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Window boxes, indoors, and out
Cramer, James (James Edward)
Publication Information:
New York : Artisan, 1999.
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175 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
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Orchard Park Library SB419 .C645 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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When design magazines want new and fresh ideas, they turn to James Cramer and Dean Johnson. In Window Boxes, Indoors & Out these two gardeners, designers, artists, and stylists bring a wealth of talent and the freshest eye to the close-up pleasures of window boxes. The book spans a year of invention and innovation at Seven Gates Farm, the authors' nineteenth-century homestead and studio. The results are inspired ideas, hard-working advice, and more than 150 dazzling photographs of these delightful still lifes.

Given four seasons in which to flourish, this once spring/summer-only pleasure goes well beyond traditional garden planters and herb baskets. Found objects are given new life as containers for these beautiful tableaux, and everything from wreaths and swags to simple rustic groupings becomes an indoor design element for every room. A full source guide for locating containers, plants, and flowers rounds out this exceptional volume.



SUN we keep a bag of sandy soil premixed in the potting shed se we can create a quick display whenever we come across some interesting new varieties. Every bit as beautiful are shady glens and nooks, where foliage is more effective than flowers. In fact, the newest thing in gardening today is big foliage, few flowers, and sometimes no flowers at all. The colours of leaves and their shapes and sizes are the focus, and the contrast between dark and light creates a serene effect that's soothing to the eye. In late summer, we feed the window boxes and the gardens with 20-20-20 fertilizer, to force the last blooms from the flowers and grant us a final display of color and greenery. Then as the curtain falls on the season, everything gets a good pruning. We used to do this promptly, bringing on fall as soon as we could. But with every passing year, we're slowing the pace, holding on to the glory of summer for as long as we possibly can. Excerpted from Window Boxes: Indoors & Out. Copyright (c) 1999 by Mary Seehafer Sears. Reprinted with permission by Artisan. Excerpted from Window Boxes: Indoors and Out by James Cramer, Dean Johnson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Groundworkp. 11
Spring: New Beginningsp. 14
Starting Seeds
Spring Boxes
Easter Boxes
May Day Boxes
Herb Boxes
Staddle Stone Box
Summer: The Good Lifep. 52
Summer Boxes
Sun & Shade
Scent Boxes
Fruits & Vegetables
Water Boxes
Quick-Change Shelf
Autumn: Extending the Seasonp. 90
Colors of Autumn
Bird Feed Box
Harvest Boxes
Halloween Boxes
Victorian Box
Copper Box
Winter: Changesp. 130
Christmas Boxes
Winter Resting Box
New Year's Eve Box with Candle Holder
Valentine's Day Box
Forcing Bulbs
Forcing Paperwhites
Winter Conservatory
Shard Box
Glass Boxes
Source Guidesp. 173
Seeds, Bulbs, and Plants
Acknowledgmentsp. 175

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