Where on EARTH Have We Been? A Few Places. Here Are Some Updates…

Dear readers, we’ve missed you. Thank you for your notes and your “Where the phlox are you?!” emails over the last few months. Yes, the blog was mostly quiet this last summer…but our Instagram continues to be popping! Lately that’s been our go-to platform where we post updates from the yard, from the gingko-lined streets, and from Ryan’s furniture-designing brain just about every day, if not multiple times a day. You can find blink-and-you’ll-miss-them videos on Instagram Stories alongside our more curated photos in the feed.

That said, we have been in the wilderness a bit, figuratively and literally. These uncharted territories have been both exciting and challenging. We’ll have to save the full story for you at a later date, but here’s a quick update on where we’ve been, and what’s up next.

Y’all: We got a book deal. We’re delighted to announce that we’re writing a book! The Window Box Garden—forthcoming from Clarkson Potter in Spring of 2018—will show you how to build and plant window boxes in colorful, fun and inventive ways. We’re putting a fresh spin on sill gardening with plant combinations both classic (like viney New Orleans style) and unexpected (you’ll have the read the book to find out…). 

We went searching for window boxes in Rome and we found window jungles.

We’re in the new Stylemakers bookazine out now from Better Homes & Gardens. And we got to meet the wonderful BHG team during the recent Stylemakers event in New York. The first day took place inside the dreamy, leafy Gramercy Park Hotel, where the rockin’ moss wall by Planted Design was at the center of the action. There were panels and workshops and many chances to mingle with style bloggers and design movers and shakers. Crate & Barrel president Woody Woodward discussed design distortion, for example, lengthening the stem of a wine glass to turn a staple product into a hot seller. Padma Lakshmi got into the transformative power of spices, her favorite places to eat in NYC (including ’80s/’90s standby Indochine) and what she puts on the table when entertaining, like her spiced punch cooled by a ring edible flowers frozen into a bundt cake mold.

Another high point? When BHG editor-in-chief Stephen Orr took home one of our garden-fresh guavas.

We’re working on bringing you more posts this fall!

As gardeners we all know that patience is essential. We thank you for yours. Looking forward to sharing more stories as the leaves turn gold. 


Ryan is currently spending the weekend in Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy.