M-J de Mesterton

Monday, May 30, 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016

Elegant Morning Glory

Morning Glory Has Begun Climbing the Trellis, and Will Soon Be Covering It, Improving the Look of this Garden Corner
©M-J de Mesterton 2016

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Elegant Summer Garden

The best cactus and palm gardens are made up of sturdy, architecturally elegant plants that are suited to the zone.

 Rare is the leafy, flowering  plant that will look healthy all day long in summer heat. This corner of my garden hosts morning glories  that have been trained to grow up over a bare ficus trunk. They bloom from sunrise until the sun becomes too hot for them, around 9:30 a.m., at which time their blossoms close and the leaves shrink a bit until later in the day when the extreme light begins to subside. These morning glories were planted in late spring from seeds that had been collected from the plants last winter.
©M-J de Mesterton 2015

Cactus Flowers of Late Spring in M-J's Elegant Garden
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Elegant White and Pink Bouquet

Pink-Tinged White Roses and Fluffy White Carnations are Combined to Create a Delicately Beautiful, Fragrant Bouquet ©M-J de Mesterton 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

M-J's Elegant Garden Furniture

Plastic furniture is all right indoors, especially if it is in the high-styled modern idiom, and was created by or emulates that of 1950s and 1960s designers such as Eero Saarinen. But outdoors, one ideally will have garden or patio furniture made from wrought iron or of teak-wood, which will not deteriorate from exposure to the elements. Wooden and iron furniture exists in perfect harmony with landscaping and nature, especially when made in greens, browns, and other earth-tones.

Here is my Princeton, New Jersey garden courtyard, where I had outdoor dining furniture by the now-defunct, elegant wrought-iron furniture company Lyon-Shaw, and a smaller chat-table in iron, wicker and tile, by Alfresco Home.
My Elegant Patio Furniture Blends with the Garden

Peach Tree

Ripening Peaches

Peaches on July 27th, 2012
This peach tree has a rather deep well around its trunk, and outside this frequently-watered cavity, a ground cover of egg-sized stones helps it to conserve water.
©M-J de Mesterton