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Pinterest: Great Design Plant: Paperbark Maple from Houzz.com

I love maple trees and this article from Houzz.com on using Paperbark Maple helped me to remember why. I only wish maples grew better here in Southern California. They need a cold period each year, though, to really thrive like they do back in my hometown in Ohio. Source: houzz.com via Douglas on Pinterest Read […]

Pinterest: Excellent cottage garden path

I would love to be able to build such a lush garden here in Los Angeles, but it seems the dry weather, and the number of mature trees I have, limits the possibilities. I love the way the plants and flowers spill over the path. It just makes it feel so exuberant. The rambling rose […]

Pinterest: Combine pallet wood, old table and a whole bunch of succulents into this living table

Step by step instructions on how they changed an old table in to a lovely tabletop succulent garden. It is always great to see unique re-use/recycle projects that create something beautiful for the home. In this case, the plants probably cost more than the reset of the structure, but the result is excellent, I can […]

Pinterest: A Organ Pipe Cactus Wall

Wow, what an elegant wall for a desert garden. This looks to be Organ Pipe Cactus (Lemaireocereus marinates) and a little research shows that it has often been used for natural fencing in the past. You can find more information through this Google Search on Organ Pipe Cactus. Like hedges in the UK, I love natural barriers for […]

Pinterest: Quite an elegant — and green — outdoor dining table

How about a living table for your outdoor dining, complete with a rivulet down the middle? This striking table caught my eye as I scrolled through my Pinterest feed the other day. It looks to be constructed of COR-TEN steel and would be a permanent structure wherever it were built. It would certainly be a […]

Elsewhere: Terra Cotta Garden Bed Borders

You may have seen my past posts and videos about using wine bottles for garden borders. Here is another take on borders using terra cotta drainage tiles, set on end, to frame a garden border. One of the advantages, of course, is you can plant inside each tile as well as in the bed itself. […]

Elsewhere: Planting tall grasses and other plants in galvanized tubs for privacy barriers

Here is an excellent idea I discovered on Pinterest for creating easy privacy barriers for your home, restaurant or other business. I would also suggest you mount these galvanize containers on some sort of caster system so you can easily move them around when needed. Once planted they would be quite heavy and you might […]

Elsewhere: Whimsical Garden Gate via Pinterest

I came across this on Pinterest today and it really struck me. There are many ways you could execute this, depending on your space and supplies. Sure to make an impact in your garden. Source: bhg.com via Amy on Pinterest Read more on this topic: Re-use: Futon frame as garden gate Elsewhere: Garden Tool Storage […]

Elsewhere: Garden Tool Storage example from Pinterest

Here is a lovely example of garden tool storage I found on Pinterest.com. Were I so well organized in my own life. (HA!) Still, we can all learn from such examples. We don’t have to do everything in the example, but sometimes just doing one small part is enough. Examples are supposed to be used […]

What Douglas Dug… Show 003

Our third episode of What Douglas Dug…, our regular review show of neat gardening items I have found in my Internet travels. Can’t see the video above? Watch “What Douglas Dug… Show 002” on YouTube Watch Previous Show  – “What Douglas Dug… Show 001” on YouTube Watch Previous Show  – “What Douglas Dug… Show 002” on […]