Noted: Make Your Own Tranquil Garden Fountain via Houzz

Make Your Own Tranquil Garden Fountain

Contemporary Landscape by Walnut Creek Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Huettl Landscape Architecture

Versailles. The White House. The Taj Mahal. Each has an outdoor space with one thing in common: a water feature.

The sound of running water instantly brings a sense of relaxation to any setting. And while most of us don’t have palatial spaces (or unlimited budgets) to work with, you can achieve the same effect with a simple DIY project. mediterranean landscape by Exteriors By Chad Robert Exteriors By Chad RobertSaveEmail A DIY water feature brings a spa-like tranquility to an outdoor space.

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Garden Decor: Copper Fence Cap Pyramid from Two Thirty-Five Design

Copper Fence Cap Pyramid from Two Thirty-Five Design

This immediately caught my eye, although now I don’t remember which site I first discovered it on. The author shows it being used as an indoors design element, but I think it would be great in any contemporary garden. It would weather nicely, giving you that lovely verdigris copper color as it aged. I, too, love using piece from the home store to create interesting garden decor (and home decor) pieces and have a few additional ideas for how to use these fence components.

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Video: In the garden…June 17, 2014: Soaker hose repairs, failed water timers and container update

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Finally back in the garden after some busy weeks. Soaker hoses need repair and a check in on the containers.

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Noted: Garden Visit: An Enchanted Garden in Sweden by Michelle Slatalla via Gardenista

Garden Visit: An Enchanted Garden in Sweden by Michelle Slatalla via Gardenista

Haringes lott path of trees

One would expect to find lavish gardens surrounding the stone castle-turned-hotel called Häringe Slott, near Stockholm. And one would not be disappointed:

Above: Located on the edge of a nature preserve a half-hour drive from Stockholm, the Häringe estate’s sprawling gardens date to the 1930s. A succession of wealthy and eccentric industrialists-turned-collectors owned the property, and each put his idiosyncratic mark on it.

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Noted: 4 Simple Steps to Grow a Hundred Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel via Green Upgrader

4 Simple Steps to Grow a Hundred Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel via Green Upgrader

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Container gardening isn’t only for savvy urban gardeners and folks with limited space to grow, it can also be for folks who want to maximize their yields in a controlled environment. Not only does growing potatoes in a barrel reduce the amount of weeding and exposure to pests and fungi, you don’t even have to risk shovel-damage to the tender potatoes by digging them out of the ground when they’re done, just tip the container over!

After extensive research to plan my own potatoes-in-a-barrel, I’ve boiled all of the recommendations down to 4 simple steps to a winning potato harvest.

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Flowering Now: Water Lily (Nymphaeaceae)

Flowering Now: Water Lily (Nymphaeaceae)

I caught these water lilies in bloom during a video recording assignment at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.

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Skirball water lily 2

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“Nymphaeaceae /ˌnɪmfiːˈeɪsiː/ is a family of flowering plants. Members of this family are commonly called water lilies and live in freshwater areas in temperate and tropical climates around the world. The family contains eight genera. There are about 70 species of water lilies around the world.[1] The genus Nymphaea contains about 35 species across the Northern Hemisphere.[1] The genus Victoria contains two species of giant water lilies and can be found in South America.[1] Water lilies are rooted in soil in bodies of water, with leaves and flowers floating on the water surface. The leaves are round, with a radial notch in Nymphaea and Nuphar, but fully circular in Victoria. Water lilies are divided into two main categories: hardy and tropical. Hardy water lilies bloom only during the day, but tropical water lilies can bloom either during the day or at night, and are the only group to contain blue-flowered plants.” —

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Interesting Plant: Fuchsia


Fuchsia are one of those plants that just blows you away at every turn. There are so many , varieties, each with their own special coloration, flower shape and growing habit. I recently saw a Gardener’s World segment on fuchsia and was amazed once again. A little research shows that are even some native California “fuchsia”, although their scientific name has shifted over and over. Las Pilitas Nursery has some extensive information on these plants. I would guess, though, that out of this huge variety you might be able to find a fuchsia to fit into your garden or patio.


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Fuchsia /ˈfjuːʃə/ is a genus of flowering plants that consists mostly of shrubs or small trees. The first, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island ofHispaniola (present day Dominican Republic and Haiti) about 1696–1697 by the French Minim monk and botanist, Charles Plumier during his third expedition to the Greater Antilles. He named the new genus after the renowned German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501–1566).[2][3]

There are currently almost 110 recognized species of Fuchsia. The vast majority are native to South America, but with a few occurring north through Central America to Mexico, and also several from New Zealand to Tahiti. One species, F. magellanica, extends as far as the southern tip of South America, occurring on Tierra del Fuego in the cool temperate zone, but the majority are tropical or subtropical. Most fuchsias are shrubs from 0.2–4 m (8 in–13 ft 1 in) tall, but one New Zealand species, thekōtukutuku (F. excorticata), is unusual in the genus in being a tree, growing up to 12–15 metres (39–49 ft) tall.

Fuchsia leaves are opposite or in whorls of 3–5, simple lanceolate and usually have serrated margins (entire in some species), 1–25 cm long, and can be eitherdeciduous or evergreen, depending on the species. The flowers are very decorative; they have a pendulous “teardrop” shape and are displayed in profusion throughout the summer and autumn, and all year in tropical species. They have four long, slender sepals and four shorter, broader petals; in many species the sepals are bright red and the petals purple (colours that attract the hummingbirds that pollinate them), but the colours can vary from white to dark red, purple-blue, and orange. A few have yellowish tones, and recent hybrids have added the colour white in various combinations. The ovary is inferior and the fruit is a small (5–25 mm) dark reddish green, deep red, or deep purple berry, containing numerous very small seeds.

The fruit of some fuchsia species and cultivars is edible, with the berry of F. splendens reportedly among the best-tasting. Its flavor is reminiscent of citrus and pepper, and it can be made into jam. The fruits of some other fuchsias are flavorless or leave a bad aftertaste.[4] — Wikipedia

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“Mark out an area of your garden” from A Gardener’s Notebook

“Mark out an area in your garden, sit down – better yet, lie down on your belly – and start to take note of every living thing you see there.  First off you’ll see the grass, the daylilies, the small weeds.  Then look deeper.  You’ll see ants, aphids, beetles and a host of other insects.  Keep looking.  Dig down and turn the soil over a little or pull up a piece of turf. Now there are worms, spiders, sow bugs, spider mites and more. I can guarantee you that you will notice more than you ever thought possible in your small 1 meter area and all of it is there, teeming with life, all day long, every day.”

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Noted: Planting Seeds Is Easier With Garden Row Markers via Our Little Acre

Planting Seeds Is Easier With Garden Row Markers via Our Little Acre

Row markers

As a garden writer, I receive a number of garden products to try in my own garden each year, some new, some not. I enjoy doing this because in some cases, it allows me to try something I’d never heard of before and might never, had it not been brought to my attention. When I’m approached with something to review or try, I don’t always say yes. If it’s not something that I think I would actually use in my garden or that I feel that is not well-designed or well-made, I’ll pass.

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Garden Alphabet: Campsis radicans

Campsis radicans

Another lovely flowering vine — this one from my own garden. This camps is vine has arrived each year like clockwork since we moved in 18 years ago. It is deciduous, leaving only woody stems when it is dormant. It is getting more water this year, and seems more active than usual including sprouting several seed pods, which I can’t say I have seen before.

One bad note on this vine is that it has a bad habit of reaching through the nearby wooden fence and prying board off of it as it reaches for the light. It is probably best grown against something more robust like concrete block.

Campsis radicans

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Campsis radicans (trumpet vine[1] or trumpet creeper,[1] also known in North America as cow itch vine[citation needed] or hummingbird vine[citation needed]), is aspecies of flowering plant of the family Bignoniaceae, native to the southeastern United States. Growing to 10 m (33 ft), it is a vigorous, deciduous woody vine, notable for its showy trumpet-shaped flowers. It inhabits woodlands and riverbanks, and is also a popular garden subject.

The leaves are opposite, ovate, pinnate, 3–10 cm long, and emerald green when new, maturing into a dark green. The flowers come in terminal cymes of 4–12, orange to red in color with a yellowish throat, and generally appear after several months of warm weather. — Wikipedia

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