Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Even the simplest description will take you back to high school chemistry.First, hardiness has everything to do with acclimation. Plants need to be exposed slowly to changing temperatures to make a safe transition from summer through fall and on to winter. Plants begin adapting during the photoperiod, when the day length shortens. Then when temperatures drop to 40 degrees F for several days, an even more powerful signal is given to plants to prepare for winter.
It’s these environmental cues that stimulate the physiological and biochemical changes that result in a greater tolerance for cold. And when considering what each plant manages to accomplish, you can’t help but respect all plants as tightly composed living systems.
The early metabolic changes that occur include producing higher concentrations of dissolved sugars, amino acids and other soluble organic molecules. Then within the cells a higher concentration of chemically-bound water begins. This helps with the elasticity of the protoplasm, which is what makes a plant remain resilient during freezing.
Outwardly, it’s during this stage that the fall colors appear. When a plant’s metabolism is altered, it breaks down the chlorophyll, which in turn makes the aspens turn yellow, the maples turn red, and the oaks change from green to golden orange. Autumns with more sunny days produce more colored leaves because the breakdown is slower.
What gives a plant the ability to withstand cold temperatures is the absorption of essential elements from the soil such as iron and zinc.
Finally, when plant tissues are first exposed to freezing temperatures, ice crystals physically form outside the cell membranes. The crystals grow larger as they pull water from the protoplasm. When temperatures warm back up, these crystals melt and release water back into the cells. This action re-hydrates the plant so it can resume metabolism. In frost-sensitive plants, the water does not enter back into the system, and the plant eventually dies.
Hardiness is a complex relationship of factors, something us normal gardeners really don’t need to understand. We can leave the details to the researchers. It just helps knowing some of the finer points that take place inside plants as they move into winter. It lets us appreciate them even more.
The chairs juxtapose Mexican and European aesthetic values, incorporating the formal design elements and quirks of both to create a cultural blend. They are frivolous and humorous yet simultaneously encourage reflection and acceptance. Shapes, materials, colours, textures and finishes collide in irreverent and playful harmony; the Prickly pair chairs are a statement against prejudice and preconceptions. The classical French oval chair originated in the Rococo period during the reign of Louis XV and has since been adopted throughout central Europe. Although now completely familiar, its form was radical at the time - considered over-decorated nonsense which dispensed with rectilinear styles in favour of more light-hearted asymmetric forms. Rococo's naturalistic and exuberant ornamentation mixed natural and artificial forms of all kinds, from plant motifs to representations of the grotesque. The Nopal cactus symbolizes Mexican heritage and national pride. According to legend, the Gods told the Aztecs to build Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City) in the place they saw an eagle standing on a Nopal, devouring a snake. To this day, the image resides on the National Shield.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This is such a coup for designers! If you send Kravet your photos using their products, they will post it to their website for all to see. They get about 4500 hits per day - YIPPEE!!!!!
Monday, April 26, 2010
teach a class on container gardening yesterday through mindglo.com. We
had a great time and I love this nursery even more than I already
did!!! Here are a few pictures of the nursery yesterday. I totally
forgot to take pictures during the class. Duh!!!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The above article link is an article in today's Oregonian about a client project we have been working on for the last few months. The article is all about color - from none to lots! Thanks SO VERY MUCH to the darling Miss Bridget for allowing us to be part of her color story.....so exciting!!!
The very best part is that the first photo was actually the cover of the whole Home & Gardens section! YIPPEE!!!
This photo is of the dining room into the living room. Love the Hickory Chair Chinese fretwork dining chairs in a French Blue finish.. We used a Calvin Klein for Kravet Collections linen fabric with metallic peacock blue fibers running through it with a Kravet Couture multi-colored checkered silk for the welting. The killer chandelier is the Pagoda Chandelier by Currey and Co. Dear God, I love chinoiserie!!!!! Barbara Barry lamp on the buffet....
Again, from the dining room to the living room. We used Hickory Chair made to measure slipper chairs with a Kelly Wearstler herringbone patterned fabric. The small black table is by Mariette Hines-Gomez for Hickory chair. The sofa we had re-upholstered in a raspberry Metro Chenille - totally indestructible - by Duralee. The drapery fabric is a Laura Ashley ikat pattern for Kravet. You can't see it, but the fireplace to the right of the chair in the foreground we had re-tiled in a crema marfil marble in a 1 x 3 herringbone pattern to work with the chairs - lots of texture and pattern with a neutral color - just in case they change chair fabrics down the road...... The lamps on the altar table from Legend of Asia behind the sofa are black and gold metal tole painted chinoiserie by Currey and Co.
Upstairs guestroom....... The drapery fabric is Tea Blossom by Kravet - so beautiful. coral base with multi-color Asian inspired vases. Delightful! The wall color - which is truly amazing is Benjamin Moore Wasabi - part of the Affinity palette - it contrasts nicely with the curtains! It is a pity you can't see the dresser on the right - it is ivory lacquered in a slightly modern Chinese style with beautiful chow feet - by Bungalow 5.
all photos by Faith Cathcart / the Oregonian
This chair in the entry hall is an antique from the client's great grandmother - we covered it in a super colorful Jim Thomson linen-ish fabric which set the color palette for the whole ground floor of the house. This piece is really special! ...did I mention that I love Jim Thompson??
So thanks again to Miss Bridget - I am so happy!!!!!!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I have a lot of comments to attach to the pictures I have already posted and I am sure that I will get around to it eventually....so stay tuned!
I've got lots to show from Noir Trading, Design Legacy, Legend of Asia and Hickory Chair! So much great stuff!!!! Now it's off for a show and lots of coffee and then off to the shop!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
just finishing up day 3. For some stoopid reason I was not able to
post to blogger yesterday or the day before. Anyhoo......one and a
half days to go in photo documentation. Bear with me.