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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Butterfly’s Day

On this #WordlessWednesday, it’s highlighting the simple flight of a butterfly’s day. 

A Typical Garden Day Starts Here
Something New to Explore - Daylilies & More
To the Coneflowers - A Favorite Landing Spot
Always Begin Your Garden Flight at Dawn
As Stephen Coonts reminds us, “All really great flying adventures begin at dawn.” 

And if you missed Monday and Tuesday’s posts, make sure to check them out. When the Sun Shines and Designing for Paws. Enjoy!

©All images by Ann Bilowz

If you like this blog, hope you check in for your daily share's worth of inspiration, design, and garden tips; always original, not cookie cutter and copied. Just like our design work, we strive for unique! Like our Facebook follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog to receive posts daily via email or a feed. Either way, we hope you follow the postings somewhere in cyberspace and share it with your gardening friends. Contact me direct at Annie You can follow with visuals on Pinterest and find us on LinkedIn and Houzz, too.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Designing for Paws

Designing for Paws
Designing a user-friendly landscape for high-impact outdoor activity? Always take into account a finished product you can engage in rather than just view from a certain vantage point. All things considered, your household may encompass children and four-legged pets. Here’s an archived post from a few years back, Follow the Flow , which might shed some light on finding the ‘desire lines’ simply by following the natural flow. In short, let the paws do some of your work.  

Make it user-friendly if there’s high-impact activity (children and pets). What you welcome into your landscape determines how you eventually interact with its many facets.  In regards to the previous post, the dogs won out. Where there once was a section of a garden is now an orchard. Choosing the path of least resistance often makes the most design sense. 

Dog Lovers Welcome
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© Bottom Image – Ann Bilowz

 If you like this blog, hope you check in for your daily share's worth of inspiration, design, and garden tips; always original, not cookie cutter and copied. Just like our design work, we strive for unique! Like our Facebook follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog to receive posts daily via email or a feed. Either way, we hope you follow the postings somewhere in cyberspace and share it with your gardening friends. Contact me direct at Annie You can follow with visuals on Pinterest and find us on LinkedIn and Houzz, too.

Monday, July 21, 2014

When the Sun Shines

When the Sun Shines

It’s imagery Monday – content for your eyes.  Catching those rays of sunshine can be wonderful for our sun-loving plants but there’s one quick piece of advice for plant and garden lovers abound as we head into the latter part of July. It’s a repeated message, and often during the summer months. But regardless where you live, most cities and towns impose some type of water restrictions for outdoor use. Don’t ignore them. Being a steward of this precious resource (water) is as important as being a good steward of the land. If you’ve been paying attention, California is once again experiencing a terrible drought and it is an eye-opener for all to question how and when you water and what.

For instance, if you aren’t supposed to water your lawn on a particular day, make sure your irrigation timer is set correctly for the appropriate times. If you employ garden help, make them privy to your particular town or city’s rules.

Another subtle reminder: watering lawns are similar to phantom energy (the electricity drawn from outlets when equipment is off but still plugged in.)  There is something cool and beautiful about lush, green lawn but repeated watering actually makes your lawn less tough. So don’t be afraid to hold off on watering. It’s amazing how much water is used each year to irrigate lawns and often times, lawns are watered too frequently and a lot weaker because of it.

So toughen up your landscape for when the sun does shine. Make for beautiful garden moments and in the process, be a good steward of all the resources.   As one unknown author once said, “Put your future in good hands – your own.”
Common Name - Painted Tongue

©All images by Ann Bilowz
If you like this blog, hope you check in for your daily share's worth of inspiration, design, and garden tips; always original, not cookie cutter and copied. Just like our design work, we strive for unique! Like our Facebook follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog to receive posts daily via email or a feed. Either way, we hope you follow the postings somewhere in cyberspace and share it with your gardening friends. Contact me direct at Annie You can follow with visuals on Pinterest and find us on LinkedIn and Houzz, too.

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Looking for a dose of inspiration in the barrage of negative news? Each morning my garden blog intention is to provide observations, tips or share something easy to love about gardens, landscape design or the great outdoors. It’s daily like a column so if you’re in need of a routine, you’ve landed on the right garden post. Welcome to Annie’s Gardening Corner. Here's the direct link. http://blog.bilowzassociates.com/

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