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Diana Digs My Secret Garden-4

Cornerstone Garden now has the address posted onto a bird feeder where a clematis vine will eventually reach the top. Hopefully many local birds will stop by for a bite to eat.

A rustic fountain will greet visitors alongside the front walk and seating area. Helleborus, pachysandra, foxglove, ferns and mazus were planted in this shady area.

The front terrace is being constructed from materials found on site. Crevice plants will be installed including, hens and chicks, creeping sedum and mazus. When the weather warms up, rose moss (the annual) will be installed around the steppers. Another water feature utilizing an old wheel barrow will be added in the far left corner with japanese sweet flag, iris, green and white sedum and other sun loving plants. A seating area will also be provided in this area.

See you on the 30th of April for our Grand Opening or stop by March 31st for a sneak peep during Smoozefest on State Street provided by Cafe Pasta.

DianaDigsDirt and Cornerstone Garden

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in My Secret Garden

 

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DianaDigs Balloon Flower

The balloon flower (above)is commonly known in the landscape world, but its cousin is definitely worthy in my garden.

 Botanical name, Campanula glomerata is low maintenance and blooms for 2 months, at least.

This perennial needs some shade from the hot afternoon sun, drought tolerate, deer resistant and if deadheaded, will bloom again. It is not invasive and works well in cottage style gardens or other informal landscapes in the backyard.

The size of this perennial is about 18 inches around and fits into the front of a perennial bed nicely.

DianaDigs Campanula glomerata!

at Cornerstone Garden 414 State Street in Greensboro

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Favorite Plants

 

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My Secret Garden now Cornerstone Garden

Blooming Begins at Cornerstone Garden by DianaDigsDirt

Formally “My Secret Garden” 414 State Street

 Grand Opening-Saturday April 30th 2011

Meander the gardens and talk to Diana of DianaDigsDirt, certified landscape designer of the Triad and primary sponsor of Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal. The garden will offer plants, garden art, produce and other outdoor items. Because of changing monthly vendors, information is located on the blog of DianaDigsDirt.com, under the Cornerstone Garden page. The State Street business district is unique and charming for pedestrians and Cornerstone Garden will offer strolling paths for garden enthusiasts, chatting or shopping. Andrea Halsey Photography is located in the front portion of the office with Cornerstone Garden occupying the rear entrance marked by the RED door.

DianaDigsDirt-certified landscape designer provides

  • Consultations, Landscape Designs and Installation
  • Speaking Engagements
  • “Green” Wedding Design
  • Residential and Commercial Memory Garden Design
  • “Green” Gift and Sympathy Baskets
  • Blog with over 160 articles, where comments are welcome and questions are answered

On site Workshops will provide information regarding

  • Drought and Deer resistant plants
  • Container Gardening
  • Medicinal Plants
  • Antiques in the Garden
  • DIY Projects and Outdoor Crafting
  • Composting and Vegetable Gardening
  • Low Maintenance Landscapes
  • Butterfly and Bird Friendly Gardens
  • Water Gardens and much more

DianaDigsDirt blog will provide hours of operation and other information on the Cornerstone Garden page. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Diana at, Diana@justacloudaway.com or 336.392.4031.

Looking for vendors to participate in the grand opening, interested businesses please email Diana.

 
 

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Diana Digs My Secret Garden-3

 

414 State Street, formally known as, “My Secret Garden”.

A beautiful weekend to work on State Street. Much was accomplished like tilling the front terrace and removing unwanted plants.

4×4 caps were placed on the posts for iron fence, where pots will be installed later.

Every inch of this location will be taken advantage of. Cracks in the sidewalk, stairs and wall will be planted with crevice plants (not weeds).

 Several cascading plants will adorn the brick wall and bloom at various times of the year. Bulbs, annuals and perennials will add to the splendor. There will be a few spots open for people to sit as well.

Needed a nice entryway planter filled with perennials, sedum, annuals and the grass on top is called Amazon Mist.

   2 “Burgundy Cotton” Crape Myrtles were installed by the fence.

The project was supervised by my son.

We are getting there and hope to have our Grand Opening April 30th (after our April 16th event), just in time for Mothers Day plants, gifts baskets and more!

 Happy Planting!

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Diana Digs My Secret Garden-2

Another day on 414 State Street at, “My Secret Garden”. It was VERY cold too. 360 Landscape and Lawn Maintenance helped remove a few overgrown shrubs and transplant the weeping cherry tree. Some of the roots are so enormous, a truck was needed to pull out.

If an existing plant will provide me hours of manual labor, it needs to go. “My Secret Garden” will be spectacular filled with low maintenance and drought tolerate plants. Don’t we all want this?

The upper terrace is almost cleaned out and will be tilled and stone re-positioned for a seating and display area. Was thinking about painting the fence and decided against it. So many flowers, pottery and other garden art will definitely cover its aged look. We may add a pergola for some afternoon shade.

Diana Digs Dirt

 

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Diana Digs My Secret Garden-1

February 18th Diana Digs Dirt signed the contract to move business onto 414 State Street, Greensboro, NC, along with Andrea Halsey Photography.

As a landscape designer, plans are underway to transform (and maintain the integrity) of “My Secret Garden”. There are many hours of work needed with the Grand Opening scheduled for March 2011.

Because of ample outdoor space, workshops will be ongoing to include

We are using materials on site, keeping with the charm of the garden, like this iron divider

  

Then adding overhead structures, like this arbor for roses and clematis (and shade:)

See you on State Street

DianaDigsDirt

 

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Principals & Elements of Professional Wedding Designs

Whether you are designing/planning a wedding, painting, creating interior rooms or a landscape, professionals hired to assist with the task, knowing how a great design is developed. Don’t be overwhelmed with this list brides-to-be, only a few are targeted for wedding ceremonies and rehearsal dinners. Choose 3 or 4 and run with it or discuss with  your wedding planner. My comments will be added in Dark Blue.

Six Visual Elements

                   
    We think of the principles as ways to work with and arrange the elements.

Some Design Principals 
or design rules (some creative artists purposely break rules) This list is an example list. 
 

Emphasis – say “Center of Interest.” It is about dominance and influence. Most artists put it a bit off-center and balance it with some minor themes to maintain our interest. Some artists avoid emphasis on purpose. They want all parts of the work to be equally interesting. Brides-this is you, the focal point or emphasis

Harmony – As in music, complementary layers and/or effects can be joined to produce a more attractive whole. The composition is complex, but everything appears to fit with everything else. The whole is better than the sum of its parts.

Unity – When nothing distracts from the whole, you have unity. Unity without variation can be uninteresting – like driving on a clear day through Western Kansas on the interstate. Unity with diversity generally has more to offer in both art and in life.  Of course some very minimal art can be very calming and at times even very evocative. Even a simple landscape can have a powerful effect. Centerpieces usually have unity by the objects or material pulling the centerpieces together, like the red petals below

Opposition – uses contrasting visual concepts. That same Western Kansas “big sky” landscape becomes very dramatic and expressive when a storm builds in the southwest. Principles can grow out of any artistic device that is used to produce an effect on the viewer. This is true when most wedding colors are black and white.

Balance is the consideration of visual weight and importance. It is a way to compare the right and left side of a composition.                      

asymmetrcial

© marvin bartel

Asymmetrical balance is more interesting. Above both sides are similar in visual weight but not mirrored. It is more casual, dynamic, and relaxed feeling so it is often called informal balance.
Radial balance is not very common in artist’s compositions, but it is like a daisy or sunflower with everything arranged around a center. Rose windows of cathedrals use this design system. Of course a sunflower can have many meanings and feelings beyond its “radiant” feeling. Farmers might hate it as weed cutting into their corn production. On the other hand, many of us can’t help thinking about Vincent Van Gogh’s extraordinarily textured painted sunflowers. Once we have contemplated those thickly expressed colors and textures with their luscious painterly surface, every sunflower we see becomes an aesthetic experience filled with spiritual sensations.

The butterfly below by itself is essentially symmetrical.  Both sides are similar in visual weight and almost mirrored. Because symmetrical balance often looks more stiff and formal, sometimes it is called formal balance.

Of course a butterfly, even though it is symmetrical, doesn’t look stiff and formal because we think of fluttering butterflies as metaphors for freedom and spontaneity. It is a case of subject matter and symbolism overpowering formal design effects.
This is a simple diagram of radial balance.

 
  
  • Variety – You create variety when elements are changed. Repeating a similar shape but changing the size can give variety and unity at the same time. Keeping the same size, but changing the color can also give variety and unity at the same time. In visual composition, there are many ways you can change something while simultaneously keeping it the same.
  • Depth – effects of depth, space, projection toward the viewer add interest. Linear perspective in the real world makes things look smaller in the distance. Some artists try to avoid depth by making large things duller and small things brighter, and so on, to make the objects contradict realism. Many artists don’t believe in realism even though they could do it if they wanted to. It seems too boring to them. Realism wouldn’t be art for some artists.
  • Repetition – Some ways to use Repetition of the Visual Elements are:  
  • Size Variation can apply to shape, form, etc. Notice how size can effect how close or far something can appear to be from the viewer.         
size – ©marvin bartel

Here the same butterfly is shown twice.  Which one appears closer? Note how size relationships create depth or space in a composition. Children in first grade can already recognize closer and farther based on size even though they wouldn’t typically use this in their pictures unless they were motivated to do so.

  • Repetition can be used on all of the Visual Elements. If things are repeated without any change they can quickly get boring. However, repetition with variation can be both interesting and comfortably familiar. Repetition gives motion. This principal is almost automatic. Pick something and keep repeating for a dramatic effect, like centerpieces. Variegation comes in where flowers are not arranged symmetrically
  • Variation can be used with all of the visual elements. See “Variety” above. You can do this with all the elements. Artists do this all the time. Brides, you can still have repetition, but add a little variation (adds interest and mystery). All the vases below have the repetitive element of the fruit and only the flowers are varied.  
Color saturation, sometimes called “color intensity” or brightness can also give a feeling of depth and space. Which of these butterflies are farther away? Most second graders can see this effect when they are asked to look for it. These butterflies create the illusion of depth even though they are all the same size.

© marvin bartel
Overlapping is often used by artists to create depth. Young children try to avoid overlapping in their work. 

© marvin bartel 

 Some information is credited to Marvin Bartel

For additional ideas and assistance, please contact DianaDigsDirt (professional landscape designer) specializing in “Green” Wedding Design. Diana @ justacloudaway.com

 
 

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