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Growing Pride & Produce via Yakima Herald-Republic

Could your area use a community garden? The answer might surprise you. Here is one excellent example of both the why and how of one small community’s garden. — Douglas     A few years ago, when Gini asked some residents, “What do you think we need in Buena?” A young woman said she wished […]

Artificial intelligence identifies plant species by looking at them via Boing Boing

There have been several apps that perform similar AI matching and each of them gets better with every iteration. Often they are good enough to get you into the right botanical ballpark so you can do more traditional research from there. That can significantly reduce the amount of time required to figure out exactly what plant […]

Inexpensive DIY Wall Decor Ideas and Crafts via DIY Home Decor Guide

Some great ideas for dressing up your home and garden both inside and outside. — Douglas   Refresh your home with something new and cute this summer. I am going to share some very creative and inexpensive DIY wall decor ideas. I will tell you today that how you could dress up your walls with […]

Befriend Bees via Sunset: Garden

Before a flower can set seed or form fruit, it needs to be pollinated. Though some plants are pollinated by bats, birds, butterflies, moths, and wasps, most of the work is done by bees. Bees are in serious trouble, though. Their numbers are in sharp decline, mainly because of shrinking habitat. Fortunately, bees have some […]

7 Excellent Screening Hedges/Trees from Garden of Eva

I see so many bad hedging choices made here in Los Angeles, so when our new neighbors wanted to plant a hedge, I found this article on non-traditions and perhaps better choices. — Douglas Ficus Nitida and Ficus Benjamina are not the solution. Whenever a client asks about installing a hedge they’re usually thinking of planting […]

7 Excellent Screening Hedges | A Gardener’s Thoughts & Fancies via blog.garden-of-eva.com

Read 7 Excellent Screening Hedges | A Gardener’s Thoughts & Fancies via blog.garden-of-eva.com An interesting link found among my daily reading Read more on this topic: The Best Privacy Hedges for Southern California: 7 Plants to Know via Pacific Outdoor Living Noted: Mark Dion Reimagines a Pioneering Botanist’s Lab #ArtTuesday Noted: The Royal Horticultural Society’s […]

The Best Privacy Hedges for Southern California: 7 Plants to Know via Pacific Outdoor Living

Read The Best Privacy Hedges for Southern California: 7 Plants to Know via Pacific Outdoor Living An interesting link found among my daily reading Read more on this topic: Ask the Expert: How to Use Plants for Privacy in a City Garden via Gardenista Noted: 7 DIY Projects That Will Maximize Your Outdoor Space Noted: […]

Watch Cherry Blossoms Suddenly Explode Into Life in This Stunning Timelapse Footage via Gizmodo

I have only ever seen small stands of cherry trees in bloom and while even they are quite impressive, the thought of witnessing a bloom like this one is overwhelming. — Douglas     It’s that time of year when Mother Nature puts on her best fireworks show with pink and white cherry blossoms. By […]

Serene Photos Highlight the Tranquil Beauty of 100 Japanese Gardens via My Modern Met

I don’t think I have the patience to develop my own Japanese-style garden, but I do LOVE looking at them and walking within them. If you are looking for great ideas you can incorporate into your own gardens, check out these photos. They provide some amazing examples. — Douglas   Read Serene Photos Highlight the […]

15 Wine Cork Crafts via Homesteading.com

A nice collection of recycling projects for all ages. I especially liked the birdhouse idea and hope to build one of those for my own garden. Lots a great, easy, projects for kids, too. — Douglas Read Wine Cork Crafts via Homesteading.com Read more on this topic: My Wine bottle garden bed edging project continues [DIY] […]