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About thegardendiaries

Claire Jones is a landscape and floral designer and owner of Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC. She designs and helps people to create their own personal outdoor oasis and loves to write about her gardening failures and successes.

Centerpiece Ideas for Thanksgiving

Can’t come up with a Thanksgiving centerpiece? Use natural materials and pumpkins to come up with a easy, low cost solution. Continue reading

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Crimson Poppies at The Tower of London

A sea of crimson poppies have been planted all summer in the moat at the Tower of London to commemorate all the British forces that died in WWI. Continue reading

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Autumn’s Colors

Fall colors are beautiful if you plant the right perennials, trees and shrubs. Continue reading

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Plant Oddity – Pumpkin On A Stick

Pumpkin On A Stick is an heirloom eggplant variety that looks like tiny orange pumpkins. They can be used for cooking or decorating. Continue reading

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Gourdzilla!! Giant Pumpkin Shenanigans

Growing titanic pumpkins or gourds is a competitive cut throat sport. As recently as 16 years ago, the heaviest (official) pumpkin weighed a mere 403 pounds. Now in 2014 the one ton mark has been surpassed! That is a lot of pumpkin. Continue reading

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Pumpkin Eye Candy

There are so many varieties of pumpkins to choose from, both old heirlooms and newer varieties, like Porcelain Doll. Try out some pumpkin ice cream and learn how to decorate with all these different pumpkins. Continue reading

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Fall Pod Basket-Everlasting Decoration

Create an everlasting harvest pod basket with assorted cones, pods, and dried botanicals to decorate your Thanksgiving table. Continue reading

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Tragic, Moving, and Beautiful – Flight 93 Memorial

Flight 93 Memorial located in Shanksville, PA is a work in progress to honor the sacrifice of 40 passengers who tried to stymie the efforts of the high jackers on their plane. Meadows, trees, and wetlands are being restored and planted to beautify the grounds. Continue reading

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Pumpkin Treats-Decorating with Succulents

Pumpkins and succulents are natural companions, adding a fall flair to decorating. Easy to do, no mess decorating gourds and pumpkins is outlined in this quick tutorial. Continue reading

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Spinning Honey

Honey spinning is a big event at my house in the fall. Extracting and bottling the honey is a surprisingly simple low tech but messy task. Continue reading

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