How to Make A Kid’s Hobbit Inspired Garden PlayHouse
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by rochelle greayer
17h ago
Hayden Regina is the creator of the Hobbit Houses at Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Niles, Michigan. He shares how he created a set of charming little garden playhouses from simple materials that cost around $250 each.   Who doesn’t want to imagine life in The Shire living like Frodo and Bilbo? Or at least pretend for a little while….- Rochelle A DIY Hobbit house is a whimsical and unique project that can bring the charm of Middle Earth to your backyard. From creating a round facade to using natural materials like stone and wood, building your own Hobbit house allows you to unleash your c ..read more
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Have I found it? The Palm (Grass) That Grows In New England?*
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by rodney eason
17h ago
*sort of.* And When I say sort of, I am alluding to the fact that this plant that looks like a palm is not really a palm. It is a grass that looks like a palm, thus the common and not-so-creative name of palm grass. Palm grass, or as is known in the Latin circles as Setaria palmifolia, is a fast-growing annual grass. We brought our plants in as quart pots in late May of this year from Landcraft Environments, a wholesale nursery that operates on Long Island. Palm grass, also known as Setaria palmifolia, is a tropical plant with long, slender leaves that resemble palm fronds. This ornamental gra ..read more
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Does Copper Flashing Really Control Slugs? ?
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by rochelle greayer
17h ago
I got an early start on my garden this year but quickly have been a bit demoralized. I planted radishes, beets, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, spinach, kale, peas, and broccoli in April, and while I got lots of babies, I really only have a few pea plants, a bunch of hole-y radishes and an odd spinach and kale leaf here and there to show for my efforts. The culprit is more than just slugs, and I haven’t quite sorted out who it is (I think since I have banished the woodchuck, it must be a bunny), but the hole-y radish is of the insect variety. And I noticed slugs on my Peonie ..read more
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A Mid-century, Modern, Christian Dior, Inspired Fashion Garden
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by rochelle greayer
17h ago
It’s time for another garden inspired by fashion, and once again, I have found something that I think is really fun by my new favorite fashion illustrator – goodyfinch at Can’t not Know. Really, almost all of my inspirations lately are coming from this amazing artist. This one is titled Christian Dior 08, and I think it evokes a mid-century feeling with an Asian, South Beach touch.  Don’t you think?  For some reason, I also feel like this girl lives in Copenhagen and visits Tivoli Gardens for afternoon walks with her chi-poo (cross between a chihuahua and a poodle). I’m pre ..read more
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Learn from a Pro: How to design a garden in 7 Easy steps (for beginners)
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by About Rochelle Greayer
4d ago
Want to know the biggest mistake I see homeowners make when they are designing their gardens?  It’s this: they always start with the plants.  I get it – the plants are fun, and the garden center is pretty, and wow! – It is so nice to imagine how these green leafy things will transform your drab yard into that gorgeous future landscape oasis you might imagine.  Yes, we have all been there. The problem is that the garden nursery visit is one of the last things you should be doing, and by starting there, you’ve increased the odds of landscape disappointment exponentially.  I’v ..read more
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Discover Cercis Canadensis – Eastern Redbud is the Easy Understory Tree
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by rodney eason
1w ago
Redbud trees: because sometimes, Mother Nature just wants to show off. If you need me to demonstrate, check out this video I took last spring of some redbud trees in midtown Manhattan last spring. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ROCHELLE GREAYER | Garden & Landscape Design teacher (@pithandvigor) The Manhattan Redbuds (looking like Dr. Seuss Trees) Cercis canadensis trees exhibiting cauliflory. Cauliflory is a botanical term referring to plants that flower and fruit from their main stems or woody trunks rather than from new growth and shoots. The redbud norma ..read more
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The Cutest Cottage Garden Makeover for a Seattle Front Garden
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by rochelle greayer
2w ago
I’m simply blown away by this front yard cottage garden makeover in Seattle.  I am not sure what property values are doing in Washington, but I have to think that this garden and curb appeal makeover added way more than the average 10% value increase you can expect from improving your front garden. WANG Before – Front of house Images and design by Leah Steen Before – Backyard Welcome to Leah Steen’s adorable cottage with boxwood lined from the walk and a pretty clematis growing over the front door. Join The Collected Container Garden Course before Spring planting! We have a ..read more
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Design Ideas for Using Double White Impatiens in Your Landscape
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by About Rochelle Greayer
2w ago
My local Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s appear to have recently split a shipment of beautiful potted gardenias, and they both had them for sale a couple of weeks ago.  Drunk with the intoxicating scent, I impulsively bought one. In hindsight, I wouldn’t exactly have called it a great idea  – but it was only $8.99 so I won’t grieve too long, and I did get about two solid days of good smell in my kitchen before trouble set in.  I’m still not sure how much that is worth? But I do know I could have had very similar blooms – for much longer if I’d have opted instead for ..read more
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What’s the Amazing Purple Berry Bush on my Driveway? Callicarpa americana (Beautyberry)
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by rochelle greayer
3w ago
After growing one Callicarpa americana shrub at the top of my driveway for many years, last year I encouraged it to create a few babies (I used a laying technique). Beautyberry is the plant that everyone asks about – even the non-gardeners who visit my house. So, I figured it would be even better to have a few more around the landscape. I love Callicarpa– I first discovered it used in a wreath that I bought many years ago. The berries are so beautiful that I thought they were fake until I discovered the real plant. The wreath disintegrated after a couple of seasons, but now that I am growing t ..read more
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Spiky Liatris Spicata – Prairie Gay Feather Spices up the Garden
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by rochelle greayer
1M ago
Though I have been unlucky growing Liatris in my own garden (apparently, young plants are a rare delicacy, voraciously enjoyed by New England woodchucks), I have successfully placed Liatris spicata in many of my client’s gardens.  It is my go-to plant for a planting plan that needs a little excitement and something to draw the eye up. It’s flashy vertical spires of (the horticulturalists among us might call them terminal spikes) of deep purple flower heads are an atidote to a mix that needs just that bit of jazz.  Liatris pychostachya – PRAIRIE BLAZING STAR ..read more
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