Archive for the ‘crafts’ Category

Cute Overload That Matters: Kids & Wildlife

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 Posted in Insects, Late spring flowers, Summer plants, children, crafts, garden bloggers, garden designers, garden projects, habitat, herbs, native plants, perennials, recipes, wildlife | 4 Comments »

I’ve never been afraid of spiders since I read Charlotte’s Web as a kid. In fact, I veer around their intricate knitting so I don’t mess it up. Selfishly I hope the spiders mess it up themselves with a few leaf-footed ...

Performance art in your garden

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 Posted in bees, crafts, early spring flowers, garden art, native plants, perennials, philosophy | 19 Comments »

Performance art: isn’t that what your garden’s all about?  Certainly, birds dance for free when pyracantha berries are on stage. What about a little plant that gets encores at dinner? Like mimes, plants reach for the sky to silently gather us into ...

Groundcovers made for the shade; spiritual healing garden

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 Posted in Techniques, companion plants, container gardens, crafts, drought, fall plants, garden design, groundcovers, healing gardens, lawn replace, philosophy, shade plants | 35 Comments »

Is it true? Is fall here at last? In any case, ‘Butterpat’ chrysanthemum is ready! Since we’re finally around the heat bend, it’s time to plant. This week Daphne explains why we should firm the soil around our plants. Why is ...

Keyhole gardens, Oak leaf galls, Gabriel Valley Farms, Drying herbs

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 Posted in Insects, Nurseries, bulbs, container gardens, crafts, drought, fall plants, herbs, keyhole gardens, native plants, trees, wildlife | 2 Comments »

First, I have to admit: I’m a bulb freak. I’d buy a thousand more if I could. Instead, I divide my naturalizing wealth and then forget where I planted them. That’s okay, because garden surprises like these oxblood lilies are ...