Sunday, November 6, 2011

Garden Thankfulness

As Thanksgiving approaches, I start to think about all the things I am thankful for.   Family, friends and the life I've been blessed with are, of course, at the top of my list.  But just for fun, I've listed a few things I am thankful for as a landscape designer and a High Desert gardener.

Photo by Mike Putnam Photography
I would like to give thanks to our
dry, High Desert climate with freezing temperatures 10 months out of the year.  This climate keeps the slugs, snails and most other slimy creatures out of my garden. 


Color.  Color.  Color.  Color.  Color.  Color.  Color.  Color. Color.

Wall mount planters by Architectural Pottery
Color in the garden is a beautiful thing. Whether it is a piece of furniture, a planter or unique art that you have found along your journeys, it will always add character and interest to your garden.  I am thankful for these great outdoor living stores that offer these magnificent colors!

Landscape by Blooming Desert Landscapes
Bright planters from AW Pottery showroom.

I am also thankful that Atlas makes pink and purple gardening gloves. My husband wouldn't DARE borrow those for the day!

I love that there are so many cute gardening tools and accessories for our little helpers out there.  These adorable watering cans are hard to pass up.  This summer, I found some really cute ones at Moonfire and Sun Nursery here in Bend.  You can also seek out these cuties at other local plant nurseries, Target and sometimes even hardware stores.

Any designer or artist that has taken courses in graphics can relate to this blessing.  Prismacolor pens and pencils and Fabriano paper.  Soooo dreamy! 

When I was in college for my B.S. in Landscape Architecture, I had an ongoing dilemma.  Should I buy pizza for dinner or a few more prismacolor pens for my project over the weekend?  Let me tell you that the colors are quite mesmerizing.  What's one more night with Top Ramen. Am I right?  You designers know what I'm talking about.  Even though I design mostly on my computer now, I still have a love for the hand to paper drafting work.

I would love to hear what it is that you are thankful for this season!


  1. I laughed when I read your comment about food vs. Prismacolors!

    Great eye candy - and we share a passion for AW pottery. LOVE those guys - Chris Jacobs is the best.

  2. You have certainly found some lovely things for which to be grateful. I share thanks for many of them. Love the prismacolors!

  3. Hi Shannon
    Always happy when I find a sympatico new blogs via Blotanical.
    Between the desert vista and colorful design ideas, I'm hooked!
    I have lots to learn about high desert gardening.
    Will look to connect with you on Facebook. My page... Alice's Garden Travel Buzz

  4. Same here. All computer work now, but I do remember those hand renderings. So much more feeling and the look of art.

  5. we take our attention off our habitual complaining mind, and continually make ourselves aware of what we are receiving, moment by moment, day by day.