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August 2014

Reflection… from A Gardener’s Notebook

“The month-end is always a good time for reflection. Reflection on our lives, our gardens and ourselves. At least in the garden we can easily see what has been accomplished and what has been left for another day. If only our lives were so easily sorted out..“ From A Gardener’s Notebook by Douglas E. Welch DouglasEWelch.com  […]

Noted: Garden Tech: An App to Water Your Lawn via Gardenista

Garden Tech: An App to Water Your Lawn via Gardenista What can’t a smartphone do these days? It can buy you lattes, find out the baseball score, and measure how many steps you take in a day. It can check the weather forecast, and turn on your irrigation system. And if you’re using Hydros, a […]

Noted: Get Your Garden Moving for a Magical Mood via Houzz

Get Your Garden Moving for a Magical Mood via Houzz Contemporary Landscape by Seattle Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers AHBL   truly spectacular and deeply satisfying garden, no matter how simple it appears to be, is designed with multiple layers of interest. In fact, the appearance of simplicity may be deceiving. The Saturday-morning DIY shows […]

Noted: 15 Great Ideas for a Lawn-Free Yard via Houzz

15 Great Ideas for a Lawn-Free Yard via Houzz Mediterranean Landscape by Walnut Creek Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Huettl Landscape Architecture   The lawn has enjoyed decades of popularity, and while there are still plenty of things to love about a great lawn, that expanse of green can sometimes be more trouble than it’s […]

Noted: Create Garden Mystery With a Zigzag Path via Houzz

Create Garden Mystery With a Zigzag Path via Houzz Tropical Landscape by San Rafael Architects & Building Designers VITA Planning and Landscape Architecture Bed and pathway lines are important to how we view and navigate our gardens. A good garden designer will employ these shapes to influence moods and to dictate how and how quickly […]

Garden Alphabet: Olive (near Morgantina, Sicily)

Olive (near Morganitina, Sicily) Three years ago we visited the ancient Greek (later Roman) city of Morgantina. We ate our pranza (lunch) under this olive tree that shaded the parking lot. Olives seem to epitomize Italy and Sicily to me. Olives (and their flavorful oil) are an essential part of everyday life in Sicily — […]

Book: The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting by Jessie Jeffery

The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting by Jessie Jeffery Sometimes the best format for a book is digital. The Mix & Match Guide has good information, but I think it is presented in the wrong format. I wanted to like book, as is has much information that is useful and the design of […]

In the garden…August 13, 2014: Colors, textures and movements of the garden

Today’s In the Garden… video js an an exploration of the colors, textures and movements of the garden over a lovely soundtrack by composer Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) Kevin has recently been hired by YouTube to create more music for the recently added YouTube Audio Library. All the music is free to use (and monetize) on […]

Noted: Ferns: A Shade Gardener’s Best Friend via Houzz

Ferns: A Shade Gardener’s Best Friend via Houzz Farmhouse Landscape by Millbrook Architects & Building Designers Crisp Architects   Shade gardeners seem to have more garden envy than any group of gardeners I know. They drool over dahlias, linger over lantana and swoon over salvias, knowing deep down that these plants would soon meet their […]

Garden Decor: Stone walkway with river rock

Stone walkway with river rock Japanese gardens and design have always fascinated me and this amazing pathway I discovered on Pinterest is a great example of the best of that craft. The stone, the moss and the other plantings seamlessly connect into a lovely whole that holds more impact than any of the elements would […]