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eniala
Merry Christmas from the Philippines! ❤
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kimjungho
Clean n symple
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Lauren Elyse Fine Art, LLC.
I love seeded euc just about as much as I loath the baby variety, both of which I've worked with in many arrangements, but what I love about this is how the seeded eucalyptus is the star of the show! So gorgeous!
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wandeco
A lovely and indulgent thing to do after weekend lunchtime. With dogs and cats on the spare room bed.
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tommydboy
Prayer for others is a great way to fall asleep. I was told that angels will finish the prayers you missed.
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Jay Sifford Garden Design
Eric, this piece of writing is incredible. I want to carefully craft a response because I want to get it just right.

I'm enjoying a respite from the holiday pace before I head to dinner with family and friends. I'm sitting on my yatsuhashi boardwalk overlooking the creek with a glass of red zin and some brie, not because I'm hungry, but because I want to experience the creamy texture of the cheese against the tannins in the wine. I'm reading a book on Japanese stone gardens, feeling the sun piercing the forest around me, feeling the breeze that is just strong enough, or perhaps just restrained enough, to play a melody on the large wind chimes directly overhead. The reason for, and result of, Christmas is, and should be, peace on earth; I'm feeling that peace just now.

Your thoughts and illustrations are both perfect and relevant. Today I've been planning a new garden on the land I call my own. It's a light garden as it faces east and catches the morning sun, even though it's surrounded by forest. Most people, outside of gardeners and artists never stop to notice and experience how light changes from hour to hour and from season to season. I have a contemporary life-size steel ballet dancer sculpture there on axis with my windows. I'm planning an installation of maybe 8 or 10 vertical 2x4s, some face on toward the windows, some turned where I see their narrow sides. I'm going to stain them to match the beech trunks in the forest and mirror the sides facing the house to catch the morning light. They'll be staggered throughout the garden. I'm also planning an installation of boxwood (that I used to abhor), pruned into balls, interspersed with stone spheres. I have a primal attachment to that shape. That's my project for the new year that's just for me.

As for my work, my desire is to create as much beauty and as much peace for as many people as I can, as a gift back to humanity. I will use texture, juxtaposition, subdued color and shape as a means to that end. I have a water feature planned in my head that is unlike anything I've ever seen. Some special person will be the recipient of that gift. I most likely do not know that person yet, but I will. I'm done with ornamentation and decoration. My desire is to provide meaning and to help others appreciate the subtle beauty that most never see.

Thank you for this article, for the thought process it initiated in me, and for the beauty and peace that will be the result of my craft. I know that your journey and result will be the same.

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
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ellechris
Extremely thoughtful and well said article. I love designers and individuals who craft, design, and respect natural materials and objects for the simplicity and cohesion they can produce. I love the beauty of the homes and buildings that were represented in your article and how peaceful and calm I feel looking at them. More is not always better. I really love the home in Australia. It's great to see someone use their home in such a useful and fun manner. It is something I am always trying to achieve in my own home.
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carolbrandywine
This makes me so very happy. What a sweet burst of color in the winter. I live in Philadelphia and know little about planting. Would this do well here in a container?
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Le jardinet
If the container is a good size (20" cube for example or larger) yes it would be fine
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