Building a Garden From Scratch via FineGardening

Today Ellie Gilbert is sharing the results of 14 years of hard work.

When my husband and I moved to our newly built house in Plymouth, Massachusetts, I used my fifty years of gardening experience to transform an empty and sandy backyard that included a steep and barren hill into a garden I’m now proud to show off. Fourteen years later, this is what having a vision and a willingness to work hard has produced.

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In the garden…Western Junco via Tiktok [Video]

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A Spider Web Garden Seat via Homegrown Evolution

I spotted this 1920s gem on Archive.org in a promotional pamphlet, Beautifying the home grounds by the Southern Pine Association. This is the same source I used to come up with a new design for our entrance arbor and will blog about that when I put the finishing touches on it.
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Dazzling Dahlias – 27 in a series – Dahlias: one flower, infinite beauty via The Los Angeles Times

Dazzling Dahlias – 27 in a series – Dahlias: one flower, infinite beauty via The Los Angeles Times

Dazzling Dahlias - 26 in a series - Dahlias: one flower, infinite beauty via The Los Angeles Times

DAHLIA aficionado Pat Cunningham likes to say he has either 40 years of experience or one year of experience 40 times over. Either way, he has grown hundreds of varieties of the flower in his Manhattan Beach garden and developed his own hybrids, including the 12-inch-wide, white-and-deep-pink ‘Shiloh Noelle’ praised by Martha Stewart.

Yes, dahlias do need attention, Cunningham says, but even beginners can expect stunning flowers.

“Do good or bad and it all comes out the same,” he says. “I won best in show as a novice.”

Therein lies the true beauty of the dahlia: its ability to flourish in Southern California and the abundance and diversity of its glorious blooms. Experts believe that all modern dahlia hybrids — an astonishing 58,000-plus varieties at last count — are derived from only two of three species that made their way from Mexico to Spain in 1789 and to other parts of Europe in the early 1800s, where they were hybridized.

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From Gardening Don’ts (1913) by M.C. 30

From Gardening Don'ts (1913) by M.C. 30

DON’T be frightened of
mixing colours: it is the
hard artificial shades that clash,
but very seldom the soft, melt-
ing ones of Nature.

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Patio Baby Eggplant via Instagram

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MudPi – Automated Garden System With the Raspberry Pi via Adafruit Industries

Grow the produce you love with less water, time and effort
A scalable smart garden system that allows you to maintain controls, monitor conditions, and sustainably manage resources of your garden.
MudPi is made to install on top of your existing irrigation. This way you’re not locked to any specific method or vendor. The main controller unit is capable of regulating water with pumps or controlled valves. It follows schedules and parameters you specify such as desired soil moisture can control when to water your plants. Sensors are polled periodically for recent values that can be stored. You get notifications of garden conditions and alerts of anything important.
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Historical Garden Books – 78 in a series – Our sentimental garden (1914) by Agnes Sweetman Castle & Egerton Castle

Historical Garden Books – 78 in a series – Our sentimental garden (1914) by Agnes Sweetman Castle & Egerton Castle

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The History of Landscape Design in 100 Gardens

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Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents – 34 in a series – Replanting my ‘lil succulent garden! via Botanical Bright on TikTok

Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents – 34 in a series – Replanting my ‘lil succulent garden! via Botanical Bright on TikTok

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