Bring the Beauty of Nature into your Life
Our Knowledge Nursery
Think of this site as a garden nursery of knowledge about plants and landscape design. Seeds of inspiration and guides for getting the most out of your planting efforts should sprout into experience of nature which is the real teacher in this endeavor.
The importance of gardening technique and tips is that the success it gardners fuels your enthusiasm and helps you to not give up in the inevitable failures. Life is ever changing, in which the garden a microcosm of that truth. Plants are lost to freak cold snaps or heat waves and droughts, but the fresh and unexpected beauties of the earth overshadow any losses.
Don’t underestimate your possibilities or those of your garden. As you experience the special characteristics of your climate and soil, you will also discover your own capacities and delights in cultivating your ground.
My hope is that you discern what type of gardener you are, what most delights you in the outdoor space, and develop the capabilities of making the most of both.
A circle of sunshine and flowers to attract a mob of butterflies is dream for many of us. We can imagine ourselves stretched out comfortably in a lawn chair, drink in hand, while entertained by graceful fluttering wings in jeweled colors visit the bright flower beds....
Sometimes Less Really IS More While a container recipe with a range of plant material can be amazingly beautiful, there are times we simply want the flower statement to be powerful and simple. This can give a stunning effect. Especially true when planters are viewed...
A video tour of a French garden presents a slew of ideas to create pleasing features in our own home places. (The Aussie Garden makeover at the end of this post lays out how that works, practically). Les Jardins de Maizicourt in Northern France First, let's look at...
Do You Like Gardening Quotes?
“Designing the garden is like learning to speak. You begin with odd words learning the individual plants. Then you create a simple phrase, finding two or three plants that look well together, next comes a sentence and finally the complete story.”
~ Beth Chatto
The most serious gardening I do would seem very strange to an onlooker, for it involves hours of walking round in circles, apparently doing nothing. ~
A Suite of Sites
“Ilona’s Garden Journal”, my original blog, has a new home and a new name: come visit the Home Garden Companion!
The Garden Librarian is home to reviews of interest to gardeners.
Ilona1.com lets you know what’s happening with my sites and social media.