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Garden Decor: Today’s Coffee Break Reading at Farm Table via Instagram

Today’s Coffee Break Reading at Farm Table I walked to the library to pick up this book and grab a coffee this afternoon. Farm Table provides a nice place to grab an Americano and snack on the way back (They have some nice full meals, too)   Join the conversation on A Gardener’s Notebook on […]

In the garden…New Obelisk for the Clytostoma

Finally — I know I use that word a lot — I was finally able to locate and install a new, steel frame,  obelisk so the clytostoma vine wasn’t flopping over itself with nothing to climb on. It used to cover a trellis that ran along my office windows, but that came down in disrepair […]

Finally, a new fence in the garden!

We have wanted to replace the broken-down wooden fence on our north property line almost since we moved in 20 years ago, but for a variety of reasons we were never able to make it happen. This week though a young couple became our new neighbors and a new fence was one of the first […]

Ask the Expert: How to Use Plants for Privacy in a City Garden via Gardenista

“Good fences make good neighbors,” said Robert Frost, but it doesn’t mean that a fence is the only way to gain some privacy on your property. Sometimes a good hedgerow is often better. It is certainly more beautiful. It provides wildlife habitat and it can be molded and shaped according to your whim. In this […]

Our Earth Day Garden Addition – New England Arbors “Athens” Vinyl Arbor $128.24

We have been meaning to get a trellis for the Lady Bank’s Rose in the front garden for a long time, but it wasn’t growing very fast and we concentrated on other, more important tasks. That all changed this Winter and Spring, though. With the large amount of rain we had — along with the […]

Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces [Book]

Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces I’m a subscriber and regular reader of the Gardenista blog, from where this book originates, so I am a bit surprised I hadn’t heard about it earlier. A quick trip to the web site of my local library and within minutes I had the book on my […]

Down by the gate [Photo]

   Down by the gate #gate #garden #plants #nature #outdoors #rustic Learn more about gardening in these books from Amazon.com  * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs ** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out!  Read more on this topic: White and gold […]

Garden Decor: Vertical Succulent Garden from Inspired By Charm

Garden Decor: Vertical Succulent Garden from Inspired By Charm A lovely vertical succulent planter from Inspired by Charm  Here in the San Fernando Valley, with our summer heat, it can be difficult to keep vertical and hanging containers properly watered, but a succulent display, like this one, might be possible. I figure i could mist the entire […]

Garden Decor: A Collection of Raised Beds

Garden Decor: A Collection of Raised Beds Raised beds can help reinvigorate (or even create) a garden out of nothing, but I know that many of us don’t have the wherewithal to create custom-built beds. Sometimes it isn’t a bad idea to look to the many companies that have designed raised bed systems of all […]

A Visit to Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena [Photos]

We took an infrequent Thursday off work to visit the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena, California this week and — as usual — I took many, many photos as we strolled through the garden. This isn’t a huge garden, rather a small, but rich, garden originally designed for the homeowners back in the 1930s. […]