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Creating Tomorrow’s Garden Today!

Thursday, June 7th, 2012 Posted in Insects, bees, books, bulbs, butterflies, caterpillars, garden design, garden designers, lawn replace, lawns, master gardeners, native plants, philosophy | 8 Comments »

Things have changed a lot since I was a kid and had the job to rake leaves from under shrubs to tidy up. As an adult, I’ve watched gardening philosophy among the backyard populace—mine included—gradually head back to the sustainable ...

My big reduce lawn renovation: before and after!

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 Posted in Late spring flowers, garden design, garden projects, lawn replace, lawns, mulch, poppies, wildflowers | 60 Comments »

For years, we’ve planned to install large stone paths where our feet pound the soil every day. Intent turns into action when grass-killing drought prods inertia. Although I’ve hauled a ton of stones in my car, this time I turned ...

When to prune|No lawn designs|oak wilt

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 Posted in Insects, bees, drought, garden design, garden designers, garden projects, lawns, native plants, pruning, trees, wildlife | 6 Comments »

We’re all just itching to prune! I love the winter cleanup to start the slate clean, but I won’t be pruning that thryallis just yet. Others, like Salvia greggii, should be pruned now. Whatever I prune, as I work around each ...

Drought and freeze survivors|Big Red Sun|No-kill trees

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 Posted in Nurseries, fall plants, fertilizing, garden designers, garden projects, lawns, succulents | 11 Comments »

By golly, I have more plants in the ground than in the compost pile. Some look a little winded after this hard run, but if they made it through 2011, they can handle anything. One is my Salvia microphylla ‘La ...