWIPE to see them together.
I literally dream about this pair of 4ft diameter cast stone planters! 🛌💭🌸🍃
These are on either side of the front entrance steps to a spectacular New England home. They are tucked into beautiful mature shrubs so they really need to stand out. I love the profile of these vessels. With their wide bowls and short pedestals you can enjoy them up close from every angle as you climb the stone steps. The agapanthus is just beginning to explode, and right behind it is my favorite angelonia, “angelface”. This is the tallest variety of angelonia and soon it will reach the height of the agapanthus blossoms. When the agapanthus petals drop they will leave behind a chartreuse starburst. My agapanthus crush strikes again!
Channeling a Hawaiian mini vaca vibe @myelitemedspa! 🌺🏄♀️🌴🌊🍹
I feel a little more relaxed just popping in to fill my watering can! If you have not been, you must experience. In addition to the latest in relaxation, wellness and beauty they have the loveliest staff (and the most fabulous little boutique)! These gals get an A++ taking care of the these large boxes… look at all those buds! 🙏🏼🌺
A refreshing palette for a scorcher in New England today! I fall for this colorway every time In ANYTHING; the garden, a dress, a couch, a kitchen, wallpaper, a painting……! I can’t wait for those super white angelonia angelface that are circling the topiary to blossom!
SWIPE for A frontal shot and a great view of that amazing yellow lantana with yellow and green foliage!
When your long distance client sends you a one-month update photo and everyone is performing on point! 🎉💃🏿🥳🕺🏽🍾
It’s always a little nerve-racking planting clients that are far away because I can’t offer maintenance and I don’t get to check on (stalk 🤣) them. I give the plants a pep talk and the clients my plant care shpeal and cross my fingers! Such a delightful client to work for, this box is 12 feet and I could not have done better to maintain if I lived next-door! 🙏🏼 (check out all the buds on those yellow dipladenia!)
SWIPE for the video of when they were first planted (excuse the Insta cropping hack job).
For the “Best Wings in Boston” it’s gotta be hot and spicy! 🥇
Buffs Pub in Newton is consistently voted “best wings in Boston”. There are six of these at each of the outdoor dining tables. @buffspub is the quintessential old-school bar and the owners could not be more fun to work for (they send me home with wing orders for the whole family every time I show up)! It’s going to be 90° in Boston all weekend, perfect for some cold beers and hot wings! 🥇🍗🔥🍺
If you have been following me for awhile you know my agapanthus crush!💔 One of the many things I love about it is that after the petals fall off, they leave a chartreuse green firecracker like skeleton. These urns are loaded with purple angelonia “angelface” just starting to show up to the party! This is my favorite angelonia variety which soon will reach the height of the agapanthus. These urns are just getting started!! There are two of them at the driveway entrance to this spectacular antique New England home.
Happy Fourth of July everyone! 🎆
Recipe: Light blue agapanthus Purple angelface angelonia Lavender double vinca Dusty miller “new look” Light blue lobelia White Verbena
There are six of these on the most quintessential New England cape home in the heart of beautiful Wellesley. They feel like the ultimate summer party! It is just going to get crazier as they are loaded with buds that will be bursting all summer long!!
Recipe: White dipladenia Violet geranium Salmon zinnia Yellow zinnia White vinca Lime green petunia Supertunia jazzberry Berry lantana
This spot is in deep shade all day long but the white flames of the peace lily blossoms make it a contender for the brightest spot! There are three 5”lily plants in each container which allows for a profusion of blossoms. Remember this lily for shade with it’s incredible, structural blossoms and glossy emerald green foliage, so great for a modern vibe!SWIPE for a full frontal shot!
It’s Centaurea “Chrome Fountain” and I’m obsessed with it! I love a soft, cooling palette of silver, pink, green and white, it’s like a summer breeze! Have great weekends and Father’s Day celebrations everyone!
There are three of these on the most stunning Brookline home. The trick to green and white designs is foliage in different shades of green, differently textured foliage and flowers in different shapes and sizes. I swoon for green and white every time! 💚🤍!
In these boxes: Angelonia angel face Angelonia archangel Dipladenia Flowering vinca Lantana Verbena Senecio Dusty Miller Ivy
So many colorful summer shade flowers and foliage choices to lighten up your shady garden spots! These two gorgeous antique urns are at either end of a circular driveway tucked into enormous spectacular rhododendron, so they gotta pop!🍾
This is just a quarter of the window boxes on this spectacular, quintessential, New England home! This client loves a soft blue, grey, lavender Nantucket vibe (who doesn’t? 🤷🏻♀️), a palette that can be tricky to find in Summer.
SWIPE to the video of the boxes together when they were first planted. Instagram cropped the video badly but you can check out my highlighted story for the uncropped video of this incredible home.
SEVEN poolside, citrus palette and fragranced heat lovers ready for Summer! 🍊🍋🍈
I love this refreshing, citrus palette of lime, white, lemon and the slightest hint of orange. That white lantana with the lemon yellow center has a strong lemon scent! So fun with the outdoor decor. Have great weekends everyone! 🍊🍋🍈
These four hotties are ready for the heat! Hard to beat magenta, lilac and tangerine for summer. These are loaded in back with angelonia “angel face” which will get up to 2 feet tall. And when those lavender Ivy geraniums get going…It’s going to get crazy!! Hope everyone had a wonderful memorial day weekend it was a beauty in New England!
SWIPE to see them together!
Many recipe requests so here it is: Lavender Angelonia angelface Magenta hibiscus Orange dipladenia Lavender Ivy geranium Pink zinnia Orange marmalade crossandra Violet verbena
SWIPE! This was for Wellesley public library’s FAB “Books In Bloom” event! 📗🌸🦋
So thrilled to be included in this fabulous event last Friday night. The book I interpreted was the lovely children’s book “The Making of Butterflies” by Zoe’s Neale Hurston and illustrated by Kah Yangni, A beautiful story with the notion that butterflies were created to keep the flowers from becoming lonely. So many stunning arrangements at this fabulous event.
All of the flowers (including milkweed for the monarch catapillar) are butterfly favorites. They love bright yellow, orange, purple, blue and pink. Butterflies are attracted to flowers in clusters or with large blossoms so they can have a landing pad when they collect the nectar. So plant some of these this summer (including milkweed) to help the endangered monarch butterfly and to keep the flowers from becoming lonely! 🦋📗🌸