Gossip in the Garden

Harmony in the Garden's Chattier Side


My Top 3 Favorite Garden Tools for 2015
  As we come to the end of another year in the garden, I thought I'd share with you a few of my favorite tools that have made my life just a little bit easier this year. You'd think that since I'm a garden designer, garden writer and an overall fanatical gardener that I'd have every latest and greatest garden tool in my arsenal.  But I don't.  In this department, I'm pretty low maintenance, preferring to use just a few [read more]
Replacing a lawn with a 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 help from those with strong backs, we removed the old lawn by hand.  Critical is making sure to dig deep to remove any stray lawn roots that might be left behind. The last [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]
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 one to trial, and I must say [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]
One of my favorite Christmas gifts was given to me by my husband Tom - this handmade birdhouse from L'Atelier Vert. My garden wouldn't be complete without all the birds that visit and raise their babies here (see here, and here, and here!)  so I'm hopeful one will find a new home this spring.     I think I'll get my wish since I've already seen a few snooping around this new addition. Fingers crossed!   [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]
50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants – Book Review
50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants  The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don't Eat Written by Ruth Rogers Clausen Deer are one of the challenges (understatement!) I face most often when designing gardens for my clients in Northern California. Most of my clients live in the hills with border Santa Cruz Mountains (Los Altos, Portola Valley, Woodside, and Palo Alto) and deer are an all-to-familiar visitor in their gardens. The first chapter is one of my favorite chapters in [read more]
Great Product Alert - John & Bob's Soil Optimizer [read more]