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June 2014

Noted: Make Your Own Tranquil Garden Fountain via Houzz

Make Your Own Tranquil Garden Fountain Contemporary Landscape by Walnut Creek Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Huettl Landscape Architecture Versailles. The White House. The Taj Mahal. Each has an outdoor space with one thing in common: a water feature. The sound of running water instantly brings a sense of relaxation to any setting. And while […]

Garden Decor: Copper Fence Cap Pyramid from Two Thirty-Five Design

Copper Fence Cap Pyramid from Two Thirty-Five Design This immediately caught my eye, although now I don’t remember which site I first discovered it on. The author shows it being used as an indoors design element, but I think it would be great in any contemporary garden. It would weather nicely, giving you that lovely […]

Video: In the garden…June 17, 2014: Soaker hose repairs, failed water timers and container update

Finally back in the garden after some busy weeks. Soaker hoses need repair and a check in on the containers. ** Watch the video “Repairing a damaged soaker hose” mentioned in this video. Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “In the garden…June 22, 2013” Check out my collection of gardening […]

Noted: Garden Visit: An Enchanted Garden in Sweden by Michelle Slatalla via Gardenista

Garden Visit: An Enchanted Garden in Sweden by Michelle Slatalla via Gardenista One would expect to find lavish gardens surrounding the stone castle-turned-hotel called Häringe Slott, near Stockholm. And one would not be disappointed: Above: Located on the edge of a nature preserve a half-hour drive from Stockholm, the Häringe estate’s sprawling gardens date to […]

Noted: 4 Simple Steps to Grow a Hundred Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel via Green Upgrader

4 Simple Steps to Grow a Hundred Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel via Green Upgrader Container gardening isn’t only for savvy urban gardeners and folks with limited space to grow, it can also be for folks who want to maximize their yields in a controlled environment. Not only does growing potatoes in a barrel […]

Flowering Now: Water Lily (Nymphaeaceae)

Flowering Now: Water Lily (Nymphaeaceae) I caught these water lilies in bloom during a video recording assignment at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook “Nymphaeaceae /ˌnɪmfiːˈeɪsiː/ is a family of flowering plants. Members of this family are commonly called water lilies and live in freshwater areas […]

Interesting Plant: Fuchsia

Fuchsia Fuchsia are one of those plants that just blows you away at every turn. There are so many , varieties, each with their own special coloration, flower shape and growing habit. I recently saw a Gardener’s World segment on fuchsia and was amazed once again. A little research shows that are even some native […]

“Mark out an area of your garden” from A Gardener’s Notebook

“Mark out an area in your garden, sit down – better yet, lie down on your belly – and start to take note of every living thing you see there.  First off you’ll see the grass, the daylilies, the small weeds.  Then look deeper.  You’ll see ants, aphids, beetles and a host of other insects.  […]

Noted: Planting Seeds Is Easier With Garden Row Markers via Our Little Acre

Planting Seeds Is Easier With Garden Row Markers via Our Little Acre As a garden writer, I receive a number of garden products to try in my own garden each year, some new, some not. I enjoy doing this because in some cases, it allows me to try something I’d never heard of before and […]

Garden Alphabet: Campsis radicans

Campsis radicans Another lovely flowering vine — this one from my own garden. This camps is vine has arrived each year like clockwork since we moved in 18 years ago. It is deciduous, leaving only woody stems when it is dormant. It is getting more water this year, and seems more active than usual including […]