Isn't it great when two of your favorite things come together? Matt Damon guest stars on 30 Rock, Clotilde Dusoulier starts writing for Martha Stewart Living, and Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua gets a column for Garden Design… I am hopelessly hooked on Sarah's Saipua blog, and find myself poring over the archives late at night. It is a rare and incredible combination of masterful floral splendor and… sass. I'm using the word "sass" as in the original Sassy magazine, in which high-spirits, smarts, toughness, sweetness, sarcasm, and hilarity all came together for non-stop fascination. A lot of what passes for sass these days is so disappointing. You have to back it up! Anyway, Sarah does nothing but back it up, sharing gorgeous shots of her work, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the floral and wedding worlds, wonderfully terrible music, and so much more. Raw, entertaining, inspiring, and so fun, like a smart-girl slumber party crossed with a damn impressive career.
I recently discussed my love for Garden Design, and finally took the plunge and got a subscription! Vogue, Wired, and Garden Design: I'll be ready for whatever comes my way, right? Each issue of Garden Design is unique, and surprising. Prairie fires, the moss gardens of Japan, black plants, a love-hate relationship with topiaries- they cover it all. I've really enjoyed all of the writing, and the way the writers are allowed to express their personalities, and think Sarah will be an excellent addition.
Her first post is about container gardening, a topic close to all of our city-dwelling hearts, or as she writes, "The realm of container gardening is always championed by the city dweller and born of necessity." Sarah's garden has a special role, however, often providing extra-special leaves & blossoms for extra-special bouquets. To think that a spectacular flower in a bride's bouquet could have been grown on a tiny strip of sidewalk! Here I must confess to land-envy: I am 99% sure that if I put plants in front of my building, they would be defiled and/or stolen by the time I got back up to my apartment. Does anyone have any tips for maintaining/protecting a sidewalk garden? In the meantime, let's daydream…
Image: Sarah Ryhanen for Garden Design Magazine