Wind Chimes for Japanese Gardens

I have some friends who have lived in Japan, or gone to teach school in Japan in the past, and for them, reminders of the tranquility of a Japanese garden are very pleasant reminders of the time they spent there.  So for those friends, and anyone else with a Japanese themed garden, these are some beautiful cast iron chimes I’ve found that will help bring a little of the authenticity of a Japanese garden to your patio.  Enjoy!

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Hound Dog Cultivator Review

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There are a few garden tools that can help you complete several types of garden tasks without really breaking a sweat, and this tool is an easily found workhorse that will fill just such a void.

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When to Apply Spring Broadleaf Weed Control

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What are Broadleaf Weeds and How do I Control Them?

Broadleaf Weed Control is usually a liquid application, and one that targets the growth of plants like the Broadleaf Plantain that is shown above, killing it quickly after contact.  This Broadleaf Weed Control is specifically designed to kill weeds like Plantains, Dandelions, Thistles, Wild Violet, Ground Ivy, and the like without impacting the average lawn.  What a Broadleaf weed killer will not kill is grass, or any grassy variety of weed like Quackgrass, Crabgrass, and Goosegrass.

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A Goldfish Wind Chime Straight from Japan

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I am a lover of all things ‘water garden,’ so when I found this Japanese cast-iron wind chime in the shape of a Goldfish and baby I thought it was really special!  I love the shape and color of it, and when the glazing catches the sunlight this chime really sparkles and has depth.

This wind chime costs $19.50, plus the time and material it takes to hang it up somewhere, so it’s not a big purchase, and it would probably make a great gift.  I think this fish chime is a really pretty and unique design, and it’s a break from the norm in garden decor.

17 Spring Blooming Perennials, Evergreens, and Bulbs

There can be a gap in blooming time between the blooms of Tulips and Daffodils, and your common summer perennials, so these are seventeen of my favorite mid-spring bloomers that help bridge the blossom gap in the garden and keep color moving through your yard.  If you need a pop of color to tide you over before it gets warm, try your hand at growing one of these!

 17 Spring Blooming Perennials, Evergreens, and Bulbs

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The Untimely Demise Of My Neighbor’s Microwave.

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Most stories in my neighborhood don’t involve three feet of snow, rapid gunfire, and raccoons, but this one does.

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When To Apply Spring Pre-Emergent

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Seasonal weed seeds begin sprouting in late February and early March when the rest of the lawn is still dormant.  If you are a lawn purist the appearance of these seasonal weeds can be a little depressing right at the beginning of the season, but remember that with careful planning, and a schedule of treatment, you can get control of your lawn before the heat of the summer sets in.

Use:

The best time to lay pre-emergent is in March and April, although it depends on your climate and altitude.  Pre-emergent by it’s definition is designed to be applied to the lawn as it is just waking up from winter dormancy.  Once it is applied to the lawn it forms a 30 day plus chemical barrier on the soil line that prevents the germination of weed seeds, or lawn and flower seeds.  It must be applied as the soil is warming up to be the most useful.  Pre-emergent does not kill weeds that have already emerged, or those that have already put down roots and established themselves.  Pre-emergent also will prevent the growth of grass seed at the soil line, so it is best used to control weeds several weeks before you intend to patch the lawn with grass seed.

When to Apply:

If your zone thaws and begins showing fresh grass growth in March and April, then you should apply Pre-emergent in March.  If you see new growth in April and May, then you should apply Pre-emergent in April.  Always try to stay one step ahead of the weeds in your yard, and and earlier application is usually best as opposed to one that is applied when the weeds seeds are already emerging. Don’t waste the chemical by applying before the ground is fully thawed, or when frost is still a common occurrence, the only effect you will achieve here is expensive rain run-off out of your yard, and into the sewage system.

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Why Don’t Ornamental Cherry Trees Produce Fruit?

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There are two types of Cherry Trees, one type is bred for its beautiful blossoms (sakura) and the other for its fruit (sakuranbo). If you look closely, you will notice that the cherry trees with beautiful blossoms do have tiny cherries, they are the small and inedible remnants of the ornamental Cherry Tree’s past as the fruiting Cherry.

Unlike the fruiting variety, the Ornamental Cherry Tree is a human bred cultivar.  Historical records indicate that the Japanese nobility began a practice of sharing meals, and hosting picnics under blooming Cherry trees around the 700s AD, and as Cherry Trees because synonymous with hospitality, relaxation, and leisure, they were bred and adapted into more showy varieties for the home and garden.  Now many many generations later we have several different colors and varieties of trees bred only for their beauty, who provide gorgeous displays of blooms each spring even though they have lost their ability over the years to produce their own fruit.

The Strawberry Bush

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This hot pink and orange shocker is a North American native shrub grazed by Bluebirds, Mockingbirds, Deer, Wood Thrush, and Wild Turkey.  It is so startlingly different from what the first Europeans to New England were familiar with, that it was purposely cultivated by colonists for shipment back to their countries of origin.  The colonists nicknamed the shrub “Hearts-a-Bursting,” and naturalists claim that the Native Americans at the time used it’s roots to make a homeopathic tea that treated things like stomach and urinary problems, and a prolapsed uterus.

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“Women’s Work” Paintings

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Girls are made up of sugar and spice no more, and these ‘Do It Yourself’ canvas mavens are ready to take care of business with or without help! [Read more...]