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January 2011

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    Book Giveaway Exclusively for California Gardeners

    I'm sorry. I'm really late. I should have posted this blog before you sent your letter to Santa. But there's a book that needs to be in every California gardener's…

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    A perfect match

    I took today's photo while touring some gardens last spring with Rebecca Sweet in Los Altos Hills, California. Since she's worked and designed in this garden, I thought I'd let…

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    Containers by Deanne Fortnam, Part 4

    One last day of awesome containers from Deanne Fortnam! This is one of my personal favorites. Deanne says, "This is another arrangement from my container border. It uses the pizzazz…

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    Containers by Deanne Fortnam, Part 3

    Here's yet another great container design from Deanne Fortnam in New Hampshire. Believe me, she's got dozens more! Of this one she says, "This medley of container plantings is part…

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    Containers by Deanne Fortnam, Part 2

    Here is the second in our series of four awesome container designs by New Hampshire gardener Deanne Fortnam. Here's what she says about this masterpiece: "This arrangement features from the…

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    Containers by Deanne Fortnam, Part 1

    Yesterday's mailbox planting designed by Deanne Fortnam was such a hit that Deanne and I decided we should share some of her containers for the rest of this week. We'll…

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    Give new roses a good “boxing” around the roots

    You've heard about not planting new roses in soil that used to contain roses. There is truth to this and here is a simple way to deal with it.

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    Wow the mailman!

    Deanne Fortnam is one of my favorite container gardeners. Her exuberant style and keen sense for color result in some of the most stunning container designs I've ever seen. She…

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    Are your plants superhydrophobic?

    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…

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    Morning glories in the afternoon

    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…