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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.

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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The Great Sunflower Project – The Backyard Bee Count

Would you like to help out native bees and honey bees? Plant Lemon Queen Sunflowers and start counting bee visits as the flower bloom and mature to add to the data base for North America so that scientists can study bees better. Continue reading

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Happy Hollow- Hosta Mecca

Hostas are easy to grow in the shade and should be in every garden. Happy Hollow Nursery is the best place to pick out a great selection of these shade loving perennials. Continue reading

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Macy’s Flower Show-Art In Bloom

Art in Bloom at Macy’s in NYC is a breath of spring after our long cold winter. Floral creations beautifully interpret major art movements. Continue reading

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Orchid Mania at NYBG (New York Botanical Gardens)

Orchids reign supreme right now at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. If you can’t make it, enjoy these pictures of the orchid chandeliers and islands. Continue reading

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Home Sweet Home-Providing the Perfect Habitat for Mason Bees

Now is the time to provide straw or wood tubes for our native mason bees who are looking for a home. Continue reading

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