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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 […]

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 […]

Noted: 13 Vintage Photos of Combines via Modern Farmer

13 Vintage Photos of Combines via Modern Farmer Combines have been saving the day for farmers since the mid- 1800’s. Even before the advent of those modern-day automated versions of this machine, combines pulled by a fleet of horses were sent to the fields to help make the harvest quite a bit more efficient. Named […]

Noted: Living on the Edge of the Wild via Houzz

Living on the Edge of the Wild via Houzz Traditional Landscape by Winchester Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC   Living at the edge of a wide-open ocean vista or a secluded forest is a dream for many people who want to get away from it all. Whether it’s your “forever” […]

Noted: Great Design Plant: Butterfly Milkweed, a Beacon in the Prairie via Houzz

Great Design Plant: Butterfly Milkweed, a Beacon in the Prairie via Houzz Landscape by Minnetonka Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Holm Design & Consulting LLC   Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a magnet for bees and butterflies in early spring — often providing an important source of nectar when other sources are scarce. What other […]

Noted: Old Time Farm Crime: The Cutthroat World of Victorian Orchid Hunters via Modern Farmer

Old Time Farm Crime: The Cutthroat World of Victorian Orchid Hunters via Modern Farmer Wilhelm Micholitz was half-starved, his clothing continually damp from the incessant Sumatran rains and he ached from the exertion it took to gather the precious specimens that clung on solitary cliffs and high up on the ancient trees of the deep […]

Noted: A Red, Dwarf, Reblooming, Fragrant Magnolia via The Plant Hunter

A Red, Dwarf, Reblooming, Fragrant Magnolia via The Plant Hunter At one time, Carolina allspice or sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus) was a popular garden plant. This native shrub, which occurs naturally from Ohio to Florida, was prized for it dark, maroon-red, fragrant flowers that smell of banana bubblegum. It’s an adaptable, easy to grow shrub with […]