One Board Birdhouse via Instructables

I have another One Board Birdhouse project (see Project: One Board Birdhouse), but you can’t really have too many. I like this project because it plans for the need to clean out the bird house each season which many people neglect, but it is very important for the health of your garden birds. — Douglas
 
This is a variation of the one-board birdhouse available at Lowes.com. Their plan did not allow for an easy clean-out so I modified the floor and a couple of the joints.
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JFK Rose in the Garden Today

JFK Rose in the Garden Today

JFK Rose in the Garden Today

The scent is amazing too!

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Brunfelsia/Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Brunfelsia/Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Brunfelsia/Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 

These lovely plants are blooming like crazy after our rains. The common name comes from their flowers which change colors over the course of a few days — from blue to purple to white. I recently planted 2 more of these is a bare area of the garden. 

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10 best gardening books via The Independent

Another great set of books to start working through. I see at least 5 that I will be requesting from the library immediately, if possible. I highly recommend you check out your own local library, too! — Douglas

No matter what plants you want to grow, or style of garden you want to maintain, you’ll find at least one specialist book that can tell you everything you need to know. Are you considering basing your planting scheme around ornamental grasses? Then the book for you is Designing with Grasses by Neil Lucas; are you a chilli addict who wants to turn up the heat in the garden? Then Kay Maguire’s excellent RHS Red Hot Chilli Grower is the book for you; or perhaps you want to turn your rhubarb into fine wine, or grow apples for cider making, in which case may we dare to suggest that our own book Brew it Yourself contains all you need.

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Some of the books mentioned in this article

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10 Easy Pieces: Garden Hoes via Gardenista

This article had me lusting for many of the weeding hoes listed. Yikes there are some nice ones and I can imagine using any of them in my garden. I have one at the moment and it is my favorite weeding tool, but a few more wouldn’t hurt, Right?

Which one is your favorite? Check out the article and let me know! –Douglas

 
A few of the hoes in this article
 

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10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Ireland via Gardenista

Another great set of garden ideas from the other side of the Atlantic — Douglas
 
 
From the point of view of a plant, Ireland is heaven. Humans may as well abandon their instinct for neatness and symmetry; plants grow too well here. Whether tender or hardy, the climate (not too cold, not too hot, often wet) creates an enviable lushness, offset always by green.

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Clytostoma callistegioides

Clytostoma callistegioides

Clytostoma callistegioides

Looking back over my photos, this plant blooms regularly every year around this time. 

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Daffodils

Daffoldils

Daffodils

More daffodils from the garden. Some of my favorite plants. 

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Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)

 I love these flowers. Their purple color and their exuberant size. 

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Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace

A beautiful “weed” in the garden

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