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July 2014

Interesting Plant: Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia)

Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia) As a transplant from Ohio in midwestern/eastern America, cactus were very alien to me when I first moved to California. I simply hadn’t had any exposure to them. That said, I have developed an affinity for them over the years, whether in the dramatic saguaro of Arizona or our own native Opuntia […]

I am the epitome of the lazy gardener, but I must place some of the blame on my perennials.…from A Gardener’s Notebook

“Yes, I am probably the epitome of the lazy gardener, but I must place some of the blame on my perennials.  They are my enablers.  They make it easy to do a little bit of this, a little bit of that and then sit back and enjoy the show.“ From A Gardener’s Notebook by Douglas […]

Garden Inventory: Common Fig (Ficus carica)

Garden Inventory is a series where I begin an inventory of all the plants and trees in my garden. Along with some of my own pictures, I will link to various sources of information about each plant and tree so we can learn a little more together. As part of the Dog Days of Podcasting, and in […]

Summer in the Garden: Fiskars Garden Tools – Some of my favorites

I am always keeping a eye out for decent products for my own garden — even if they are just for my wish list. Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting a series of products that might fit in my garden — or yours! — Douglas Fiskars Garden Tools Some of […]

Noted: Get a Cool Garden Look With Gray and Blue Plants via Houzz

Get a Cool Garden Look With Gray and Blue Plants via Houzz Landscape by Other Metro Photographers David de la Luz We can do a lot with foliage. We can emphasize movement, create mystery or highlight a garden feature. Through color, foliage can also generate a mood. Blue and gray plants can recede to make […]

Subscribed 52: Growing Wisdom with David Epstein

Originally published as part of the “Subscribed” series on my New Media blog and podcast, Careers in New Media Growing Wisdom with David Epstein As a gardener, garden blogger and garden YouTuber myself, I always like to keep in touch with what other garden folks are doing online. I recently came across Garden Wisdom as a […]

Garden Alphabet: Ficus benjamina

Ficus benjamina Far beyond the small office or house trees you often see, my Ficus benjamina are large, dense trees that shade a large portion of my back garden. I don’t particularly like them — I find them a bit too pushy, but they do an excellent job of adding some green to the woodland […]

Noted: Great Design Plant: Beavertail Prickly Pear Wows With Color via Houzz

Great Design Plant: Beavertail Prickly Pear Wows With Color via Houzz Other by Phoenix Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Noelle Johnson Landscape Consulting Take a walk through the desert in spring or early summer, and you’ll halt at the sight of vivid magenta flowers bursting forth from this medium-size prickly pear. Beavertail prickly pear’s lack […]

Noted: Movable Wheelbarrow Bench from Improvised Life

Movable Wheelbarrow Bench from Improvised Life Rogier Design the Wheelbench with a built in wheelbarrow wheel. “Moving a bench with two people has always been a chore… This is a bench you can easily maneuver into position. The eye-catching wheel is an invitation to find the best spot. An invitation to be active, to create […]

Video: In the garden…July 9, 2014: Potting up the New Basil Cuttings

Potting up the new basil cuttings I showed off last week.   Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “Naturally Country in Norwalk, Ohio” and “My sister’s Ohio garden” Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle eBook. (You don’t need a Kindle to read it, […]