Category Archives: Your Reasoned Landscape

Reusing Antique Granites

Some of the handsomest granites for residential landscape use are those which were quarried and worked by stone cutters and masons a hundred years ago or more. With the wear of use and coloration from a century of  exposure to the elements, these stones have a patina of age. The granite bedrock formed around 4 […]

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Granite Splitting for Reuse

Reshaping Granite for Reuse …Sometimes the shapes of the old pieces of granite one comes across are not precisely the dimensions needed, and this is where the splitting illustrated below can be helpful. This curbstone was 18″ or so wide and about 8″ thick, as they often were, and an 8″ x 8″ post was […]

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Open Gardens in Marblehead 8/13/2011

Ellen Cool’s Garden at 19 Circle Street and two other Very Special Marblehead Gardens will be participating in the Open Days Program to Benefit The Garden Conservancy and The Marblehead Conservancy At any of the addresses, you just pay $5.00  to go in. We hope that you will bring your questions, enjoy the landscapes and […]

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Designing Your Views: Landscape Design Advisories / Chapter 6

Chapter  6 Designing Your Views You can lead the eye wherever you want to. Control Your views. Work around existing features Make whatever you add complementary to what you already like and will keep in the place. Plan to erase whatever does not please you. When you are designing your views, through your design, you […]

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Euphorbia, Beautiful but Sometimes Dangerous

EUPHORBIA WARNING!!!   BE CAREFUL OF THE SAP !!! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ When you trim ANY Euphorbia variety – and there are many lovely ones among the 2000 or so species in the Genus – Be Careful not to get the latex like sap that bleeds from cut stems onto your hands or face ……and Oh my Goodness, […]

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Snowy Valentines

Embossed Earth ……. Two touching stones in green embossed earth, moss joined each warm summer – Now in snow blanketing. Comforted. Soft impressions of themselves together, Bonded forms in a wide landscape of white. ……. …… …..……….

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Landscape Design in Snow

DRAWING IN YOUR SNOW Taking time over the drawing phase of your landscape making journey, whether in snow, on sand, lawn or paper, will strongly influence the quality of the choices you will ultimately make in the design of the things for your landscape. Drawing in snow is a pleasant way to get thoughts going […]

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Winter Arrangements, Indoors and Out

In my landscapes, evergreen branches that will need to be pruned anyway wait for that attention until I can use their lovely offcuts for decorative winter purposes. …………. You will see your tree and shrub elements alone in the winter, when there are fewer other plants around to distract you. It is a good time […]

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Dear Readers

* In the Spirit of Thanksgiving I wanted to thank you all for your thoughtful comments. They do encourage the work. I don’t answer comments because if I did I would never have time to write my articles, but I do think about the things you say, and my writing will reflect your input. Please […]

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Your Ecotome

ECOTOME This self describing noun is not much in current use, yet it would seem to me by its etymological origins that it could usefully be incorporated when referring to ones own local ecological context. The ‘local ecotome’ would refer to the surrounding area of which you are a part, the one whose ecological realities […]

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Fall Tending

Good Garden Housekeeping Fall tending in your garden will help all the winter compositions to show their best. There should be nothing to detract from the pictures, even in this season. Most herbaceous plants are trimmed down close to the earth now, but any that still look nice, by flowering or being evergreen, perhaps by […]

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November Nor’easter

………………………………………………………………. * The small grove of Maples I pass each late night Today were moon – lit Cross black blue and star white. …………… Nor’easter behind them, Their yellow leaf  hands Waved wildly at me, Those last leaves of the stand. ……………… Soon to be fallen, tonight was so dear, “Till next year” we said […]

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Plants as Beings

Plants are such dynamic living beings that ‘It’ just never seems to me to be the right pronoun to use in conversational and prose references. As one Horticulturally minded friend has said,  “referring to a plant as ‘It’ is absolutely Rude” For fun, try referring to particular plants, shrubs and trees too, as ‘he or […]

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Encouragement

The Tuft of Flowers ………………………..Robert Frost I went to turn the grass once after one Who mowed it in the dew before the sun. The dew was gone that made his blade so keen Before I came to view the leveled scene. I looked for him behind an isle of trees; I listened for his […]

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Propagating your Clematis

Certain methods of propagation are so simple that it would be a shame not to use them. If you take a stem or branch of some cherished woody plant, bend it down and bury it a few inches (or more) in the ground adjacent to the parent, you will have a good chance of getting […]

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Pruning Your Clematis

Prune After Flowering. This is the the general rule for all Clematis, as it is for most plant materials. But When After? This question has a long answer, but the situation does not need to be as puzzling as you might think. For most people the confusing thing is which Clematis to cut down substantially […]

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Clematis Clues

Clematis Vines Training and Pruning

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Some Things They Never Tell You

 …..About Planting Trees and Shrubs Decide and then tag the best faces of  your chosen individuals in the nursery. Look for the best faces of your chosen trees and shrubs when they are standing relaxed in the nursery. Tie a ribbon or somesuch to a branch at the front and center of the plant’s face […]

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 4 / The Logic of your Property

Landscape Advisories Chapter 4 THE PATH TO UNIFIED LOGIC As with almost everything, thinking in relationships will lead to unity in the outcome. Unity in both the functional and pictorial aspects of a place can best be accomplished if the designed portions are located and shaped for good relationships to other parts of the landscape […]

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About Ellen Cool and ‘A Reasoned Landscape’

ELLEN COOL Designer, PhD Biology,  Author @ AReasonedLandscape.com STONE GARDEN DESIGNS INC. Landscape Composition, Stonework. Garden Design, Creation, Restoration. With 34 years of Immersion in the Work of the Land. stonegardendesigns@comcast.net Garden Visits by Appointment 781 856 5600 19  Circle Street, Marblehead,  Mass  01945 “As time went by I realised that the particular place I had chosen […]

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If You don’t know where you’re going……..

If you don’t know where you’re going you’ll wind up someplace else.…….. ……………………………………………Yogi Berra …………………………. Studio of time and experience Here we experience the good and bad; What we have, and what we had – …………..This session , Not just another version……….. Saying is too much mix up – mix up! Saying is too much […]

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Happy Mothers Day

This Tree Peony is in bloom over a dwarf Pine for Mothers Day……unusually early this year. and this Crown of Asparagus was picked on Mothers Day morning.

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 2 / Approaching Your Land

Landscape Design Advisories Chapter 3 Approaching Your Land A Year of Observation Many of the plant materials and sylvan creatures of our northern landscapes appear and disappear through the course of the seasons, so it will require a year of observation just to fully see who lives on your land. You will want to know […]

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 3 / Deletions are First

Landscape Design Advisories Chapter 3 Deletions are First Start with the Givens. For the design of the all the work, from built work to plant work, you may first want to carefully consider which features of the property will or will not be altered. The features that definitely remain are your ‘givens’, fundamental in directing […]

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Begin Before the Beginning

” The Red Queen gave Alice sage advice on storytelling when she said, ‘Begin at the beginning, go on until you come to the end, and then stop.’ But it is advice that I seldom follow. I usually begin somewhere before the beginning; write until the beginning identifies itself; and I always run the stop […]

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