With Autumn lasting so long this year, the leaves have held on and given us a breathtaking show - both fallen and hanging on for dear life! Even at dusk gardens and landscapes seem to glow. It's been a treat. This week we are looking at copper outside. We predicted it here 2 years ago, and with the rising enthusiasm to apply copper to interiors, alongside it comes the same trend emerging in gardens and landscapes. Bang on.
Copper is a favourite here and always has been. For me this comes from memories of my mum's collection of copper pans in the kitchen and her monthly ritual of polishing them up. This was magical - newspapers set out on the kitchen table on a Sunday then the pans were pulled from their rack and placed upside down ready for much polishing to commence. The process of this was all about patience and belief. The first time I tried I was not a believer. I buffed away at this dreary looking pan and could not fathom how it could ever glow and sparkle again. At the point of admitting defeat I was told that this is when I had to pursue. Unimpressed, I plodded on and then it did happen. The copper began to beam, and the more I buffed the brighter it shone.
Now I appreciate the beauty of copper in all its stages. It appeals that it fades from such vibrancy and takes on a whole different charm in its more muted phases or left to pass over to verdigris. And it is ever changing. That is beautiful in the context of a garden or landscape throughout the seasons.
So on that note we present you with a visual feast of copper in the form of material & tone. The application of copper to a scheme has to be balanced just right. Rusted coppery tones that change with light can be introduced in the landscaping with materials, the greenscaping with planting palettes and at the styling and setting stage of a scheme with gorgeous lights, planters and so on. It's Copper time...
nova: ' a star showing a sudden large increase in brightness and then slowly returning to its original state over a few months.' We can all appreciate the qualities of 'that which fades' and afterall, isn't that what Autumn is all about? Autumn 2013 has shone very bright indeed.
It's about to get very festive around here. We refuse however to unleash our enthusiasm for Christmas on you until at least the 1st of December (only 36 days and 4 hours to go by the way...) and so have one more very Autumnal blog here in November.
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by Adrienne & The HC Gardens Team
This Blog pays tribute to Helena
HC Gardens 2011 Copper Blog / Copper Trend
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