Photo: Mulberry Creek Herb Farm, Ohio 2013

Mulberry Creek Herb Farm, Huron, Ohio

Visited on our travels back to our home state last year.

Mulberry Creek Herb Farm

Mulberry Creek Herb Farm

Mulberry Creek Herb Farm


Noted: Beautiful Border via Pinterest

Beautiful Border

Beautiful border

Border of Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s low’, Salvia nemorosa ‘Ostfriesland’, Anthemis tinctoria ‘Sauce Hollandaise’, Anthemis tinctoria E.C. Buxton and Achillea credo with clipped Buxus balls in pots!


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Noted: Garden Room via Garden Gallery

 Garden Room via Garden Gallery 

Garden room


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Summer in the Garden: Gewurztraminer Wines

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Gewurztraminer wines

Summer in the Garden: Gewurztraminer wines

Sure, I like my big, fat, chewy wines like Cabernet and spicy, fruity wines like Zinfandel, but in the Summer — and especially for Summer in the Garden — I love an ice cold Gewürztraminer to sip slowly while the sun goes down after a good days work planting, pruning and pulling (weeds). While Gewürztraminer is fruity, it need not be cloyingly sweet, in fact it is better if it isn’t. Just a hint of fruit is best and provides a refreshing lightness to the palate. One of my favorite Gewürztraminer is the Fetzer Gewürztraminer linked above. It is inexpensive, yet tasty. Fetzer seems to keep the same taste profile from year to year, so it is always a go-to wine for me when I am looking for something familiar instead of something challenging. That said, there are many great Gewürztraminer out there and I have linked to an entire selection on Amazon.com below. Take a break from the garden, check out these reviews, visit your local wine shop and then pop one in the fridge for the end of your Summer gardening day.

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Garden Alphabet: Magnolia Grandiflora

Magnolia Grandiflora

These large trees, with heavy, waxy leaves and large, blowzy flowers are quite common here in Los Angeles. They put on quite a show each year and seem to grep quite reliably and trouble free. As you might see in the photo, the bees like them, too.

Garden Alphabet: Magnolia Grandiflora

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Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as the southern magnolia or bull bay, is a tree of the family Magnoliaceae native to the southeastern United States, from Virginia south to centralFlorida, and west to eastern Texas and Oklahoma. Reaching 27.5 m (90 ft) in height, it is a large striking evergreen tree with large dark green leaves up to 20 cm (8 in) long and 12 cm (4.5 in) wide and large white fragrant flowers up to 30 cm (12 in) in diameter. Widely cultivated around the world, over a hundred cultivars have been bred and marketed commercially. The timber is hard and heavy, and has been used commercially to make furniture, pallets, and veneer.

Magnolia grandiflora is a medium to large evergreen tree which may grow 90 ft (27.5 m) tall.[1] It typically has a single stem (or trunk) and a pyramidalshape.[2] The leaves are simple and broadly ovate, 12–20 cm (5–8 in) long and 6–12 cm (2–5 in) broad,[2] with smooth margins. They are dark green, stiff and leathery, and often scurfy underneath with yellow-brown pubescence. The large, showy, lemon citronella-scented flowers are white, up to 30 cm (12 in) across and fragrant, with 6–12 petals with a waxy texture, emerging from the tips of twigs on mature trees in late spring. Flowering is followed by the rose-coloured fruit, ovoid and 7.5–10 cm (3–4 in) long and 3–5 cm (1.5–2 in) wide.[3]

Exceptionally large trees recorded include a 35 m (114 ft) high specimen from the Chickasawhay District, De Soto National Forest in Mississippi which measured 17 feet 8 inches in circumference at breast height, from 1961, and a 30 m (99 ft) tall tree from Baton Rouge in Louisiana which reached 18 feet in circumference at breast height.[3] — Wikipedia

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Video: In the garden…July 3, 2014: Basil Cuttings and Propagation

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Showing off some successful basil cuttings and hoping for more

In the garden...July 3, 2014: Basil Cuttings and Propagation

Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: Naturally Country in Norwalk, Ohio” and “My sister’s Ohio garden”

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Noted: Create a Garden That Tells a Story via Houzz

Create a Garden That Tells a Story via Houzz

Landscape by Charlotte Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Jay Sifford Garden Design

An exceptional garden tells a story. The story can reflect the personality of its creator or tell about the land from which the garden emanates. A bubbling brook, birds chirping or wind rustling through a stand of ornamental grass begins to tell the verbal story, but there is also a written story inextricably woven through the layout of garden paths, art and the plant palette that is not to be ignored.

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Noted: Y for Yucca via Crafty Gardener

Y for Yucca via Crafty Gardener

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Yucca or Adam’s Needle is a gorgeous, tall perennial, ornamental plant for the garden. It is classified as an evergreen shrub that doesn’t shed its needles and it doesn’t have a trunk. It likes dry and sandy soil conditions.

A friend gave me 3 yucca plants in the summer of 2012. Two were planted in the front diamond garden and one in the partly shady front garden. They survived all the snow cover this winter and the leaves were quite hairy at the beginning of the season. Another Linda, of woke up, got out of bed fame, told me that hairy leaves were a good sign the plant would bloom this year. And she was right, but don’t tell her I said so!

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Noted: Garden Roundup: 10 Perfect Party Spaces in the City by Barbara Peck via Gardenista

Garden Roundup: 10 Perfect Party Spaces in the City by Barbara Peck via Gardenista

Garden Roundup: 10 Perfect Party Spaces in the City by Barbara Peck via Gardenista

You can make a party in the city just by hanging out on the stoop. But what if you don’t have a stoop? Maybe you’re lucky enough to actually have a city garden? Here are 10 great spaces on the east and west coasts to socialize with the folks on the block. Please, BYOB:

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Summer in the Garden: Highwood Hamilton Folding and Reclining Adirondack Chair

I am always keeping a eye out for decent products for my own garden — even if they are just for my wish list. Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting a series of products that might fit in my garden — or yours! — Douglas


Highwood Hamilton Folding and Reclining Adirondack Chair

Summer in the Garden: Highwood Hamilton Folding and Reclining Adirondack Chair

There is just something about Summer and a nice, cozy, Adirondack-style chair. The reclined positioning and the large arms for a book or cooling cocktail is just what we all need. I am dreaming about sitting in this one already.

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