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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.

Spring Floating Beauties

Bowl floral arrangements are easy to put together even for the floral challenged. Dramatic and perfect for parties, you just need a large wide bowl and a few flowers. Continue reading

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Build the Buzz-Beekeeping Revolution

Beekeepers with new ideas, energy, and ways of doing things are transforming the apiary yard to something that beekeepers from 50 years ago wouldn’t recognize. Continue reading

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Milkweed not the solution for Monarch declines

Originally posted on Lep Log:
Monarch nectaring on goldenrod. I’ve talked with a number of you about this recent research from Cornell; I wanted to make you all aware of this paper (that I’ve been aware of for about a…

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Ladew Garden Festival 2016

Want to spend some time shopping for unique plants this weekend? Go to Ladew’s Garden Festival, pick up some beautiful plants and tour the gardens. attend the lectures and workshops. Continue reading

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Blooming Hill Greenhouse-A Family Owned Business

Patronizing independent nurseries, not big box store chains, is an important part of my shopping for plants. Blooming Hill Greenhouse in Parkton, MD is one I go back to again and again. Continue reading

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All Season Containers

Who says you have to wait until the weather warms up to plant your containers? Start planting now with these cold tolerant plants for instant color. Continue reading

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Honeybee Nuc 101

Want to start your own beehive? The bee Nuc, a miniature working beehive is the best and fastest way to start. Continue reading

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Black Goes With Everything

Black flowers bring excitement and drama to the garden and can transform flower borders and containers from the expected to the extraordinary. Continue reading

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Rotten Botany-Stinky Wonders of the Plant World

Who would have thought that foul smelling flowers are attractive to pollinators and other insects? Find out about three fascinating plants that attract pollinators with repulsive odors. Continue reading

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Springtime Viola Basket

Violas and pansies are budget friendly flowers that last for months in the spring and in the fall. Find out how to assemble an easy springtime arrangement using these fragrant beautiful blooms. Continue reading

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