Pinterest: Excellent cottage garden path

I would love to be able to build such a lush garden here in Los Angeles, but it seems the dry weather, and the number of mature trees I have, limits the possibilities. I love the way the plants and flowers spill over the path. It just makes it feel so exuberant. The rambling rose also makes for a lovely entry into the home. This gives me the thought of perhaps growing a rambler around the front of my garage. I have a bed nearby where I could start it and then train it up and over. Hmmm. Always thinking, you know. (LAUGH)


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Pinterest: Combine pallet wood, old table and a whole bunch of succulents into this living table

Step by step instructions on how they changed an old table in to a lovely tabletop succulent garden.

It is always great to see unique re-use/recycle projects that create something beautiful for the home. In this case, the plants probably cost more than the reset of the structure, but the result is excellent, I can easily imagine sitting here with a breakfast latte and croissant enjoying the morning in my garden or on my patio.


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Video: In the garden… Ep 001 – Pine pruning, non-fruiting zucchini, and tomato cleanup

“In the garden…” is a new series for A Gardener’s Notebook highlighting what is happening in my garden, my friend’s gardens and California gardens throughout the seasons.

Today we finish pruning some black pines, talk about some non-fruiting zucchini and cleanup our failed tomatoes.

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Pinterest: A Organ Pipe Cactus Wall

Wow, what an elegant wall for a desert garden. This looks to be Organ Pipe Cactus (Lemaireocereus marinates) and a little research shows that it has often been used for natural fencing in the past. You can find more information through this Google Search on Organ Pipe Cactus.

Like hedges in the UK, I love natural barriers for those areas where you want or need to contain people, property or livestock. In most cases, living barriers require less maintenance than fences and make use of the natural plant life in a creative way.

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Pinterest: Quite an elegant — and green — outdoor dining table

How about a living table for your outdoor dining, complete with a rivulet down the middle?

This striking table caught my eye as I scrolled through my Pinterest feed the other day. It looks to be constructed of COR-TEN steel and would be a permanent structure wherever it were built.

It would certainly be a dramatic focal point of any garden, although in this size it would need a fairly large garden to fit into nicely without being overwhelming. I do think the idea could be downsize for smaller gardens though.

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Event: Native and Drought Tolerant Garden Maintenance Workshop – La Cañada Flintridge, CA

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Native and Drought Tolerant Garden Maintenance Workshop

Date: October 13

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Contact: Linda Fults, 818.790.1964

Where: La Canada Public Library, 4545 Oakwood Avenue, La Canada

Join La Canada Valley Beautiful and FormLA Landscaping in maintaining the 5 drought tolerant Gardens of the World demonstration gardens at the La Canada Public Library.

La Canada Valley Beautiful will serve light refreshements and snacks.

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Video: What Douglas Dug…Show 006 – Gates, structures, walls and more!

Our sixth episode of What Douglas Dug…, our regular review show of neat gardening items I have found in my Internet travels. In this episode, Gates, structures, walls and more!

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My Favorite Garden Things – September 2012

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Here are my favorite shared garden items for September 2012.

Please let me know in the comments if you find any of the particularly useful. I’ll keep my eye open for similar items — Douglas