On Saturday, September 21, members of the Southern California chapter of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) arrived at Eye of the Day early to be greeted with a nice cup of coffee and a tour conducted by our leader, Brent. For many members, it was the first time they had seen our extensive collection of French Anduze pottery, Italian and Greek terra cotta pottery and American Gladding McBean pottery (to highlight a few parts of the collection). Brent regaled the group with the history of Eye of the Day and talked about our dedication to our trade customers. The focus then shifted to our new partner, Paul MacCauley of Vecchio Trees. Paul lead an informative discussion of Eye of the Day as the first Vecchio Tree Station and provided details about the fantastic quality of stock offered by Vecchio Trees and the simple procedures for the designers to follow in order to provide their customers with the highest quality olive trees, old vines, pomegranate, citrus and palm trees. Matthew Romsa of Bamboo Pipeline followed, with a history and description of the company and and in-depth discussion of the services and plants available. Eye of the Day staff enjoyed hosting the APLD for lunch and providing an informative stop during their field trip to Santa Barbara.
The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) was founded in 1989 to advance the profession of landscape design. The association provides trained professionals who can help their clients achieve the gardens they truly desire.
Greek Pottery. Facts: Greece, particularly Crete, has a rich heritage in the art of ceramics, dating back about 12,000 years and passed from generation to generation to the present day. Earth and water are mixed until a workable clay is formed, then slowly the pots and urns are shaped and left to dry before being baked in traditional kilns fired with olive pits and pressed olives at high temperatures for at least 14 hours. They are then cooled for another 14 hours, filled with water and left for at least 24 hours as part of the process to ensure excellent resistance to high and low temperatures. The finished vessels have traditionally been used for preserving and storing food, ointments, oil and wine and for decorating the Minoan Palace. They continue to be as practical and functional today as they have always been.
Greek Pottery. EXCITEMENT!: Eye of the Day loves the days that bring a container of pottery. French pottery, Italian pottery, American pottery. This time the container was packed with Greek pottery – planters, pots, urns of an amazing assortment of shapes and sizes. The Greek pottery is the only pottery we import that is still hand thrown. It is affordable and excellent for Mediterranean and Southwest design, but Greek terra cotta is at home anywhere. They are extremely popular and seem to leave the store with practically everyone.
Here are the FACTS: The olive tree is hardy: drought-resistant, disease-resistant and fire-resistant. Its root system is able to regenerate the tree even if the above-ground structure is destroyed. It prefers limestone slopes and crags as well as a coastal climate, though any light soil, even clay. If well drained, will work, but rich soil can invite disease. Hot weather makes every olive tree happy, and temperatures below 14 degrees could injure even a mature tree. Drought doesn’t seem to be a problem, thanks to extensive root systems, and the majestic Olive tree can live for several hundred years.
Here is the ROMANCE: No tree is better suited to a Mediterranean or Southwestern landscape design than the olive. With it’s shimmering, silvery green leaves and rustic, gnarled trunk and branches, a mature olive tree can be placed center stage to become a living architectural focal point in the garden. As a Vecchio Tree Station, Eye of the Day can provide fully mature, majestic olive trees ready to be delivered and placed within a week of ordering. Photographs of the vast selection of trees available can be emailed to our customers and soon Eye of the Day will have several Vecchio Trees on site.
Time to build and plant your Mediterranean dream…
Eye of the Day Garden Design Center is becoming the first “Vecchio Station” for Vecchio Trees enabling customers to conveniently purchase directly from the grower through Eye of the Day. Vecchio Trees provides field grown olive trees in various varieties and trunks up to 8’ in diameter. Premium trees, designated “Vecchio Gold” are available as one-of-a-kind specimen trees and all trees can be delivered typically within five working days. Also available are mature citrus, fig, pomegranate, Italian Cypress and almond trees, which will add a timeline to any property’s landscaping. Eye of the Day will be working closely with customers and Vecchio Trees’ staff to identify, tag and deliver.
Do you know where your Olive Tree is from?
Knowledge is key. Knowing what variety of tree you want can be important. Eye of the Day is getting different olive trees for you to select from over the next several weeks so we thought we would begin to describe the different varieties for you. Vecchio Trees will fulfill orders and deliver. Eye of the Day will showcase their olive trees. Pictured here is the most popular Manzanillo Olive tree.