"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
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
"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."