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Book roundup + giveaway!  The 20-30 Something Garden Guide, The Plant Recipe Book & Sunset’s Western Garden Book of Landscaping
Spring has arrived! And along with the sweet scent of jasmine, the bursting blooms of tulips and rosebuds just beginning to open comes a new crop of gardening books.  Luckily my mailman remembers that, around this time each year, his load gets a little heavier with all the books I'm sent to review.  I thought it might be fun to tell you about a few of my favorites, each distinctly different from the next, as well as offer a fantastic [read more]
Goodbye Lawn, Hello Garden     Part 2
Phew - I've been busy!  As promised a few weeks ago, here's the next phase of my front lawn-removal project. After deciding on the materials and final shape of the pathways, the next step was to remove the lawn.  A physically grueling task to be sure. Enlisting some help from one with a much stronger back than I, we (the British 'we', that is) removed it by hand, making sure to dig deep to remove any stray lawn roots that [read more]
Refresh Your Garden Design Virtual Book Party!
I'm officially announcing the birth of my new baby...I mean book, Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture & Form, and to celebrate you’re all invited to attend my Virtual Book Party – with some very ‘refreshing’ party favors (yes, pun intended).  Six garden blogging friends and I are hosting 7 great giveaways this week, all related to the theme of refreshing your garden! I wrote this book after years of consulting with one frustrated gardener after another.  Why the [read more]
If you're like me, you've probably returned from a supposedly quick and casual stroll through the garden with your shirt flipped up in an attempt to to hold all the tomatoes, plums or apricots that were just begging to be picked. After dirtying umpteen clean shirts, I don't know why I venture outside any longer without a small basket or colander in hand to pick the daily harvest.  Yet I still do. (more…) [read more]
Indoor Plant Decor – Book Party, Review & Giveaways
To celebrate the release of Kylee Baumle and Jenny Peterson's new book, Indoor Plant Decor, you're all invited to participate in their cyber book party (complete, of course, with loads of prizes!) I'll be honest, when I was asked to review and join this event I was a little nervous as I'm one of those people who struggles to keep indoor plants alive.  There - I've said it.  Yes, I'm a landscape designer and yes, I love nothing more than [read more]
Last year my friend (and gardener extraordinaire) Shawna Coronado traveled to the Netherlands to spend a little time with the folks at the DeWit Tool company.  Shawna had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of not only designing, but making the prototype of her ideal version of a potting soil scoop.  The scoop has since been such a success that now it's part of their regular tool line-up. In fact, the DeWit company kindly sent me two (one to have, and one to [read more]
Having three good friends and two of my favorite clients going through various stages of cancer right now, I'm particularly aware of kindhearted people and companies who are making an effort to help others.  Which is why I've become a huge fan of Glassybaby. While very well-known throughout Seattle (seen on the tables of at least half of the restaurants I visited, and on countless windowsills everywhere) these little candleholders are making their way throughout the entire country. And I'm [read more]
My garden-watering meltdown had been brewing for years.  It finally came to a head this past summer when I had finally had enough of the hoses in my garden constantly kinking every time I moved a few feet. My husband would try to help, buying me ‘the best’ the big box stores had to offer (promising me they wouldn’t kink) yet they always did.  While I generally have a pretty high tolerance level for irritating things, when I’m [read more]
Last week I was invited to have breakfast at Sunset magazine’s headquarters, along with a few of my favorite fellow gardeners.  The event was to welcome the new Sunset Edible Garden Cookbook, which will be released next week, as well as to tour the grounds and the test garden. While of course I was thrilled to be included, I'll admit I was a bit hesitant about the breakfast.  Why?  Because breakfast has always been sort of a letdown for [read more]
The New Sunset Western Garden Book – Book Review
I have been dying to get my hands on the 9th edition of the New Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide (Oxmoor House, 2012. List Price $34.95). Well, it’s finally here and I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been given a copy to review.  And as if that weren’t enough – Sunset is letting me give away FIVE copies, too! Like many gardeners, I’ve had several different editions of the Sunset Book throughout the years, my oldest [read more]
It's time for another holiday giveaway, but HURRY - this contest ends December 5th! A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to review a pair of Fields & Lane gardening gloves as well as offer a contest for my readers.  And all I can say is HOLY COW, I LOVE these gloves! Gardening gloves are normally something I go through at the speed of light.  I'm very hard on them, and they seem to last about a month [read more]
Dr. Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs
Thanksgiving has come and gone, as has the turkey, the leftovers and the relatives. Having survived Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and now Cyber Monday, it seems to me the world is in a shopping frenzy.  Everyone is in a mad race to find the perfect gift for their loved ones and it's pure mayhem out there. This holiday season I'm working very hard to keep things simple in my life by focusing not on consuming, but on appreciating.  I've [read more]
I walked into Peets Coffee the other day (sounds like the beginning of a joke, doesn't it?) Well, I walked in and saw these interesting looking mushroom kits for sale.  And being an avid gardener who will grow just about anything, I was immediately intrigued.  So, I snatched one up for $15.00.   Having a teenager, I find it's more and more difficult for me to keep her interested in gardening, so I'm a sucker for anything that might grab [read more]
Earth Day is April 22, and I've been invited to participate in a blogging event hosted by Jan Huston Doble's blog Thanks For 2 Day, where garden bloggers are writing about ways in which we're making 'greener gardens'. I've decided to write about two of my very favorite organic garden products:  Haven's Authentic Brand Soil Conditioning Tea and John & Bob's Soil Optimizer. . . (more…) [read more]
Succulent Container Gardens – Book Review
Since there's already so many glowing reviews of Debra Lee Baldwin's Succulent Container Gardens on the internet, I thought I might do something a little different - review the author first, and then review  the book.   I mean, really - who doesn't want to know all about the person who wrote the book?  I know I do! (more…) [read more]
. Roses, roses, roses...nothing says 'spring is right around the corner' more than all the bare-root roses in stock right now at the nurseries. Especially when you see their hopeful, little leaves starting to emerge from their stark stems. And now's the time to buy them, as they're such a better deal when sold bare-root ($15) versus when they're re-potted into a 5-gallon container ($35.00) And while it may seem a little early to start thinking about which roses you'd [read more]
(besides dead bodies, paper towels, Mad-Libs, and a flashlight) [read more]
Great Product Alert - John & Bob's Soil Optimizer [read more]