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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.

Chelsea Flower Show: The King of Flower Exhibitions

A veteran of many flower shows in the U.S., I was excited to attend my first ever Chelsea Flower Show in London, a rite of passage for any serious garden lover. Continue reading

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Honeybee NectarFlow-Black Locust Trees

Beekeepers, like farmers, still look outside in the natural world to gauge how to manage their honey crop. Black Locust blooming is a beekeeper sign to super up their hive for excess honey to harvest. Continue reading

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Fuzzy, Fragrant, & Ferny; Deer-Proof Plants For the Garden

The scourge of most people’s gardens, deer are cursed by everyone who plants a pricey carefully selected gem, that overnight becomes deer salad on the buffet line. The best defense against this concerted garden attack is to plant things that deer rarely if ever eat…. Kind of like putting out a liver dish for most people. Continue reading

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Three For the Bees

Pollinators are flying and searching for nectar and pollen to take back to their colony and the pickings are slim until the rest of the spring flowers open. Help them out with container plantings to supplement their foraging efforts Continue reading

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Native vs Non-Native-Which is Better for Pollinators?

Native or non-native in the garden: Which is better? Simple- everyone knows the answer to that question…Natives of course! As gardeners, we have been bombarded with information about the value to wildlife of native plants and the more natives the better. Continue reading

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Impatien Alternative-SunPatiens

If you haven’t heard by now, common Impatiens are in trouble. Lots of shade gardeners are bemoaning this right now, and wonder what should they plant instead!!?? Continue reading

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Heirloom Annuals

Welcome heirloom annuals back into the garden. Blending seamlessly with perennials and shrubs, old fashioned annuals will inject a long lasting blast of color into your garden. Continue reading

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Hellebores-Deer Resistant, Low Maintenance, Shade Loving Perennial

A well kept secret of garden enthusiasts, Hellebores should be more widely known to serious and not so serious gardeners alike; this is a plant that is worth seeking out. Source: Hellebores-Deer Resistant, Low Maintenance, Shade Loving Perennial

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Hellebores-Deer Resistant, Low Maintenance, Shade Loving Perennial

A well kept secret of garden enthusiasts, Hellebores should be more widely known to serious and not so serious gardeners alike; this is a plant that is worth seeking out. Continue reading

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The Great Backyard Bird Count

The 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) starts Friday, February 17, through Monday, February 20, 2017. Find out how you can contribute to this Citizen Science project. Continue reading

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