Quick tip

If you need to bury a wire for lighting, pool controls, or a new thermostat wire to your shop, it’s a very good idea to put that wire in a conduit. Even though some wire is rated for direct burial, that will not protect it from a shovel. You (or your gardener) will thank me later, trust me.

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Regarding Leaf Blowers

It’s fall once again, and once again we are being treated to numerous editorials, posts, and rants about the stupidity and general evilness of leaf blowers. And really, they are stupid and spew a lot of greenhouse gasses and make a really annoying racket. But all those writers make no effort to understand why they are so popular with landscapers, so I thought I would shed some light on the other side of the issue.

First, they make the job easier. By which I mean the professional gets to expend less (personal) energy to get the job done. When you spend 40 hours a week for the better part of two months raking leaves, believe me, you are going to want to find an easier way. Homeowners who spend few weekends a year raking don’t get this, and why would they, but the pros are grateful. Those of us who have made this a career are always happy to find a tool that will beat up their bodies a little less.

Second, it’s faster. And I mean significantly, maybe even twice as fast as raking in some instances. Faster means cheaper for the customer, and more money for the landscaper, as they can clear more lawns in a day. If the competition uses them, so do you, to stay competitive.

Lastly, they allow you to clear EVERYTHING off the lawn. People who hire landscapers to keep their lawns immaculate really like this – it just makes their little OCD brains zing with glee. The amount of effort to replicate this using hand tools is enormous, even if you could find a landscaper with the patience to do it.

Given all these advantages, I’m pretty sure leaf blowers are here to stay, despite the very real environmental issues associated with them. And the really annoying racket.

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Equation for Happiness

A truckload of plants:

Plus a blank slate:

Equals:

| Categories: Flowers, Gardens, Landscaping

Facebook!?

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Yes, I am slowly being dragged into the modern world of social media, starting, and probably ending, with Facebook. (and I do know that FB is totally passe’ now, but hey, I’m trying). So if you are curious, go to Seaflower Garden & Design, and “like” it. or give us a review. There will be interesting tidbits there that don’t show up here, and vice-cersa, so check back often.

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Spring in Ireland

I just got back from a trip to Ireland, where the season is much more advanced. Now I get to see spring twice!

 

Of course, being Ireland there were stone walls everywhere. This is one of the oldest examples, a collapsed beehive hut on the slopes of Mt Brandon:

 

No trip is to the Emerald Isle is complete without a visit to Blarney Castle. In addition to the fabled Stone, there are extensive gardens, worthy of a visit in their own right:

| Categories: Flowers, Gardens, Stonework

A big change

 

     On this, the vernal equinox, spring is upon us, although you would never know it based on the weather and the amount of snow still piled up. I am sure everyone is spending at least a few moments thinking about their garden.

       After 20 years of being a professional gardener, I am finding my true joy is in designing landscapes, not pulling weeds.  Rather than let the quality of garden care decline I will stop personally doing this maintenance work. Unfortunately, my helper Aaron will not be available to take over, as he is leaving the business. Therefore, Seaflower Garden & Design will no longer provide regular maintenance services, instead focusing solely ondesign and selected installations.

     I’m a little bit sad to be no longer working in the gardens that my clients and I created together, but I know that it’s for the best for me and my family. While I will be focusing primarily on the creative side of my business, I will always be available for consultations and questions. It has been  an amazing learning experience to be able to care for a wide variety of gardens and landscapes. I will certainly be putting this hard won knowledge to use designing gardens that work well for their location and conditions.

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Deer keep out

Some deer protection in Georgetown:

I used 2.5 oz nonwoven frost blanket. It lets in light and water, but won’t heat up in the sun. Also, the deer can’t see through it, so hopefully they will move on to other places.

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Christmas is coming!

I donated some wreaths I decorated to The Chocolate Church.

 

I used pine, golden false cypress, inkberry, juniper, sumac flowers, and winterberry, mostly wild harvested, or from my garden.

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The begining of the path

We’ve started the bluestone walkway. It is dry laid on a layer of sand, and will be bordered with granite pavers. It has a bit of a curve to it, meandering around the crabapple tree. Hopefully this will encourage visitors to linger a bit on the way to the door.

| Categories: Hardscaping, Stonework

Ned’s Garden

A client in The Highlands retirement community in Topsham is donating a gazebo and garden to her neighborhood in memory of her late husband, Ned. He was one of the most genuinely friendly people I have ever met, and a favorite of us at Seaflower. We are honored to work on this project. This garden will feature a bluestone and granite walk leading up to the gazebo, as well as a lot of colorful perennials and shrubs. One of the design challenges was hiding a utility cluster, seen in the lower left corner of this photo.

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