Monday, 19 February 2018

Book Review: The Layered Garden

I'm on the hunt for seriously inspirational garden books to inspire me while we do the hard raft in our home. And when I find a corker, I love to share them with you... Have you heard of The Layered Garden by David L Culp? It's the book I'm sharing with you today and it's a cracker!! It's sub-title is Design Lessons For Year-Round Beauty From Brandyvine Cottage.

Book Review: The Layered Garden by David Culp

Don't we all want a garden which appears to be at its best through every month of the year, from 'the first snowdrops...to the last branches, berries and bark of winter'? This is the essence of the thinking behind layering in your garden.

Book Review: The Layered Garden by David Culp

By carefully choosing the right plants for your space, David Culp argues that it is possible to draw out the very best from each space in your garden to produce layers of interest in each season.

Book Review: The Layered Garden by David Culp

And the thing I most love about The Layered Garden is that the author, along with his partner, have created the most fantastic garden, at their home, using these principles, which they share, along with mountains of generous details, on every page.

Book Review: The Layered Garden by David Culp

The 'Layered' of the title, not only applies to maximising interest at each time of year but also to making the very most of all heights in your garden. Take a look at this fantastic Before and After of their Ruin Garden and you'll see what I mean:

Book Review: The Layered Garden by David Culp

Book Review: The Layered Garden by David Culp

Isn't it incredible what they've achieved with such an uninspiring space?

The Layered Garden (published by Timber Press) is one of those very best kind of books that makes you want to devour every page, squeeze out every last drop of knowledge and then get cracking on your own!! 

Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahxx

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Friday, 16 February 2018

Alliums And Lavender: Modern Country Garden Companions

I've just come back from the perfect late winter's walk - crisp but with more than a hint of Spring in the air! - and I was, again, reminded how completely scrumptiously exciting this time of year is garden-wise. What better opportunity could there be to share another of my favourite Modern Country Garden planting companions. And today's star turn is the Megan Markle and Prince Harry of any Modern Country Garden: alliums and lavender. 

Aliums and Lavender: Modern Country Garden Companions...over on Modern Country Style blog

The glamorous, firecracker nature of the aliums sets off the soft, country timlessness of the lavender.

Aliums and Lavender: Modern Country Garden Companions...over on Modern Country Style blog

Can you see that aliums show off lavender so completely perfectly: in colour, in form and in height: just feast your eyes on these fabulous examples!

Aliums and Lavender: Modern Country Garden Companions...over on Modern Country Style blog

I'm particularly jiggly this year because we've come to the end of the back-breaking digging out of our own garden. Can you feel my relief? I hope it's almost tangible through your screen! It's been unbelievably hard work - hundreds of years of concrete and large stones - and we've done it ourselves in order to save money to put into a new kitchen!

Aliums and Lavender: Modern Country Garden Companions...over on Modern Country Style blog

Which means it's VERY nearly time to bring in the top soil, bring in the grass and then...to get planting!! 
Can I get a MASSIVE Hallelujah, please?
{Cue angels singing}

Aliums and Lavender: Modern Country Garden Companions...over on Modern Country Style blog

I've visualised our beautiful space outside for so long that, in my head, it's become a place to escape to already in my head! I can almost smell the lavender wafting on the balmy evening breeze...

beautiful things make me happy

Aliums and Lavender: Modern Country Garden Companions...over on Modern Country Style blog

I think it's time to put what's in my head out into the real world!

Aliums and Lavender: Modern Country Garden Companions...over on Modern Country Style blog

And will this pefect Modern Country Garden partnership of aliums and lavender feature in our new garden? 

You betcha!

Take care until next time,
Sarahx

Images via Belderbos, skwellsphoto, Claire Potter Designs, Beautiful Things Make me Happy, raddlesiddeley, arne maynard, unknown

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Valentine's Craft Projects: Modern Country Crafts

Hello, all you gorgeous lovers out there!!!
And happy Valentine's Day!
Over on Instagram, I've been sharing my favourite Modern Country Valentine's craft projects so I thought I'd take this opportunity to share some Valentine's Crafty gorgeousness with you..... These are all craft projects that I've made myself, so it goes without saying that you can make them too!!! 

{And,n yes! Ive FINALLY joined! If you haven't come to say hello to me on Instagram then I'd LOVE to see you there!}

First up, this mother-of-pearl heart cushion....I actually made this from an old sofa cushion which I took apart so I was able to reuse the piping from around the edge. I'm all about the shortcuts! You can see the full tutorial here...


Then these rosebud hearts! Aaaaah, these are some of my favourites! I never get tired of gorgeous rosebud letters! Aren't they pretty!? You can learn how to make your own here...


I made this cushion to remember our wedding back in good old 1999, using my awesome Vintage Typewriter Keys stamp set. And I used the drawn thread technique for the first time too!! See how here...


This blanket-stitched heart is so snuggly and warm - and lavender-filled so it smells yummy too....All the deets are here...


Awww, and this heart and cinnamon garland is a stunner! The only hard bit is threading the string through the cinnamon. If you can do that then you're away!! See the instructions here...
And last but not least my Scrabble tile magnets. Basically, if you have a glue gun and a Scrabble set, then this is as good as done (find out how here)...


And there you have it! My all-time best Valentine's craft projects!! Which one is your favourite?

Take Care Till Next Time, my Valentine's lovelies,
Sarahxx

All images: Modern Country Style

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Friday, 26 January 2018

Modern Country Garden Combos: Dark Tulips And.....!

Today's Modern Country Garden Plant Combo is a bit of a strange one! It's Tulips And.... And? And???

Queen of the night tulips, black parrot tulips, pansies, foxglove, and daffodils, benpentreath.com
Queen of the night tulips, black parrot tulips, pansies, foxgloves, and daffodils

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Erica’; Silene dioica; Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’
Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Erica’, Silene dioica and Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’

Well, there's the nub of the problem! I tried to narrow it down, I really did. But dark tulips go so fantastically well with so many other plants, that I thought I'd use this as a bit of an encouragement to give them some Modern Country love in your very own garden. 

“Queen of the Night” and “Maureen” hybrid tulips    in clipped parterres in Oscar de la Renta’s garden…

Tulipa 'White Triumphator' and tulipa 'Queen of Night.' Probably too much contrast and the greenery almost absorbs the 'Queen of Night' tulips. But the white is great with the greenery.

Whether planted with other tulip varieties...

Queen of the Night Tulip

Tulips, esp. Queen of the night


...or with an altogether different but complementary plant, dark tulips can be your new Modern Country Garden bestie!



Tulips, especially voluptuous dark beauties such as Queen Of The Night and Black Parrot combine with so many other plants that it seemed foolish to narrow this post down to just one combination.

Which is your favourite?


Images via Benr Penreath, Nancy Ondra, Oscar De La Renta, unknown, unknown, Common Wealth Club, Wife Mother Gardener, Crocus, Black Swamp Girl

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Friday, 12 January 2018

I'm On Instagram!!...And Modern Country Front Garden Design

Yes, it's true! Two pieces of excitement here today....I've FINALLY joined Instagram AND I'm sharing a gorgeous Modern Country Front Garden!

You see, when I started first Modern Country Style, I had no idea that it would take off in the way it did. It was all I could do to keep on top of the blog, and then Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest came along (not to mention our five kiddiewinks behind the scenes!!)......and I just came to the conclusion that I couldn't do it all so it was better to do a few things well, rather than a lot of things badly! Roll on a few years, and things seem to have settled down, at least for a while, in terms of new social media to keep up with so I'm ready to launch forth!!! 

Front Garden design lavender topiary

I'd LOVE you to join me over on Instagram. I'm there as @modern_country_style

Modern Country Front Garden design lavender topiary

And of course I'll still be over in all the usual places too!!

Modern Country Front Garden design lavender topiary

In the meantime, I'm LOVING this front garden design by Steven Kelvin, featuring the gorgeous combination we were talking about last time of lavender and topiary....

Modern Country Front Garden design lavender topiary

Take Care Until Next Time....
Sarahxx

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