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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.

Grand Entrance-Decorate for the Holidays

Creating holiday outdoor containers with Pizzazz is a snap using fresh greens from your garden. Continue reading

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Amaryllis Primer

Waxing Amaryllis bulbs so gardeners can simply plop their bulb anywhere and let nature take its course, is the latest trend with Amaryllis bulbs. If you are an old fashioned gardener and want to keep your bulbs year to year, then read on. Continue reading

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Allium-Bulb of the Year 2016

Alliums are the best kept secret of the bulb world and once you start planting them, you will add to your collection every year. Deer resistant, easy to grow, and multi-season interest are some of their best attributes. Continue reading

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Pumpkin Treats-Decorating with Succulents

Succulents and pumpkins go together like peanut butter and jelly. Decorating the pumpkins with succulents gives you a long lasting Thanksgiving decoration that requires little care. Continue reading

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Plant Oddity – Pumpkin On A Stick

Pumpkin on a Stick is actually an eggplant but looks like tiny dancing pumpkins. Easy to grow, you can use them in stir fry dishes or dry for fall arrangements. Continue reading

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Moth Tongues and Orchids-Darwin’s Prediction Came True

The Comet Orchid and it’s Hawk Moth pollinator is a fascinating story of how biologist Darwin predicted the existence of the insect before it was even discovered. Continue reading

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Honey-Eternal Shelf Life & Other Amazing Facts

Many people don’t know how to store of care for their honey after it leaves the hive. Find out how to enjoy honey and all it’s health benefits long after a bee has touched it. Continue reading

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Floating Beauties

Inspired by Chanticleer floating gardens, anyone can create a stunning water arrangement in minutes using seasonal foliage and flowers from your garden. Continue reading

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Winter Savory-A Keeper!

Aromatic, culinary, and medicinal. Winter Savory is an underplanted, underused landscape plant that you can snip off branches for cooking. Continue reading

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Gourdzilla!! Growing Champion Pumpkins

The Growing Growing titanic orbs or gourds is a competitive cut throat sport. As recently as 16 years ago, the heaviest (official) pumpkin weighed a mere 403 pounds. Now in 2015 the one ton mark has been surpassed. That is a … Continue reading

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