Monday, June 29, 2009

Plants As Sculpture

An Ivy-clad Stone Sculpture of a Shepherd stands to one side of a curved wooden seat. (The Shepherdess is on the other side, her headdress is a crown of tiny Roses. See at end of Post)

Here a circular walk- bordered on both sides by Pleached Lindens - is edged on one side by a low Boxwood hedge & on the other rounded topiary shapes of Box.
The quality that makes for a good hedge and Topiary Plants are found in relatively a small number of evergreens. The common Boxwood, known to the Romans, remains a classic for low hedges and med-sized topiary. It's toerant fo many conditions and forms a dense surface when clipped. It's slow growth means that it's shape holds well, even with one trim a year.
We cherish our three Boxwood Topiaries, which were grown by Robert from cuttings.
Each year, We trim them by hand with clippers and they have grown happily in Terra cotta Pots for many years. They can be moved to the Garden, Deck, or Walkway - wherever they get plenty of Sun, Water, & Fertilizer regularly - and they will thrive-!!

Beneath the lightly-shaped domes of splendid Hawthorn (Crataegus x lavalleei 'Carrierei') grow perennial plants and Topiaries of (Lonicera nitida)

Small-leaved Ivies on wire frames and Boxwood Spirals.
(Great illustrated instructions for all the Topiary Plants that are shown, & many more, are given in this book. See title below.)

This Garden, shown in late spring, uses the Classic formula of generous planting within a permanent low Boxwood framework. A Wooden Arbor is built down the center of the Garden - to support climbing Roses - how sweet-!

My eye loves to follow the line of the Boxwood hedge as it zig-zags all the way to the back of this Garden - till it reaches that stone archway - which opens to another Enchanting Garden room perhaps-?
THE BOOK: "Topiary and the Art of Training Plants" By David Joyce - Firefly Books Ltd. 2000. (This is a Great Informative book for anyone who loves Topiary and Gardens -- Buy It-!

A Stone Sculpture of a Shepherdess - Companion to the Shepherd at beginning of Post - Both Images from: "Living by Design" By John Stefanidis
"We are shaped and fashioned by what we love."

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Razzle Dazzle Pink

"Primrose" 18"x24" Acrylic on Canvas By Mary Maki Rae-2009

The Entry of a Late-19th Century House - with walls in Benjamin Moore's "Razzle Dazzle" - the Table & Side Chair are Louis XV - Mirror is 18th Century Italian

BRAVO-! Hot Pink never looked so Bold, yet so Feminine and Refined-!
What a lovely application for an Entry,and/or Hallway-! (Also consider a Powder room or a Special Closet.) So Cheerful and as Fresh-looking as a Peruvian Lilly or English Primrose.
Accenting the Pink with Black & white and some Fine Antiques - keeps such a bright color tamed - and ever so Sophisticated-! Absolutely Beautifully done-!

For contrast - on the Stairs a Zebra Carpet Runner.

At one end of the Living Room - An italian gilt-Brass Game Table - Surrounded by chairs covered in Pink Leather.

At the other end of Living Room - a pair of George III chairs painted Milk White, covered in Scalamadre's Anemone - trimmed in Pink.
INTERIOR DESIGNER:Jonathan Berger PHOTOS OF ROOMS: Francesco Lagnese
PUBLISHED: In House Beautiful Magazine "Small Space Issue" July-2009

Harlequin on Bike - Birds on Bikes - Parrot Painting - By Mary Maki Rae - 2009 (see Etsy)
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the Life you have imagined "
-Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


"Persian Garden " Bag - Cotton Fabric-10" x8-1/2" by Mary Maki Rae-2009

I Love sewing together these small bags (shown above) to use as Gifts or to hold Sewing Notions, Jewelry, Cosmetics, or Lingerie. (the uses are endless-!)
I usually quilt the fabrics that I use to reinforce them, which gives them a nice tactile effect.
Imagine my delight to find in this month's "World of Interiors" a feature on the intricately woven quilt-like material - MATELASSE-! (Mostly used for Bed Linens, Pillows, & Upholstery)
They are as lovely to the touch as pleasing to the Eyes-! Pricey, but well worth it, considering all the time saved with all that beautiful quilting all ready done-! See Samples Below:

All Images of MATELASSE Samples from: "World of Interiors" June-2009

Happy Sewing-!