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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.

Plant Geek Alert-Pink Zazzle Gomphrena

Pink Zazzle Gomphrena is a unique garden worthy plant that will add loads of color to the edge of the border and last for months as a dried flower for fall and winter arrangments. Continue reading

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Farmer Florist-My Luscious Backyard

Sarah Nixon of ‘My Luscious Backyard’ in Toronto, made a compelling demonstration that you can grow your own flowers and foliage to make your one-of-a-kind floral arrangements with very little space and time. Continue reading

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Bee Counted

  Drum roll please!……..It is National Pollinator Week starting today and you need to start counting those bees. Go to my post Pollinator Week to see the drill, but it is real simple. Name the flower, and then do a quick count, … Continue reading

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Deutzia-Retro Shrub

Deutzia is an old-fashioned shrub that has been re-packaged into a much smaller beautiful shrub for smaller landscapes and containers. Continue reading

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Pollinator Week

A presidential task force has been created to study the plight of bees, both native and non-native bees, and other insect pollinators. Go to The Great Sunflower Project to get more information on how to help out the bees. Continue reading

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Bee Swarm Videos

Videos of bees swarming is incredible. the whole process takes about 20 minutes. Continue reading

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Help! What Can I Plant Besides Impatiens???? Some Alternatives

Impatiens are an old shade standb for color in the shade. But a fungal infection has decimated this popular plant and people are wondering what to plant in its place. Continue reading

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Swarming of the Bees

Swarming is a natural process for bees to reproduce but beekeepers are always trying to prevent this because they won’t get the extra honey production for the year. Continue reading

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Alliums All Season Long

Alliums or Ornamental Onions are an under-used and unappreciated perennial that should be planted more Continue reading

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Gnomes on the Loose

Garden gnomes have been around for a long time and you either hate them or love them! I found some historic garden gnomes hidden away in an old house in the basement and brought them out into the light of day to enjoy. Continue reading

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