Category Archives: Gardens

On My Reading List

#5. Decorating- ‘Perfect English‘ by Ros Byam Shaw, 2007.

” In the context of decorating, ‘Perfect English’ is something of a contradiction…We like our chic to be shabby, our grandeur to be faded— perfection is a very non- English quality.” - Roger Jones


(Photos- Chris Tubbs)

Garden Note #90: Japanese Ikebana

I bought the book ‘Japanese Ikebana For Every Season‘ by Rie Imai and Yuji Ueno out of curiosity.


Ikebana is the term for the traditional Japanese art of flowering arranging. The book is divided into four chapters based on the seasons. It has dozens of suggestions for flowers with interesting containers. Several pages showed quirky things re-purposed and I couldn’t resist giving it a try. A rusted faucet discovered in my shed became the vase for a single Ranunculus blossom.

(Photo & Styling- Martha Browne)


“…All great things had small beginnings…”

nibletspressedflower-optPressed flower

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(Photo- Martha Browne)

Ideas- Cape Crusader


This historic cape style house has some wonderful ideas-

*single shutter for each window

*dutch door is made with mitered wood slats

*the small front yard is all paved in antique brick

* bushes of wild pink roses instead of formal shrubs

(Photo- Martha Browne)

D.I.Y. Real Easy Christmas Displays


#4. For this impromptu arrangement, tuck the ends of pine and berry branches  behind a painting while allowing the plant greens to cascade over the frame.

(Photo & Styling- © 2014 Martha Browne)

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Le Narcisse


French illustrated poster c. 1954

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