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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.

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Either a strong design element or something that disappears into the background, fencing is important when designing a garden. Continue reading

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Fresh Herbal Wreath

Would you like to preserve some of the herbal garden bounty for the fall and winter? A quick wreath project using fresh herbs that are pliable and fragrant, can last all winter long hanging in your kitchen. Continue reading

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Extracting the Flavor Of The Year-Honey

Honey has reached “classic” status after it was named Flavor of the Year for 2015. Find out how to extract this new “classic” flavor from the hive. Continue reading

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The Great Butterfly Bush Debate

Butterfly Bush, Buddleia davidii, has been getting a lot of bashing lately from garden writers, ecologists, and conservationists. Attacked from all sides by master gardeners and other garden professionals, I am sticking to my guns on the benefits and pleasures of planting it. Continue reading

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Got Milk…….. Weed?

Milkweed, an ignored plant of the road side, is making a comeback with gardeners and people concerned with the environment. A fascinating plant valuable to many insects, including the Monarch, is essential to providing food and shelter for many animals and insects. Continue reading

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Hypertufa Party

How to make a beautiful garden trough with all the character of a carved stone English feeding troughs traditionally made out of granite. Continue reading

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Butterfly Watching

August is butterfly month and the best time to observe and photograph them. Temperature, time of day, and certain types of flowers will attract them to your yard. Continue reading

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Plant Lust: More Must-Haves

New perennial plant introductions come out in the hundreds every year. But these plants top my list to buy for next year’s garden. Continue reading

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Rolling in the Blackberries

Blackberries are the ultimate easy to grow super food for your yard. Ease of culture, picking, and eating, makes this berry a win win for anyone. Continue reading

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Plant Lust- 8 Must Haves

Plant lust or envy is a condition with no cure or treatment. A craving or appetite for unusual plants is a well known condition in garden circles and you learn to live with it. See what is on my current list. Continue reading

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