White Clematis

 White clematis

White Clematis

A striking Clematis shines in the sun. I am looking for one to add to my new front garden arbor.

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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
 

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Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer Magnolia/Tulip Tree)

Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer Magnolia/Tulip Tree)

Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer Magnolia/Tulip Tree)

Lovely flowering tree is often seen here in the San Fernando Valley. 

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Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer Magnolia/Tulip Tree)

Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer Magnolia/Tulip Tree)

Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer Magnolia/Tulip Tree)

Lovely flowering tree is often seen here in the San Fernando Valley. 

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Catalpa Flowers

Catalpa flowers

Catalpa Flowers

The neighbor’s tree is putting on a show, like every year. 

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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

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Epiphyllum Flower

Epiphyllum Flower

Epiphyllum Flower

A bloom from the greenhouse. 

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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 article, Gardenista provides some excellent examples how to use plants instead of panels to gain privacy while also beautifying your home. — Douglas

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden in a big city, you learn to accept the fact that while you’re out there, you’re in full view of everyone whose windows overlook your yard. Hanging an awning over your entire backyard or planting a tree big enough to screen everything isn’t a good option, since usually, getting the light you need to grow things is already a challenge.

So what are the best ways to make a small urban garden feel more private—or at least to create the illusion of privacy? For advice, we asked landscape designer Susan Welti, a partner in the Brooklyn-based Foras Studio. Susan has designed countless urban spaces; two of her gardens appear in our new Gardenista book.

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Pink Azalea

Pink azalea

Pink Azalea

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Sunflower closeup

Sunflower closeup

Sunflower closeup

Up close with one of the prettiest flowers I know. 

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