Monday, December 31, 2012
Jardin des Tuileries
It is known for its ornamental ponds, terraces, and collection of bronze figures by Aristide Maillol. In addition to the beautiful perrenial flowers, the garden is home to 20 species of trees, including Mulberry and Judas trees.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Hidden Hill Nursery and Sculpture Garden
It's a fun place to take kids. The sculptures are quite interesting (there's a cute dragon that's really popular) and there are many unusual plants.
The nursery is open on Friday from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, and Sunday from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Admission is free.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
South Coast Botanic Garden
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Jardin des Plantes
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
How to Make an Evergreen Wreath
1. Pick your evergreens. They can be collected from your yard or purchased. Using all of the same kind gives a formal look. Different kinds can give it more texture. Some kinds of evergreens to consider are fir, juniper, and arborvitae.
2. Soak your evergreens. Cut off the bottom of each branch at an angle and soak for 24 hours in a bucket of water. This will make the wreath last longer.
3. Gather materials: a wreath form, florist wire, evergreen branches, pruning sheers, and decorations like ribbons and bows.
4. Trim evergreen branches into small, easy to work with pieces.
5. Lay the form on a flat surface, concave side facing up to hold the evergreens.
6. Lay a piece of evergreen on the form and loop wire around the woody stem, and then loop around the wreath form to attach.
7. Overlap with another of the same kind of evergreen, facing the same direction and attach the same way.
8. After your base is done, you can add other types of evergreens and decorations.
It's a good idea to make your wreath about a week before Christmas so it looks nice for the holiday.
Before I go, I'd like to thank all of you who visited my A-Z post and also thank those of you who voted for Gone Gardening in the blog awards. I really appreciate it!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Guest Blogger on A-Z Blog Challenge
Hey everybody. Today, I'm over at the A-Z Challenge blog answering questions about my posts from the A-Z challenge. If you have a chance, please stop by! Also, I'm very excited to announce that Gone Gardening is a finalist in Karen's blogs of the year awards! It's under "Best Kept Secret." If you have a moment, and you like my blog, please visit and cast your vote. Thank you Karen, and thanks to all of you for following!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
International Friendship Gardens
Quick advertisement: I am a guest at greeting card designer, Tracy Campbell's blog. I'll be giving away copies of my books. If you have time, please stop by and visit!
Also, if you'd like to see a baby picture of me, stop by Mama Diaries, where I'm particpating in the Baby Faces blogfest.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Garden at the Musee Rodin
Monday, November 26, 2012
Mendocino Coast Botancial Garden
Friday, November 23, 2012
The Christmas cactus, or Schlumbergera, is native to the mountains of south-eastern Brazil. It likes shade and high humidity. It can be recognized by its leaf-like pads and pink flowers which flower only around Thanksgiving or Christmas (hence the name).
Here are some tips for caring for your Christmas cactus:
1. Keep away from direct sunlight, drafts, heat vents, or fireplaces.
2. Provide a source of humidity. You can put a tray of water next to the plant, so that the water evaporates and provides humidity.
3. Do not overwater. Once a week should be enough. And if you can, don't water from the top. It is best to put the plant in a tray of water and allow water to seep through holes in the bottom of the container.
4. Prune your cactus one month after blooming.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Descanso Gardens, located in La Canada Flintridge, California, is a lovely place to visit if you are ever in southern California. It covers 160 acres, and was founded in 1953 by newspaper magnate, E. Manchester Boddy, who owed the Los Angeles Daily News.
Descanso Gardens is known as the "garden of gardens." There are several beautiful gardens on the property, including a Japanese garden, a rose garden, a lilac garden, and a California Native Garden. Vistors can also ride the Enchanted Railroad, which is a replica of a diesel train that takes visitors around a section of the garden.
The garden is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission for adults is $8.00. Children are $6.00.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Stanley M. Rowe Arboretum
Today, there are over 900 labeled trees and plants, including conifers, lilac, oaks, and magnolias. Visitors can stroll along the paths, enjoying the natural flora and fauna of Cincinnati.
The arboretum is open from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.
One last thing: Joanne Faries bestowed this Addictive Blog Award on me. Thank you, Joanne! I guess if you really like gardens, this blog can be addictive!
I will pass it on to Arnie at Travel Gourmande and Elle Sees.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Visitors can enjoy an expansive green lawn, gorgeous flowers, an octagonal pond of water known as the Grand Bassin where children sail model boats, statues, and two fountains: the Medici Fountain, a romantic baroque fountain built in 1630, and the Fontaine de l'Observatoire, built in 1873.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
One more thing, before I close: I am a guest on author, Virginia Wright's blog. I'll be giving away free copies of my book, That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN! And tomorrow (November 5th), I'm participating in the I'm Thankful for my Readers blog hop on my other blog, Mama Diaries. I am very thankful for all of my followers here! To show my appreciation, I will be giving away an Amazon gift card. Please stop by and comment, so you can have a chance to win!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Fall Fairy Gardens
To make a fairy garden, you need to find natural things that would make a pretty place for fairy folk to visit.
I like to cut off the side of a small pumpkin and clean out the seeds and goop. Then I fill it with stones and other assorted natural trinkets which serve as tables and seats. A few acorns make it look festive, too. Then I place it outside, in an out-of-the-way location, and make pebble paths leading to tree branch structures and other fairy abodes. You can decorate your garden dwellings with mums, goldenrod, sedum, or any other fall flowers you can find.
My kids love doing this, and it adds a touch of whimsy to my garden. Now if only my dog would leave it alone!
Monday, October 29, 2012
Filoli has served as the set for many Hollywood films. You may have seen the mansion on the opening credits for the show, Dynasty.
There are several tours you can take, including one of the mansion. If you can,I would recommend doing it. You can also take a 2-hour nature hike. A word of caution about that - some parts are strenuous, so you should be in good health to do it.
The gardens are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Admission is $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.
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