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Inside That flower shop in Shreditch

Today let’s have a look inside “That Flower Shop”. I featured a stunning arch design by florist Hattie Fox of That Flower Shop around this time last year. And a short while ago I traveled to Shoreditch and visited Hattie’s flower shop. Show More Summary

Photographing flowers against a black background

Photographing flowers against a black background is easy and this setup will give you unique images compared to images taken against a white background. Black backgrounds work for all colors, they’re elegant, hide shadows and do not draw the viewer’s attention from the flowers. Show More Summary

Evolution of a side garden with trash-bin screening

23 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

I like to show in-process pictures — not that garden making is ever about finishing a space — so here’s an update on a little-talked-about part of my garden: the front side-garden path, which leads from the circular driveway (out ofShow More Summary

Gardens Illustrated recommends my book!

23 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The illustrious British gardening magazine Gardens Illustrated gave The Water-Saving Garden a nice mention in its September 2016 issue! “…without costing the earth” — I love that bit of Brit-speak. Thank you, Gardens Illustrated! I welcome your comments; please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. Show More Summary

Leaf Morphology is Surprisingly Marvelous by Susan Harris

I recently attended this tour at the U.S. Botanic Garden, despite my doubts that the topic of leaf structures – leaf morphology – would be marvelous, as promised, but darned if it wasn’t! I maintain my skepticism that a talk by another expert could put me to sleep but coming from Dr. Susan Pell, it was […]

Around the stock-tank pond

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Despite the heat (which may be coming to an end this weekend — yay!), I’ve been working in the garden nearly every day this week, doing the usual end-of-summer tidying plus cleaning up Moby’s old bed and potting up all his bulbils. It’s...Show More Summary

The Art of Planting Fruit Trees

A Mandarin Proverb- "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now"While fruit trees offer a myriad of benefits, most people don’t have the right information and experience to plant them. With so many pieces of advice, tips, and information about planting […]

Potting up agave bulbils

4 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

My whale’s tongue agave, Moby, came down last week. This week I’ve been sorting and planting bulbils (baby agave clones) from the bloom stalk. I’ve never had an agave bloom before, much less harvested its bulbils, so I looked online for advice and found Len Geiger’s helpful post at Married to Plants and followed his instructions. Show More Summary

On Video: Bulb-Planting in the Fall by Susan Harris

New from Good Gardening Videos is our juicy selection of 14 videos about spring-blooming bulbs – general how-to, specific types, how to naturalize and two cool ways to pot them up. If you’re already an experienced bulb-gardener, maybe you know someone who could be coaxed into planting something if it’s as fool-proof as, say, daffodils. […]

A Trip to Spain's La Alhambra

As you all know, I love to travel, and have journeyed to many, many countries around the world. Whether I am traveling for business or pleasure, I am [&hellip...

Gardening via Groupon by Elizabeth Licata

Drinks are not included. For the past few years, I’ve been seeing Groupon offers for Paint Nites, where (usually) a bunch of people get together and make a painting with an instructor. At first, they seemed to be singles events, often held in bars, but more recently I have seen them as a “girls night […]

Make Over #2 - The Holly Bed Corner

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Greenbow

The Holly Bed Corner is another make over in the garden that was spread out over three months or so. Yes, I told you I was slow. We had this gigantic American Holly that was the Darth Vader of the garden. You say you don't remember seeing...Show More Summary

Soldier Fly Grubs – In Compost

Q: I went to my compost tumbler to empty my veggie scraps and found an awful mess of worms – thousands of them! Are they good ones or bad worms? A: These are soldier fly grubs. Though they look disgusting, they are harmless. They decompose compost for you, joining the billions of fungi and bacteria […]

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