Masterpiece Landscaping Blog

August 22, 2012

Just a Note about Masterpiece Clients

I believe I write for all of us at Masterpiece that this landscape season we have had a wonderul group of new clients to add to our company’s family of beautiful grounds.

At a group of over 75 clients who gathered at our home grounds last Thursday I asked our clients how many were offered a plan by Masterpiece as we began our landscape projects at their homes.

I knew the answer, of course. I sought the drama and the following laughter.

No one, of course, raised their hand. It is our job to provide our clients with as much beauty as the money available can provide. And, we usually work in stages.

We do interview homeowners regarding their interests and expectations. Do they entertain? Do the plan to live the rest of their lives in their present home? Do they have children? Do they like stone, boulders, and if so, with what kind of look?

Most home grounds in the Twin City area are not well landscaped.

Most home owners beg for low maintenance……Most of our clients gain interest to play in the gardened grounds after we have developed them. If one owns beauty one usually wants to keep it beautiful.

Most Twin Citians are not familiar with the wide variet of plant material now available for the Minnesota home grounds.

We encourge that they review projects we have already been developing…..and remind them that Gardens, like People, gain Character with Age.
Beauty is not culturally or educationally valued in America presently. We live in a time when we are supposed to be made equal one to another, leaving beauty out of thinking.

If something is deemed beautiful, it automatically suggests that something is less beautiful.

Everything deemed equally beautiful is by definition equally ugly. Huge boulders of equal size are equally small.

We have had a good month…..and have landscaped for the finest of people for whom we have worked for the very first time. One sent us the following email just yesterday.

It reads:

“Thought I would share that tonight three of the neighbors stopped by because they wanted to see your work. They loved everything and thought it was so peaceful and different! Six of the kids were playing on all of the rocks around the fire pit! They all loved it….and we do too! It turned out so much better than we anticipated! The really neat thing is that it looks as beautiful from our basement windows as it does from our deck and standing in the back yard!

By the way, all of the guys were so friendly. I worked from home for a couple of hours on a couple of different times this week and got the chance to say hello to your crew. They were so courteous and wanted our thoughts and to make sure we liked the placement of the plants and watering system. Absolutely amazing service…and your guys are very proud and knowledgeable about their work!”

Are the grounds where you live or work as beautiful as you believe they should be?

If not, why don’t you give us a call, too…..952 933 5777

August 21, 2012

What Happened to the Minnesota Plant Police?

Filed under: battling the Minnesota climate,shrubs and trees — glenn @ 12:56 pm

We learn these days from university that certain plants are evil. Their school room instructors demand the public help the sainted to rid our pristine world of certain things foul.

Many of us humans are not quite yet actually on their lists, but a lot of plants are. We learn which ones both from people in politics and from neighbors with public enthusiasm who seek purpose in life. For twenty years now university disciples, people indoors and out have been culling our vegetative environment prmarily of two species, Common Buckthorn and Purple Loosestrife.

Some Minnesotans’ good character is dependent upon how many of these and other species must be killed to make the 32nd state of our Union a better place in which to live. We are politically and educationally programmed these days to eliminate the idea that some plants are more beautiful than others. If something is beautiful, the inference follows that something is less beautiful. That would make something less equal….Oh my!

At university in fields outside the ‘real’ sciences, engineering, and math we are measured by how equal we people must be created as a sign of the nation’s moral, political and success. This seems to be our modern way.

Will Fernleaf Buckthorn kindly enter this stage?
I know this statement is remarkably old fashioned…..but I do believe it and wish to state it. It is one of the most beautiful understory trees in our Minnesota landscape garden repetoire. ……Or, it used to be, because for more than a decade, even perhaps two, buckthorn has, by power of law, I believe, been banned from growing in hallowed Minnesota.

These police have not yet moved into Iowa to my knowledge. Yet, despite all, the strangest thing happened “gardenwise” two days ago. I got a call from a garden friend who announced that the Fernleaf Buckthorn was in the store AND for sale to the public, the suspecting and the unsuspecting. Would I like to buy any?

Dear fellow and fellowess landscape gardener….what do you think was my reply?

“How many can I buy?” is indeed what I said…..asked! I bought.
I have planted perhaps forty to fifty of these specimen beauties over my landscape business career……when they were available at the local nurseries. I have one, not a particularly showy one in the front garden. Even though it is quite plain in contrast to other fernleaf buckthorn I have planted elsewhere, few plants, perhaps none, have caused more questions regarding its name and place where it can be purchased……just a hint of its unique ability to cause attention upon itself.

The asking public is shocked when I confess it is a Buckthorn……(although without thorns and without berries quite typical of this species whereever grown.

No plant beyond turf grass is more popularly known in Minnesota vocabulary than Buckthorn.
Few plants in the knowledgeable landscape world in Minnesota is more cherished that the Fernleaf Buckthorn.

It is likely that by tomorrow afternoon, my supply of fresh fernleaf buckthorn plants will have disappeared. Fellow gardeners, no one in the world will force me to tell the eco-police where they went.