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October 2011

Funky Vertical Planter

by Fern on October 31, 2011

in Inspiration

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I recently came across this snapshot from last year’s winter Patchwork Festival (a must see if you live in Southern California!). I love the brightness of the lemon yellow frame, and how easy the creator made it to grow vertically. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it a million times: taking advantage of your vertical space is one of the smartest moves a space-challenged container gardener can make.

Are you growing vertically?

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My book is listed on Amazon.com!

by Fern on October 26, 2011

in My Book

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Did you know you can now pre-order my book on Amazon? When it gets close to being officially published (February 2012) I will also be offering signed copies if you’d like a personalized version. :-)

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Get your DIY on with “Concrete Garden Projects”

October 24, 2011
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While emailing recently with my publisher (Timber Press), I discovered they had just published a new book called Concrete Garden Projects by Malin Nilsson and Camilla Arvidsson. The cover had such cute star-shaped containers planted with spring bulbs that I knew this was a book I wanted to read. Luckily Timber was willing to oblige my […]

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Restaurants are often good sources of container garden inspiration

October 22, 2011
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All of these photos were taken at restaurants in San Diego. Patio areas at trendier restaurants often incorporate interesting potted plants. Since restaurant patios are high traffic areas and it is doubtful that the restaurant staff has time to fuss over plants, you are often safe in assuming plants on local restaurant patios are tough, […]

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Neat container idea

October 19, 2011

Seems like this container could easily be recreated by someone with basic woodworking skills.

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Three ways iron planters can improve your small-space container garden

October 16, 2011
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I’m embarassed to admit that Outdoor Iron sent me this planter to review quite some time ago. As you can see from the photos, it’s a very cute planter. I used colorful pots and succulents to add a little interest to a small, narrow space in my parents’ side yard. It sits right under my […]

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FleurChat: Gardening in DC With Kathy Jentz

October 14, 2011
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Here is the transcript of our Fleur Chat held on October 13, 2011. The chat was moderated by yours truly (@lifeontheblcny). Our guest was Kathy Jentz (@WDCgardener), the publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine. We discussed flowers for the mid-Atlantic region, collecting seeds, and joining garden clubs.

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Fleur Chat: Daffodils with Charlotte Germane

October 13, 2011
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Here is the transcript of our Fleur Chat held on October 6, 2011. The chat was moderated by yours truly (@lifeontheblcny). Our guest was Charlotte Germane (@DaffodilPlanter), the blogger behind the fabulous blog Daffodil Planter. We discussed growing daffodils, daffodil companion plants, daffodil clubs, everything daffodils!

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