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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 […]

Noted: Why Carrots Are Orange and Not Purple via The Kitchn

Why Carrots Are Orange and Not Purple via The Kitchn At the grocery store you probably see only two kinds of carrots: baby carrots, and the long ones with the green tops. Both of them are orange. If you’re lucky you might see a couple colorful carrots at your farmers market that are white, yellow, […]

Noted: Hidden Gardens of Los Angeles via Animalbytes

Hidden Gardens of Los Angeles via Animalbytes Here and there in the corners of the city, there are wonderful public gardens. I’m spotlighting a few of them on The Earth Minute (theearthminute.com). Each profile offers a one-minute video of the location and details on parking, accessibility, and amenities. The Malibu Legacy Park offers native plants, […]

Noted: Concrete Block Planters And Raised Beds via Improvised Life

Concrete Block Planters And Raised Beds via Improvised Life Concrete Block Planters And Raised Beds In addition to a cool shipping pallet table, we found another great DIY at Urban Garden Center: a concrete block planter (below). We’d seen images of them before like the one above that houses succulents and at this Pinterest devoted […]

Noted: A never-ending ocean of 4.5 million flowers in Japan via Gizmodo

A never-ending ocean of 4.5 million flowers in Japan via Gizmodo The Hitachi Seaside Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the planet: A place where millions of flowers grow every year in the most amazing displays of colors imaginable. Here you can see about 4.5 million baby-blue nemophilas blossoming in April—but there’s […]

Noted: Great Design Plant: Try California Wild Grape for Interest All Year via Houzz

Great Design Plant: Try California Wild Grape for Interest All Year via Houzz   Landscape by Other Metro Garden & Landscape Supplies Las Pilitas Nursery California wild grape is known best for its sensational fall colors, but it is much more than a one-season plant. In spring its silvery leaves and tiny buds emerge from […]

Noted: Cheap thrills: my must-have budget garden tools via A Way to Garden

Cheap thrills: my must-have budget garden tools via A Way to Garden I LOVE FINE GARDEN TOOLS: My edger that has lasted more than 25 years with no signs of wear; my stainless border spade; the long-reach telescoping pruners with precision snipping power from a distance. But I also pack my tool tote with cheap […]

Noted: Big Foliage for Small Spaces via Houzz

Big Foliage for Small Spaces via Houzz Traditional Landscape by Charlotte Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Jay Sifford Garden Design An exceptional garden is one that embraces and celebrates the unexpected. This can be a challenge in the smaller, more urban gardens that are becoming the norm for many of us. One way to inject […]