Field of Gold — A Minute in the Garden 56 from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video] (1:00)

A Minute in the Garden: A series from A Gardener’s Notebook

Flowers wave in the wind and bask in the sun at Arlington Garden, Pasadena, California.

Field of Gold -- A Minute in the Garden 56 from A Gardener's Notebook 

Music: “Concentration” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License 

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A new prickly pear paddle forms

A new prickly pear paddle forms

A new prickly pear paddle forms

The opuntia was showing new growth in Arlington Garden. These will soon become large paddles.

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Along the street

Along the street

Along the street

A neighbor’s garden brightens the street where I live. 

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Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces [Book]

Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces

I’m a subscriber and regular reader of the Gardenista blog, from where this book originates, so I am a bit surprised I hadn’t heard about it earlier. A quick trip to the web site of my local library and within minutes I had the book on my Kindle, ready for reading.

The introduction of Gardenista states,We believe gardens matter. So does your patio, your porch, your front stoop, or the sunny windowsill outside your apartment window. The proof is everywhere: treating the outdoors as a natural extension of living space makes you happier.” Perhaps this why I enjoy the blog so much. It matches much to my own philosophy. Even my imperfect little patch is often a source of joy, even if I wish it looked a bit tidier or flashy sometimes.

Gardenista is divided into several sections, including Thirteen Gardens We Love (And Why They Work), The Gardenista 100 — a resource guide of important products and links created by the writers — and much more. The book is artfully illustrated with appropriate and useful photos clearly showing the highlighted gardens and products and the examples they provide.

My favorite sections of the book included the wonderful look at Thirteen Gardens which take up a large section of the book. These excellent real-world examples are always one of my favorite ways to get new ideas for my own garden. For me, it is so much more useful to see ideas, plants and decor in actual use than carefully arranged in a garden show or in print. Each garden gives a detailed account of the best ideas from each garden and how you might use that idea in your own garden.

The Gardenista 100 is a great resource guide, containing some interesting products and sources so you can buy each for your very own. Sure some of them will be a tad too expensive for you and me, but perhaps we can locate more inexpensive alternatives while still making the best of the recommendations. My only fear with putting a resource guide into print these days is that it might quickly go out of date, rendering a significant portion of the book moot in a few years. That said, the ideas still stand as great examples, even if the particular products are no longer available.

The writing of Gardenista is accessible and portrays a love for gardening in all its forms — whether that be plants, hardscape, design or decor. Whether you are looking to improve your garden or your home, Gardenista is certainly worth a look and a read.

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A Splash of Yellow

A Splash of Yellow

A Splash of Yellow

Another unidentified plant/flower in Arlington Garden. It certainly made quite an impact shining brightly in the sunshine the day I visited.
Any ideas on this one folks?

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Noted: Dirty Secrets: 10 Ways to Improve Garden Soil: Gardenista

I compost here in my garden, but I am always looking for additional tips and hints on how to improve the soil I already have. Check out this great article from Gardenista for more information on how to build your own garden’s soil. — Douglas
 

Agave all in a row

Agave

Agave all in a row

More mature agave in Arlington Garden, Pasadena, California

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Succulent Stump

Suuculent stump

Succulent Stump

This is a nice way to reuse the stump of an old tree in the yard. The plants are well-chosen both in size and color. 

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On YouTube: Winter Interests in the Landscape

Winter garden

Watch YouTube: Winter Interests in the Landscape

I liked this video and think you might find it interesting, too!

Kniphofia

Kniphofia

Kniphofia

As you can probably tell, I was a bit fascinated by these flowers. Such amazing shapes and colors.

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