Calling All Gardeners (And Wannabes)

Last week I went to the launch party of an amazing new website called Gardenuity that literally makes gardening fool proof. As much as I would like to say I am an expert gardener, I definitely could use some help. For example, what will the weather be like later- rain or freeze, hot or humid? How much water, sun or shade does it need? Gardenuity alerts you when your plant needs watering, how much sun it should have, or if it is time to cover it for a freeze. You simply can’t mess up your plants because they simply won’t let you!

Another great perk of the website is the ability to buy herbs and vegetables for yourself or as a gift for friends. They come chicly designed in bamboo planters with compost and a cute orange scoop. Honestly, an amazing gift for the holidays. Even if you live in an urban apartment or any space without green space, you can be a gardener. If that isn’t enough, they even email you recipe ideas for the herbs and vegetables purchased. Instead of buying fresh rosemary at the store, why not just pick some from your own collection?  I am a true fan of this amazing concept.

Being a little green feels good and having a little green tastes even better.

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purchase an herb box HERE

purchase a veggie box HERE

Gardenuity 4 These fresh herbs come perfectly packaged in bamboo containers with fresh compost. I literally used my fresh rosemary from it last night while cooking. Gardenuity 5

Is this not the most ideal gift for the person who has everything, or the person who doesn’t have any space to plant? I adore the packaging.

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The bamboo containers go with every style.

Gardenuity 6 Another great concept. Rows of seeds perfectly spaced out for planting. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t get any easier to be a gardener with GardenuityGardenuity 2 Beets, Carrots, Tomatoes? It is that simple. The perfect way to plant. Also, how great are the rolling planters?

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Gardenuity 7 All fresh herbs and vegetables at the opening of Gardenuity’s office space.

Petite Garden

When given a big backyard space, it is often easy to throw in a bit of everything. However, in reality, most of us have smaller backyard spaces in which to work. This can require some major editing. Ditch the pool, keep the grass? A garden of pots or hedges or flower beds? More entertaining space or more garden? Editing is a difficult art, and one that requires constant attention.

I was recently instagram messaging with fellow blogger Kristy Wicks who is working on her intimate backyard oasis. With so many options and ways to approach her beautiful backyard space, I was inspired to post some of my favorite intimate backyard spaces. When it comes to landscaping, I believe less is more. I also believe in having what you love around you at all times. Any space is a success when you find the perfect balance between the two. Of course, there is never too much potted boxwood.

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Happy Weekend!

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There is nothing like Mark D. Sikes’ West Hollywood garden. It is the best! Via Lonny

Bette Midlers garden via AD I love the checkerboard grass and stones in Bette Midler’s terrace garden. Via AD

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Gorgeous espalier and boxwood.

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Oprah Outdoors

Recently, I was reading Veranda and came across a familiar face- Oprah. We all know her, and we all know she has the ability to turn anything into a favorite thing. However, this time, the photos of her garden in the article displayed my favorite thing: boxwood. Her chic Montecito garden is full of large spheres of boxwood and an abundance of beautiful roses. Architecturally envious ivy creates a romantic escape in her own coveted backyard. If there is anything to get you inspired to get through the week, it is this beautiful escape.

All photos by Victoria Pearson for Veranda Magazine.

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bACKtoACK

It is possible to fall in love over and over again. Nantucket proves it.  I was back again this summer visiting my friend and her gracious mom who is a full time islander. From the hydrangeas to the wavy beaches to the shingled houses and cute shops, the island is the ideal signature of summer. I just have to share some photos that I took while I was there. Enjoy the visual dream that is Nantucket.

For my previous Nantucket posts: click here – here – here – here and here

All photos by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood.

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Where to Stay

Greydon House just opened after the last summer season. It was designed by Roman and Williams and exudes a charming warmth in chicly designed setting. Located right in town, you can walk to your favorite restaurants and shops. However, you wouldn’t even need to leave the hotel since it boasts one of the best restaurants. See more pictures below.

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Cheerful Charm

I have been on a bit of a summer blogging vacation recently, but I came across a home so cheerful and charming that I had to share. British garden designer Butter Wakefield creates timeless and enchanting gardens, so it is no wonder that her home would be just that. A mix of playful patterns and classic furniture are the make-up for the most charming and effortless design.

Photos by Simon Brown via House & Garden UK.

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