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Are your plants superhydrophobic?

Are your plants superhydrophobic?

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I think I could spend hours playing with water on lotus leaves. I'm too young to have memories of playing with drops of mercury, but I imagine the effect is similar, right? I went online to see what...

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Morning glories in the afternoon

Morning glories in the afternoon

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One last shot from Charleston, and then I'm done, I promise. I adore this gateway. The humble morning glory makes quite an impact here, eh? The palms and tropicals that embrace the gate add to the...

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Theres always room for a garden

There's always room for a garden

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Continuing on in the Charleston theme (there seems to be no end to the great garden ideas from my tour there several years ago), here's a photo of the front entryway to a stately Charleston home...

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Another Charleston garden scene

Another Charleston garden scene

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Here's a shot from another Charleston garden. I love how this gardener has mixed the tropical exuberance of the elephant ear with the formality of the clipped hedge. Perhaps this is more common...

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Keeping cool in a Charleston courtyard

Keeping cool in a Charleston courtyard

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Even in October, Charleston's gardens are still kicking. This was taken a few years ago. It was still pretty darned warm in South Carolina that October, but this garden felt cool and inviting. That...

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Washing Machines and Art Collide in a Santa Barbara Garden

Washing Machines and Art Collide in a Santa Barbara Garden

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"Honey, I'm so proud of you taking a sculpture class. And I'm sure there's a perfect spot near the hose bibb." Unfortunately, that's how a lot of "art" winds up in the garden.

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Remember what spring feels like?

Remember what spring feels like?

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Well this is what it looks like! I took this photo at a local private school in my town last May 1st. I remember what the air felt like. Unfamiliarly balmy, palpably misty, and amazing! It was like...

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

The snowfall we just had in the Southeast isn't normal for us. Should we worry about snow on the roses?

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READER PHOTO! Winter asparagus

READER PHOTO! Winter asparagus

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Today's winter-themed photo is from Victoria Coates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She says, "I have been amazed by the ongoing beauty of this asparagus fern.  It had a hearty run this...

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READER PHOTO! Grasses & a hay bale table

READER PHOTO! Grasses & a hay bale table

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One last photo from Philip Leveridge in Austin, Texas. I fell in love with his hay bale garden table. He says, "These grasses lie between a couple of hidden galvanized steel stock tank pools. I...

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READER PHOTO! Busy bee

READER PHOTO! Busy bee

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Today we have another photo from East Side Patch, the garden of Philip Leveridge in Austin, Texas. He says, "I have a bunch of mist flowers in the Patch and when they bloom they are magnets for all...

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Enter The Hybrid Tea

Enter The Hybrid Tea

In the late 1800s a new class of roses was introduced that changed everything.

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READER PHOTO! Touchable texture and contrast from two great plants

READER PHOTO! Touchable texture and contrast from two great plants

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Today's photo is from Philip Leveridge in Austin, Texas. Philip is a garden designer, and his home garden is called East Side Patch. Of this picture, he says, "I like combining contrasting...

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READER PHOTO! Milkweed seeds

READER PHOTO! Milkweed seeds

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Todays photos come from Jenny Koester in Cincinnati, Ohio. She says, "I took these milkweed photos in September 2010 in Ault Park in Cincinnati. Ault Park has gorgeous garden designed and maintained...

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READER PHOTO! Curved terrace stairs tame a slope

READER PHOTO! Curved terrace stairs tame a slope

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Today's photos come from Jan Johnsen, who also contributed yesterday's post. Jan is a garden designer from Mount Kisco, New York. Today she says...  Welcome to the Fine Gardening GARDEN PHOTO OF THE DAY blog! Every weekday we post a new...

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READER PHOTO! A blue gate thats irresistible to visitors

READER PHOTO! A blue gate that's irresistible to visitors

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Today's photo is from Jan Johnsen, a garden designer in Mount Kisco, New York. She says, "Who doesn’t love the mystery of a blue gate? This is the main entry to a spiral vegetable garden that I...

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Kicking off year #2 of the GPOD!

Kicking off year #2 of the GPOD!

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It was a year ago today that we started up the Garden Photo of the Day blog. Since then we've posted over 450 inspiring garden photos, many of which came from you, our GPOD readers! I took a few...

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Shakespeare on pruning

Shakespeare on pruning

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Hamlet uncut Erik Draper’s article on fixing pruning mistakes (“Oh, No! Now What?,” Fine Gardening #137, Jan/Feb 2011,p. 44) addresses the anxiety that gardeners have always felt...

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Front-and-center foliage

Front-and-center foliage

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The white-veined leaves of Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek' steal the show in this tropical combination. But supporting players also do their part. The heart-shaped leaves of Ipomoea batatas 'Ace of...

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Out With The Old And In With The New

Out With The Old And In With The New

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Removing old canes should be part of any rose maintenance program. But how do you know it's old, how much do you take out?

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