Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Plans and Projects

"Spring is the time of plans and projects"
-Leo Tolstoy (from Anna Karenina)

Plans and projects are in full swing.  Starting with a spring cleaning of my potting bench


My tools are clean (sort of) and ready



An encrusted brick I scavenged from the mud banks around Fort Sumter during a boat trip across Charleston Harbor...don't tell

Specimens I scavenged from my own yard...clover, violet and moss.  Weeds but beautiful all the same


Lamb's ear ready for planting

My potting area is simple and serves its purpose.  The greenhouse at Bunny Mellon's Upperville, Virginia estate is a work of art...literally

*All images from Vanity Fair 2010-found via the blog,

Bunny Mellon in her garden circa 1962

Trompe l'oeil murals by Fernand Renard adorn the walls


detail

A longtime friend of Jackie Kennedy, she advised the first lady on art and antiques during the restoration of the White House and contributed to the re-design of the Rose Garden.  So perhaps she also inspired Mrs. Kennedy to incorporate a trompe l'oeil armoire into the master bedroom.  By french painter, Pierre-Marie Rudelle, it features favorite items from Mrs. Kennedy's life

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"The thing I envy about Bunny," Mr. Mellon told Washington Post writer Paul Richard in 1985, "is that from the age of 5 or 6, her whole life has been occupied by horticulture, by one consuming thing. She had a garden when she was 5. That led her into all kinds of other things -- to trees, to landscape gardening. Everything she does in life -- her reading, her architecture, her love of pictures -- is related in one way or another to this one main interest."
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8 comments:

Gail, in northern California said...

Lovely having you back.

Anonymous said...

Love your potting bench, it is very inspiring. SB

I Dream Of said...

How lovely to have a spot to "potter around" and make things pretty. Have fun with your spring planning!!

LUCY WILLIAMS said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! SAD I NEED TO READ THE BLOG TO FIND OUT-BUT HONESTLY I DID THINK THAT SOMETHING WAS TODAY WHEN I HAD TO WRITE THE DATE ON A CHECK EARLIER TODAY.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!! I'LL BUY YOU A DRINK IN NYC-LETS GO!

LUCY WILLIAMS said...

UMMMM, DID I SPOT A FORT SUMTER BRICK AT THE POTTING SHED?

Jennifer C. Webb said...

Lucy: do you still have your brick?

Bethany said...

Jennifer your potting bench inspired a plan for me, in a space I would've never thought of using before. I love it! Can't wait to have my own Jennifer-inspired workspace!!

Jennifer C. Webb said...

Thanks Bethany...your new gravel drive inspires me every time I drive by, beautifully done

You and Audrey stop by anytime...the potting bench is usually not that clean

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