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July 2014

Garden Alphabet: Magnolia Grandiflora

Magnolia Grandiflora These large trees, with heavy, waxy leaves and large, blowzy flowers are quite common here in Los Angeles. They put on quite a show each year and seem to grep quite reliably and trouble free. As you might see in the photo, the bees like them, too. Follow DouglasWelch in Instagram Magnolia grandiflora, […]

Video: In the garden…July 3, 2014: Basil Cuttings and Propagation

Showing off some successful basil cuttings and hoping for more 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, […]

Noted: Create a Garden That Tells a Story via Houzz

Create a Garden That Tells a Story via Houzz Landscape by Charlotte Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Jay Sifford Garden Design An exceptional garden tells a story. The story can reflect the personality of its creator or tell about the land from which the garden emanates. A bubbling brook, birds chirping or wind rustling through […]

Noted: Y for Yucca via Crafty Gardener

Y for Yucca via Crafty Gardener Yucca or Adam’s Needle is a gorgeous, tall perennial, ornamental plant for the garden. It is classified as an evergreen shrub that doesn’t shed its needles and it doesn’t have a trunk. It likes dry and sandy soil conditions. A friend gave me 3 yucca plants in the summer […]

Noted: Garden Roundup: 10 Perfect Party Spaces in the City by Barbara Peck via Gardenista

Garden Roundup: 10 Perfect Party Spaces in the City by Barbara Peck via Gardenista You can make a party in the city just by hanging out on the stoop. But what if you don’t have a stoop? Maybe you’re lucky enough to actually have a city garden? Here are 10 great spaces on the east […]

Summer in the Garden: Highwood Hamilton Folding and Reclining Adirondack Chair

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 Highwood Hamilton Folding and Reclining […]

Garden Decor: Birchbark Bird Houses

Birchbark Bird Houses Growing up in the eastern United States, I have a definite, in-born, affinity for birchbark on almost anything. Scanning through Pinterest, these bird houses caught my eye immediately. Bichbark always speaks of the outdoors, cold Winters, beautiful woods and the lakeside cabins. While these bird houses look more decorative than functional, they […]

Noted: Make Your Garden Come Alive With a Sense of Movement via Houzz

 Make Your Garden Come Alive With a Sense of Movement via Houzz Asian Landscape by Capay Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Facciuto Landscape Design & Construction An exceptional garden employs bold and subtle concepts such as rhythm, formal and asymmetrical balance, texture, shape and color to give it a personality. It speaks to its visitors […]

Noted: Before & After: A California Yard Made Easy via Studio G

Before & After: A California Yard Made Easy via Studio G Hey everyone! I hope all your landscapes are thriving with color and curiosity during this first week of summer! It’s been a beautiful June here in Wisconsin– lots of rain, but nothing a good rain jacket won’t take care of. The flowers are loving […]

Flowering Now: Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) – June 26, 2014

Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) I almost thought this was a banana tree flowering in my neighborhood on my walk the other day, but a quick Google search showed me that this is a Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai). The leaves look similar to banana, but the flowers are quite different. The flowers are […]