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Music for the Eye - Curves in the Landscape

  I wrote this post in my new substack 'Jan Johnsen's Gardentopia'  - go here to read it and see the photos:


Life moves on and so do I. I am going from being a Blogger to a 'Substacker'! Please follow me there: Go to Jan Johnsen's Gardentopia   and please subscribe.  Every week I will post something of interest to garden lovers and garden designers. I started my new substack with a great quote. It is why I share all that I do. Please follow me on Substack. "The world is moving into a phase when landscape design may  well be recognized  as the most comprehensive of the arts. Man creates around him an environment that is a projection into nature of his abstract ideas." - Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe

'Being There' - Garden Wisdom for the Ages

Peter Sellers in 'Being There'  One of my favorite movies is "Being There," a 1979 film  starring Peter Sellers.  It was directed by Hal Ashby, adapted from a novella by Jerzy Kozinski.    Sellers plays Chance, the gardener, who tends the grounds of an estate in Washington, DC.   'Being There' movie poster Chance  has the mind of a child ( the role is a forerunner to Forrest Gump )  and knows only two things:   gardening and TV .   He is reclusive and illiterate and has lived and worked on this property his entire life.  W hen his boss,  the Old Man, dies at the beginning of the film he finds himself on the street and is soon inadvertently walking the halls of power and prestige.  His encounters with highly placed people are  very  funny. They are charmed by his simplicity and honesty.  They think 'Chauncy Gardiner' is a wise and profound man who uses metaphors of the garden to answer deep and thorny questions, when

Time to Renew Your Garden Tools

Every year I repost this at the right time.  Now is the time! - Jan Winter is the time to get your garden tools in shape... hand tools such as shovels, picks, trowels, loppers, etc. should be cleaned, sharpened and well oiled. Steel wool can clean off any rust or caked-on dirt. And pure white vinegar works to remove rust too:  pour into a bucket or small plastic tub. Submerse rusty pruning shears in the solution and soak overnight, or roughly 24 hours.  The acid of the  vinegar eats away  at most of the surface rust.  Wash off the next day...for more on this go to the  Backyard Boss article  on cleaning pruning shears.  This photo is from a great article about renewing your tools.  Click here .  But the most important thing I have found is to make sure to  oil the tools . It is a rust preventative and a wood saver.  Moss in the City A while back, in our shop (I own a landscape design/project management firm and we have lots of tools) we would have a lar